WAI

WAI will award more than 110 scholarships to members at every stage of life valued at nearly $633,000. Applications for 2018 scholarships are due November 13, 2017.

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International. In the past 20 years, WAI has disbursed more than $10 million to its members to help them reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is truly something for every interest.

The 2018 scholarship program will begin in July and run through November 13, 2017. Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation International by November 1, 2017, and may apply for no more than three scholarships. Internships are not included in the three per member scholarship limit.

2018 WAI Scholarship Application

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

Whirly-Girls 2018 Helicopter Scholarships Deadline Extended to October 15th

The deadline for applications for the multitude of excellent opportunities has been extended to October 15, 2017. Awards are available for both experienced and new pilots See all the details here and get your application in now! Select from one or more of the following available scholarships which are to be formally awarded at the annual Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
  • Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship
  • Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship
  • Airbus Flight Training Scholarship
  • Antipodean Aviation and Embry-Riddle Wire and Obstacle Environment Awareness Course Scholarship
  • Embry-Riddle Commercial Helicopter Pilot Ground School Course Scholarship
  • Erickson Vertical Reference/External Load Scholarship
  • FlightSafety International Bell 206 Scholarship
  • ForeFlight Pro Plus
  • Garmin GTN & G500/600 Course Scholarship
  • Night Flight Concepts Night Vision Goggles Initial Pilot Qualification Scholarship
  • Oregon Aero CRM/AMRM Instructor Training Scholarship
  • Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship
  • Robinson Helicopter R66 Safety Course Scholarship
  • Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarship
  • The Thurn-Herr Annual Advanced Training Scholarship

Selection Factors

In evaluating scholarship applications, the judges look for evidence that you have a set goal in mind for the scholarship training, that there is a good probability that you will succeed, that you will go on to reap benefits from your training, and that you are the type of person that will share your talents with others.

Judges look for evidence of the following:

  • Goal for the flight training specified.
  • Experience, service to others, and what others have to say about you through your letters of recommendation.
  • Achievements in life, particularly in aviation and the helicopter industry.
  • Attitude toward self and others, as shown through the entire application package.
  • Neatness, ability to follow instructions, completeness and accuracy of your application.
  • Reliability, motivation, and commitment to success as shown through prior employment, jobs and activities, and service to others.
  • Dedication to your career as shown through prior employment, especially in the helicopter industry.
  • Ability to accept responsibility and teamwork as shown through prior jobs and activities.
  • Financial need.

 

Mark Aletky

The Mark Aletky Life Celebration event at ROTOR FX was attended by 100’s of friends, pilots, students, family and former band-mates.

Mark’s careers spanned music as a performer, manager and producer (mentored by Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire) to flying charter jets. Mark was undoubtably LA’s absolute best tour pilot and provided ten of thousands of people their first experience of Los Angeles and for so many their very first airplane flight.  Others were rewarded by his thorough and entertaining flight instruction and most recently he added a drone pilot certification to his many achievements.

Some of the family and friends attending the Mark Aletky Life Celebration event pose for a group shot

In every realm he touched so many people with his persistent smile and warm positive personality. His greatest accomplishment and legacy was building his phenomenal family who will miss his presence and guidance deeply.

So Mark, our great friend, fly on forever doing what you loved most .. you can never be replaced and it was our collective honor and privilege to have had you touch our lives.

Click here for Mark Aletky Slide Show 

CGS TV’s Explore Series visits ROTOR FX to look into the workings of rotorcraft with host Anna Cicone of the CG Society. This is the beginning of their new series “where we’ll be venturing out and learning how real-world, practical places can influence our creativity and designs – and we’re taking you with us!”