Women in Aviation International’s 28th Annual Convention

Photo by Andrew Zaback, WIA
WIA photograph by Andrew Zaback

Next week, Women in Aviation International (WIA) will be holding their 28th annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

According to WIA, over 5,000 aviation professionals are expected to attend the event, including “91 international guests representing 16 countries.”

The convention focuses on informing the public, encouraging more women to join the aviation industry and advancing the careers of those already in the field.

The Federal Aviation Administration stated in 2015 that there were 101,164 commercial pilots in the United States, however only 6.6 percent of those are women.

Although the number of women in the aviation industry have been steadily increasing, WIA believes that the toughest barriers are that female students are not encouraged as strongly as men to pursue non-traditional types of careers.

Dr. Peggy Chabrian,president and founder of WIA stated that this year, the nonprofit will award more than $650,000 in scholarships to young members seeking to pursue an aviation career.