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May Chapter Meeting – 3rd Annual Sky’s the Limit: Interactive Aviation Camp

We’re looking forUntitledward to our 3rd annual Sky’s the Limit: Interactive Aviation Camp for girls tomorrow! We’re expecting 103 young ladies to attend. Thank you very much to the 25 volunteers who have so generously donated their time!


April Chapter Meeting – Chicago Center Tour


Happy spring Chicago’s Leading Edge!  This month we have a great tour set up of Chicago Center on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00pm.  If you’d like to attend this event, please RSVP to Lisa Ehn at  Attendance may be limited, so RSVP soon!  For directions, please click here.  The address is as follows:  Chicago Center ARTCC, 619 Indian Trail, Aurora IL 60178.

Parking is prior to the guard booth on the left.  You will not be able to enter past the guard booth without escort.  Our tour guide will meet us at the guard booth and bring us in.  We’ll see you in a few weeks!  Thanks for your continued support and I hope it gets warm soon!

Women in Aviation, International Conference 2014

WAI conference 2014AThe Chicago Chapter had a wonderful time at the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held on Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Orlando, FL, USA. This year’s Conference took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Participants in the 2014 WAI Conference were immersed in the tactics and strategies necessary for successful aviation careers. More than 4,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry are expected to attend.

Our Chapter members were very successful this year.  Two Lewis University students had job interviews at the conference and our Chapter Vice President, Maureen Hallacy was awarded a 737 type rating scholarship!  Congrats to all!


Fundraising Success!

A big thank you to everyone who was able to attend our 2nd Annual Trivia Fundraiser night at Fitz’s Spare Keys in Elmhurst!  It was a great success!  We were able to raise $1911.32 in donations and silent auction items, which is more than enough for us to fund next year’s scholarships.  We’ll use the additional funds raised for our Sky’s the Limit:Interactive Aviation Camp for Girls coming up Saturday, May 3rd.  We plan to provide transportation to students who would not otherwise be able to attend the event.

Kelsey Fultz was our winner of this year’s Paperless Pilot Scholarship and was awarded an iPad with a one year subscription to ForeFlight and Andrew Fischenberg was awarded the Future’s Unlimited Scholarship which will fund his trip to this year’s Women in Aviation International Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Again, thank you so much for all of your generosity and support!

American Eagle Tour February 11th at 6:30


Hello everyone!  We have a great tour of American Eagle Operations and an aircraft planned for February 11th at 6:30pm.  We will meet in Terminal 3, upper level (departures), inside door 3C.  We’ll be sure to keep it under three hours for short term parking.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!  Please email if you’d like to attend.

Stay warm out there!

Join us for our 2nd annual Trivia Night and Fundraiser – February 20th

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2013 Christmas Party Fun

WAI 2013 Xmas  Group

 Thank you all for attending this year’s holiday party at Pilot Pete’s Balloon room.  The toys were donated to Toys for Tots successfully and it’s great to know that we helped make someone’s Christmas a little better this year.

We have some fun events lined up for the future including an Eagle tour and a fundraising event for next year’s scholarships.  We’ll see you next year!


December Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 17th

LOGO PIC1_mediumJoin Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation for our 5th Annual Holiday Party!

  • Place:  Pilot Pete’s
  • Date:  Tuesday, December 17th (also the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brothers Flight!)
  • Time:  6:30PM
  • Cost:  $25-$30.  Exact price TBA when we have final number of attendees.

Each year our chapter donates aviation related toys to Toys for Tots.  This will hopefully not only bring others joy but also encourage kids to love aviation as much as we do.  Please bring one unwrapped toy to spread a little holiday cheer.  Additionally, this year we’ve decided to add a little deliciousness to our evening by having a cookie exchange.  Bring six of your favorite cookies together in a bag or container with recipe attached and swap for another member’s favorite!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!  Additional guests are welcome and encouraged so invite your friends!  For directions, please click here.

Please RSVP to by December 10th if you’d like to attend.  Friends and family are welcome!

Chicago’s Leading Edge Scholarships Due December 1st!

The 2013 Chicago’s Leading Edge Scholarships are here!  This year we are proud to offer 2 scholarships!  The deadline for all scholarships is December 1st, 2013!  Good luck!

Future’s Unlimited 2014

Paperless Pilot 2014

Applicants can feel free to apply for both scholarships, however they are only eligible to win one.  Good luck everyone!

Please email for more information.

Women in Aviation International Scholarship Due November 18th!

indexScholarships for 2014 are now available. Be sure to read How to Win a Scholarship and gain valuable advice on getting the scholarship you really want!

WAI is proud to offer a diverse selection of scholarships again this year. Please be sure to read the scholarship descriptions carefully as some have special instructions and/or additional requirements.

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation, International. In the past 24 years WAI has disbursed millions of dollars to its members to help them get ahead and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. There is an award for nearly everyone here, from the college student to the woman or man returning to the workforce, from managers and dispatchers to pilots, engineers, technicians and mechanics.

We could not bring these scholarships to you without the assistance of our generous sponsors and corporate members, so please remember as you fill out your applications that they are the reasons why we can offer these incredible opportunities. You must be a member of Women in Aviation, International to apply for these scholarships. You can join online at It will be the best $39 (only $29 for students) that you’ll spend this year.

You can download the official scholarship application form though, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or later to view it. You can also e-mail us at to have an application sent to you.

All scholarships, unless otherwise noted, will be awarded during the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, to be held at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, March 6-8, 2014. Applications must be signed and postmarked by November 18, 2013.