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Region VIII and Lewis University need your support!  OverviewSeveral colleges across the region will be competing from October 6-10th, 2015 at Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois and would love to have alumni, friends and local aviators as volunteer judges for the event. No experience is needed and training is provided prior to competition.  It’s a really fun way to give back to the next generation of aviation!

If you are interested in judging for all or part of the competition or have any questions, please contact Any time that you have to donate is greatly appreciated!

O’Hare 5K on the Runway – September 27 at 8:00am

The O’Hare 5K on the Runway is happening Sunday, September 27, 2015! Don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to set foot on O’Hare’s newest runway built as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program before it opens to air traffic in mid-October.

The 5K course will take participants onto Runway 10R at the center of one of the busiest airfields in the world, with the thrilling sights and sounds of planes taking off and landing nearby. They need many volunteers to make this happen.  Please register at the below link.

Additionally, stay tuned for information on our October Annual Membership meeting!  Date and time TBA!

September Chapter Meeting – Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30pm



The September Chapter meeting will be held at Lewis University’s Harold E. White Aviation Building Room HW126 at 6:30pm and will feature a resume building seminar in preparation for the upcoming Women in Aviation, International and Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter scholarship deadlines.

This is a great opportunity to put together a winning scholarship package to help finance your future training! For more information contact


2015 Scholarships are here!

The 2015 Chicago’s Leading Edge Scholarships are here!  This year we are proud to offer 5 scholarships!  The deadline for all scholarships is postmarked by November 16th, 2015!  Good luck!

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

Please email for more information.

August Chapter Meeting – Saturday, August 15th at 9:15

Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter had a wonderful time at the Chicago Air and Water Show this past Saturday, August 15th.  Several members met up at the lake shore to watch the show and a great time was had by all.  Thanks for coming and see you next time!IMG_4966

July Chapter Meeting – Saturday, July 25th at 4:30pm


For July we will reprise what has become one of the favorite meetings of the year by getting together Saturday, July 25th, at 4:30pm on the upstairs deck of Palmer’s Place in La Grange,  No need to RSVP; just show up and enjoy meeting and socializing with others in various fields of aviation.

June Chapter Meeting – June 15th at 4:30pm

Chicago Executive AirportHappy summer Chicago’s Leading Edge members!

June’s meeting will be held at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) on June 15th at 4:30pm.  We will learn about the executive services provided by Signature Flight support, tour their facility and take our chapter picture.  Please see the link below for directions.


April Chapter Meeting – Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm

EP-140719503.jpg&updated=!!updated!!&MaxW=800&maxH=800&updated=!!updated!!&noborderJoin us to see an amazing motivational speaker, Jeff Miller, at our April Chapter meeting.  He was a passenger on the ill-fated United 232.  The crash-landing of this flight is widely regarded as one of the most amazing feats of aeronautical improvisation ever.  The Schaumburg business owner walked away unscathed from the wreckage that claimed the lives of 113 other travelers 19 years ago in Sioux City, Iowa, calling it “a fresh dose of perspective.”  He was seated in seat 16G on the flight from Denver to Chicago, en route to his grandfather’s funeral. The tail engine exploded in mid-flight, sending shrapnel through the tail and shredding the hydraulic and back-up hydraulic lines that control the plane.  He’ll walk us through his experience and what he learned from the accident.

This is a very unique opportunity to hear about a crash from the passenger’s perspective.  Join us at Lewis University in Romeoville on Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm in Harold E. White Aviation Center Room 126.  Click here for directions to campus and here for a campus map.

March Social Event – Saturday, March 28th at 7:00pm



Join Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation at Tipsters Village Pub in North Riverside on Saturday, March 28th at 7pm to celebrate the success of our recent Fundraising Event and the Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas!  It’s a great way to network, meet new people and have a great time.  Hope to see you there!



March Chapter Meeting – 2015 WAI Conference in Dallas, TX

We’re heading to DalWAI conference 2014Alas, Texas, for the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in 2015, and we want you to be a part of it!

Book your tickets, pack your bags, and plan to be there March 5-7, 2015. Since 1990, Women in Aviation, International, has been connecting, engaging, and inspiring women at all levels of aviation expertise, and 2015 will be no different. The trademark positive energy found at our annual conference is the foundation we’ve built our programming on, creating more opportunities for you to network, learn, and grow during the three days we’re together in Dallas.

For more information on this year’s conference, click here.