Registration Fees


Military Rate available for active duty, reserve and guard members. Includes all meetings, meals, exhibits and social events. A valid Military ID is required to receive this rate.


General Registration (January 30, 2018-March 12, 2018, midnight EST— no refunds after this date)



Military Rate (includes opening reception, luncheon and celebration dinner - Military ID Required)



Onsite Registration (Fee effective March 13, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. EST)



Military Rate (includes opening reception, luncheon and celebration dinner - Military ID Required)




General Session


Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

U.S. Marine Corps Presentation 

100th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps 


Education Sessions


Air Combat Operations Panel

Real-world female military pilots from varying combat aircraft sharing their experiences flying combat missions, training, aircraft capabilities and missions they have flown. Mission planning/preparation, command/control/communication, contingency operations, family and social issues.


Flying from Military to Commercial Aviation

For military pilots who want to fly for the airlines, we will cover getting hired, training, airline life, and continuing military service in the Guard and Reserve.

Panel: Captain Mary Ana Gilbert, Col. Julie Tizard, Captain Margie Varuska and Captain Lucy Young


Military to civilian transition in Maintenance

A panel discussion with members of AWAM on how to make the transition from a military maintenance career to a civilian career.  Ideas on how to set yourself up for a smoother transition before you leave the military.

Moderator: Gail Rouscher

Panelist: Judith Grigsby


Night Witches and Soviet Women Fighter Pilots of WWII

Description of the Soviet all-female aviation corps in World War II Russia, its origins in dire necessity, its accomplishments against overwhelming odds, and the stories of some of its heroines. 

Presented by: Justine Saracen and Col. Julie Tizard


Road to Air Force Wings

As Air Force Pilots, they will share their experiences and provide guidance on the application process to become an AF Pilot in each component, Active Duty, Reserves, and Air Guard.

Presented by: Major Monica Riggs and Major John Kerrigan


Six WAFS Up Close and Personal - a new WASP Film Documentary

Author Sarah Byrn Rickman tells the story of The Original WAFS in film, using 1942 archival newsreel footage plus her own film, shot during interviews with six Originals in 1999.

Presented by: Sarah Byrn Rickman


Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductee


WAI Selects 2018 Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2018 inductees of the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame! These three women will be honored at the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference during a ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on Saturday, March 24, 2018, starting at 5:00 p.m.  Attendees are welcome to continue the celebration during a casual buffet dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note this year’s evening events will be business casual dress.

"We want to ensure that the rich history of women’s accomplishments in aviation is not lost to time,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Our International Pioneer Hall of Fame honors women who made remarkable contributions to aviation as well as opened doors for future generations of women who choose aviation as a career.”



Brigadier General Linda K. McTague retired in 2009 from the United States Air Force having served more than 28 years as both a pilot and aircraft maintenance officer. During her military career, she logged more than 5,900 flight hours in military trainers and VIP transport aircraft and commanded at both the squadron and wing levels. Her final assignment was as the commander of the District of Columbia Air National Guard.

The Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor women who have made significant contributions as record setters, pioneers, or innovators. Special consideration is given to individuals or groups who have helped other women be successful in aviation or opened doors of opportunity for other women. Each year, the organization solicits nominations from throughout the aviation industry for the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame.

“This year’s slate of inductees mirror the variety of aviation careers and backgrounds held by WAI members – international representatives of the airlines, government, military, general aviation, air traffic controllers, and more,” adds Dr. Chabrian. “We solicit nominees all year long for our Pioneer Hall of Fame and a nomination may be submitted at” 


Just for Fun 

Wake Up and Work Out with the Marines!

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Tuscany Ballroom – Peppermill Resort
Bring your fighting spirit to the Marine led morning Wake Up and Work Out. See if you have what it takes to complete a rigorous training consisting of body weight exercises and combat conditioning routines. 

For more information or to RSVP email:

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Benefits of a WAI Membership

WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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