We are the San Diego Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI), a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Our San Diego chapter has over 60 members including private, charter, corporate, airline and military pilots; student pilots and flight instructors; aerospace engineers; airport managers and General Aviation business staff; flight attendants; air traffic controllers; and aviation enthusiasts. We focus on networking, career development and mentoring, fun events and tours, and are huge supporters of S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math).

At our 2016 annual Girls in Aviation Day, girls were introduced to some of the many possibilities available in a career in aviation. The event at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, as part of their annual Air Show, included an exclusive “meet and greet” with the Blue Angels pilots and the chance to see one of the F/A-18 Hornet jets up close.

Debbie Balsley has been a WAI member since 1996 when she was a student Naval Aviator flying T-45s after graduating from the Naval Academy. She has dabbled in all kinds of flying from fun Husky ferry flying in Petaluma to Anchorage, then regional jet flying for 2 different airlines, to flying a single pilot coast-to-coast private jet, to flying in Cubs & Stearmans with friends. She now flies the B757/767 for United. Debbie’s proudest accomplishment is her 10-yr old daughter and she loves being known to some as only Lindsey's mom!

WAISD President

honored with

2016 Women in

Leadership Award

WAI San Diego President Jill Meyers was acknowledged for her outstanding leadership in the work she does for WAISD and the San Diego community as well as in her field of Aerospace Engineering.

Jill is committed to promoting the involvement of women and girls in aviation and aerospace. We are proud of her recognition by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

End of the Year Meeting

and Holiday Social!