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.

Allison Bates has had a lifelong passion for aviation. She started her career as a bush pilot in the Canadian Arctic at 18 years old. From there she moved into the freight world flying feeder aircraft for various courier and cargo operators. In 2000, she joined UPS where she has flown the 727, 757, 767 and currently flies the 747-400. Allison is currently based in Anchorage and flies routes in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

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.

October 8th @ 5:00pm

Virgin America

Operations Tour