Sally Ride Science

Junior Academy Scholarship Winner!

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 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

After a discovery flight over the Pacific Ocean, Serena Hart solidified the decision to pursue her dream to become a pilot. She is currently taking flying lessons at KMYF, and after just 14 hours of training was up in the sky flying solo! Serena is getting closer and closer to her goal of flying for the US Air Force Reserves or Air National Guard. She is a couple of years away from making this decision, so for now she is enjoying the blue skies along her journey!

Women in Aviation International (WAI) San Diego Chapter is pleased to announce that Karina Orozco, a sophomore at Irvine High School, has been selected to receive a scholarship provided to us by UCSD Extension, to attend the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy.

Our 2016 annual Girls in Aviation Day event was held at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as part of their annual Air Show, and featured an exclusive “meet and greet” with the Blue Angels pilots and their F/A-18 Hornet jets up close!

Thank You to our Chapter Sponsors!

Join us for our May Chapter Meeting with special Guest Speaker

Cynthia (C.J.) Bixby

Chief, Systems Engineering and Integration Branch at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center