We are the San Diego Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI), a nonprofit 501c3 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 70 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).

Our 5th annual Girls in Aviation Day was held on October 5-6, 2019 on the USS Midway. The museum hosted 200 girls between the ages of 8 to 17 on a specially tailored, aviation-themed Youth Overnight Program. Click on the "Girls in Aviation Day" tab to see more!


Debi Carpenter is the owner and founder of DC Marketing.  She's worked for companies in aircraft sales, management, charter, fuel, avionics and maintenance, manufacturers, and flight training companies and found a love for the industry. In 2011 she learned to fly the Cirrus SR20.  She was the Executive Director of Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), and currently serves on the Leadership Committee for National Business Aviation (NBAA) as well as Executive Director of Eco-Aviation Foundation International. Her wisdom to colleagues is to "diversify, volunteer and surround yourself by inspiring people.  You never know what doors will open for you."  

2019 Girls in Aviation Day was a smashing success!

$3000 scholarship opportunity - apply now!

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Women in Aviation International has given our WAI San Diego Chapter another scholarship opportunity! A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female pilot pursuing a career in aviation that can be used towards flight training and to attend the 2020 International Women in Aviation Conference.

Applications must be completed by November 12, 2019. Go to the website for details on how to submit your application.