AWAM and WAI...What's the Difference??
We are often asked, what are the differences between AWAM and WAI, and why should my company support both organizations?
In short, WAI is focused on the broad spectrum of women in all areas of the aviation industry, where AWAM is specifically focused on the area of aviation maintenance.
“Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Our diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. We provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members, and young people nationally and internationally.” (www.wai.org)
AWAM is a proud volunteer run organization by dedicated and passionate men and women in the aviation industry. Regardless of what role they serve in, whether it be as an event volunteer, committee member, chapter leader, or national board member, they are driven to champion women in aviation maintenance. Donations from our corporate partnerships go directly into our scholarship, mentoring, outreach programs, and our most basic operating costs, like web hosting. Funding is also used for Girls in Aviation Day, the TechOps social that we sponsor, as well as our exhibit booth at the annual Women in Aviation International conference. We manage to do a lot with a little and look forward to increasing our support of female maintenance technicians as we continue to gain additional support from our industry partners.
WAI does great work in our industry, they has helped level the playing field and provide inspiration for many women to consider careers in aviation. Every field in aviation has specific needs. No airline can be run with just pilots or technicians and neither can industry involvement. So when the question arises, should industry support WAI or AWAM? The answer is both.