2013 NBAA Flight Attendants / Flight Technicians Conference (June 20-22, 2013)

Press Release: June 20, 2013

Contact: Brenda Miles, WCA President

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is proud to be exhibiting for the first time at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Flight Attendants / Flight Technicians Conference in Washington, DC! Working off the momentum of the success recently experienced at last month’s Cabin Crew Symposium at EBACE in Geneva; we expect this to be an exciting reunion and look forward to seeing all of you there.

The NBAA Flight Attendants / Flight Technicians Conference is dedicated to increasing the cultural and industry awareness of the value of corporate aviation flight attendants in providing cabin safety, security and service. One of the primary tasks for the committee is planning and hosting its annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technician’s conference, which is now being held for the 18th year. The Committee continues to strive to raise the bar and stress the need for professionally trained cabin crew members.

This is an important year for WCA as we celebrate our 20th anniversary! We are very pleased to announce eight scholarship offerings to be awarded at our annual WCA Networking Luncheon at NBAA 2013 in October in Las Vegas, NV, USA. We are excited to be able to award over $50,000 in scholarships thanks to the continued support of our wonderful corporate members and sponsors. These scholarships cover all facets of the corporate aviation industry and are just some of the many aviation opportunities that members of WCA are able to take advantage of.

Scholarship opportunities have been kindly donated by some of most respected aviation businesses in our industry including among others:

Susan C. Friedenberg – Corporate Flight Attendant Training Scholarship ($3,995) A four-day training program which encompasses all responsibilities of the business aviation flight attendant.

Aircare FACTS – Training Scholarship (valued at $4,675) A five-day initial or two-day recurrent emergency procedures training for business aviation crew members which meets Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 135 requirements, industry best practices and International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) standards.Corporate Aviation Management

MedAire – Management of In-flight Illness and Injury Course Scholarship ($1040) A two-day aviation medical course that covers altitude physiology, first aid, CPR certification, defibrillator training, blood borne pathogens and more.

WCA Aviation Management Scholarship ($3000) to be used for aviation management professional development such as: 1) NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Certification, 2) NBAA Leadership Conference, 3) NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) courses, and others such as Aviation Safety and Security training or Aviation Management Certificate programs.

WCA Career Scholarship ($2000) to be used toward specific professional development or career advancement in corporate/business aviation.

CAE SimuFlite CJ3 Type Rating Scholarship - The scholarship will provide additional industry-based training opportunities, broaden awareness in corporate aviation and assist with developing the individual’s career path.

Gulfstream – The Gulfstream Aerospace - Corporate Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship is offered by Gulfstream Corporation to a woman pursuing professional development or career advancement in any job classification of maintenance aviation technology.

Universal – ($3,000) Universal Weather & Aviation FAA-certified Dispatcher Training Scholarship This course is comprised of two elements: a four-month (17 week) self paced online portion and an 8-day classroom session.

We are also launching our newly designed website at www.wca-intl.org. Be on the look-out for these and more exciting announcements from the WCA Team as we continue our mission to introduce corporate aviation opportunities to future aviation professionals.

We are very grateful and honored to be supported by our corporate members and sponsors. They clearly see the potential of supporting a critical organization such as WCA, which provides a network for business aviation professionals, mentors the younger generation, and invites young men and women into this fascinating area of aviation.

We extend a special welcome not only to our new members and sponsors but also our loyal members and sponsors that have supported us through the years.

We look forward to meeting those of you that we have not yet met networking and getting to know you in our mission to promote and support the future of corporate aviation by mentoring you as you reach for your goals in this amazing industry.

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization and the premier mentoring association for professionals in corporate and business aviation. WCA provides networking, mentoring, scholarships, and education for current and future corporate/business aviation professionals. WCA is open for individual and corporate membership. For more information, visit our website at http://www.wca- intl.org or contact our WCA Headquarters at 4450 Nicholas Lane, Southaven, MS 38672 or email WCAHQ@wca-intl.org.


I have been working with the airlines for about 3 years now. 6 months in I got hip to asking the overnight hotels “may I please get points for this stay?” When I started receiving emails from the various hotels and collecting all those pretty plastic cards I was so excited. I would think to myself “yes, I can’t wait to save up for that free week in Tokyo!” To my surprise just recently I discovered, no offense but, by the time I have saved up enough points to cover a week in Tokyo it will have fallen off the map!!!

After 2 years I still proudly hold a Blue Level Hilton Honors Card (very bottom of the totem pole). The clerk at the front desk laughed at me when I asked if I qualified for free breakfast. He explained how if the expired points didn’t fall off a few months prior I would have been very close to a cup of coffee. Wait a minute…………. Fall off??? My points fall off too? Not only do I gain slow I also lose fast!

The airlines keep the hotel rates as low as possible through negotiating perks. They do away with the point programs in exchange for the super discounts on hotel rooms for crews. Instead of points we are allowed “stay credits”. Stay credit simply means, ”We have you on record for visiting with us. Thank you!”

On the corporate side how do you earn points so quickly?

Are the hotel rooms not discounted?



Oct. 31 WCA Luncheon at NBAA

Networking, Food, Fun and Scholarships

The 65th Annual National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) Meeting and Convention is quickly approaching! If you’re headed to Orlando, FL, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, we hope to see you there.

Mark your Calendar for Oct. 31!

Be sure to mark to WCA’s Annual Scholarship and Networking Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m in room S210C. We will present more than $25,000 in scholarships to more than nine women and men. Stay tuned for invitations or visit our NBAA event page at wca-intl.org/NBAA2012.

Interested in Volunteering?

We are looking for 5 to 10 volunteers to help our luncheon committee with set up and tear down. Please plan to arrive at 10:00 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m. For those interested, email Lisa Lewis.

Promote Your Brand!

WCA has sponsorship opportunities remaining for our luncheon. If your company is interested, email Lisa Lewis for brand awareness and membership benefits.

WCA Annual Scholarship and Networking Event

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