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Women in Corporate Aviation Have Presence at NBAA2009

October 22, 2009, Orlando, FL – On the second day of the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2009), Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) hosted a reception that featured the presentation of the 3rd Annual WCA Career Scholarship to Rachel Denise Thomas.

Thomas currently flies as a Cessna Citation 500 contract pilot in Orlando, and she also works as a business aviation flight attendant. The WCA Career Scholarship will assist Thomas in achieving her goals of increasing her flight time and experience by obtaining her CFI and CFII certificates. In addition to receiving financial assistance to further her flying career, Thomas will also receive a one-year WCA Membership.

Jo Damato, NBAA director, operations & educational developmentDuring the reception, Jo Damato, NBAA director, operations & educational development, made a presentation at the reception, where she stressed the importance of mentoring those seeking to enter the industry and those who want to continue to build their careers in business aviation. Says Damato, "Those of us with a passion for the business aviation industry and positioned to offer mentoring, resources and networking opportunities should not hesitate to assist those with the same passion who are in need of direction to enter and succeed in the industry."

Caroline Bryan, captain, Chevron Aviation Services and current WCA president, said her main goal for WCA this year is to continue to develop WCA's strength in mentoring and education programs. "Over the past year, in preparation for pursuit of this goal, I have greatly expanded our volunteer base with new positions in development, marketing, volunteer coordination, public relations and membership," Bryan said. "We also have a special branding project underway that will be unveiled at the 2010 Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando."

For more information about WCA, visit or contact NBAA's Jo Damato at

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