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Outside of Renaissance Hotel with monorail
Renaissance Las Vegas pool
Renaissance Las Vegas pool view
Renaissance Las Vegas King room


Scroll down for the Three Canyon side trip link, and to learn about Tracy Leonard's mine tour on Monday before the conference.

Also scroll down to learn about the auction and what is being offered.
Information about joining WhatsApp, and Sandy Anderson recording your oral history at the conference is also below!

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SAVE THE DATE: April 24-26, 2018
We had our 20th and our first ISA+21 conferences in Vegas

Hotel Booking Link:

Hotel Link

 The amenities fee will come off on checkout,
but double check your bill!

  Our details are finalized for our 40th annual conference,
and it is shaping up to be one of our best!

Our primary scholarship fundraiser, the silent auction, is taking off with:

Airline tickets (Delta, American, Alaska!)
Signed "Come From Away" posters and memorabilia
Australian kangaroos & Starbucks coffee/mug
(To jump-start our 2019 Sydney conference hosted by Qantas Airlines)
A beautiful Abingdon watch
A giclee canvas print (details below, if interested!)
Two serigraph prints by Joe Ardourel (below)
Photo books and books by members


It is that time again. Are you all thinking about what you might bring for the Silent Auction and Raffle? We have some fabulous big-ticket items coming, but still need the other wonderful variety of things that make these events so interesting. You have been very creative in the past, so I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s offerings!

PLEASE send me—Mary Bardon—this information about your donations:

1. Description of the item
2. Retail Value of each item.

I do NOT need any minimum bid suggestions. If this is a problem for you, please contact me. (Mary)

Thank you to all of you who volunteer to help us with these fundraisers. We couldn’t possibly do it without you! But, we are still looking for 2 or 3 members who would be willing to share the duties of organizing and running the Silent Auction in future years. We hope to have 4 or 5 of us, who could alternate taking the lead, to lighten the load. This could be your “one thing for ISA”!

I will be arriving at the hotel on Monday. The earlier you can get your donations to me, the better. Thank You!!

Remember: Our treasurer, Diane Helly is requesting that you use your credit card to purchase auction items, as it makes it so much easier for her! American Express is not accepted, though....


Charter member, Lynn Rhoades, has generously offered a beautiful, signed and numbered, giclee canvas print, of the John Banovich painting, Peaceable Kingdom. It features lions resting beneath a tree, with a herd of wildebeest in the distance. Due to its size (26“x40“ plus frame), she will not have it shipped to the conference unless some of you indicate that you would like to bid for it. You can see the painting on the artist’s website: , and there is a photo of it attached to this email. Another option is for us to display a photo of the print at the Silent Auction, and the winner could pay to have it shipped straight from Lynn. (She gets a 75% discount on FedEx.) Please let me, or Lynn, know if you are interested in owning this great piece of artwork.

Peaceable Kingdom

We also have an offer to purchase works completed by an artist from Boulder, CO who passed away in 2015. His name is Joe Ardourel. He was active in producing his works from 1960 through the early 1980s. Most of his works were wood cuts or serigraphs. The two that I would like to donate for your auction are of old biplanes and are very dramatic works. The first, "Night Flying" is framed and is 57" wide by 31" high. "Daredevils" is 25" high by 27" wide. Both were completed in the 1960s while Joe was in Boulder. I've attached photos of the prints as well as a biography for Joe. More information about he and his work can be found at His works are included throughout several museums in the United States, the State Department, and the Smithsonian.

The executor of the estate is a friend of Eva Brock's, and he became very interested in trying to support our scholarship efforts. Night Flying is valued at $1000 and Daredevils is $400.

Night Flying


Think about what you want to donate and bid on. Please let Mary Bardon if you are interested NOW, before the event, so that we can respond to these two generous offers!


WhatsApp is an Application used by us for 'social communication.

If you wish to join our group "chat" please download the App, open it, and then send a message/text to 954-536-3286 (Maria) containing your full name in order for your contact to be set up.

We now have over 510 members, of which 65 use WhatsApp.

To make it easier for Maria Haddad to add you, please download the app FIRST then contact her via a WhatsApp text.

Women in Aviation recognized our 40th by honoring ISA+21 founders and members at their 29th conference in Reno. We practiced the night before at our social.

Original ISA+21 members at WAI ISA Social 2018

Sandy Anderson will be recording your history at our conference in Las Vegas.
Contact Sandy for more information:

Suggested questions to get your creative ideas flowing:

Questions for TWU: Your Oral History

Coming to Vegas early?

If anyone will be in Las Vegas on Monday April 23 and has an interest in seeing something outside of the strip, Tracy Leonard has a proposal:

"I am going to rent a 15 passenger van so we can tour the Techatticup Mine ($15), photo op at the Colorado River, big horn sheep photo op at Bighorn Park, and lunch at a Mexican restaurant.
Afterwards I can drop people off to meet the group on Fremont Street or back at the hotel.

We will be leaving the Renaissance around 0930. So who is interested in joining me?"

Tracy Leonard

Click on the newsletter below for conference details:

Bryce Canyon

Viator Side Trip to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon:
Tour code: 3857WWD
Let Karol Welling know when you are signed up!

REMEMBER: QANTAS is sponsoring our 2019 conference in Australia!

The only time they could schedule it was May 7-9, 2019.
So we are going back to MAY for 2019 only!

Qantas proposal May 7

What great conferences we have had:



1978 Las Vegas, NV

1979 Miami, FL

1980 Denver, CO

1981 Cancun, Mexico

1982 Montego Bay, Jamaica

1983 Toronto, Canada

1984 Seattle, WA

1985 Sydney, Australia

1986 San Diego, CA

1987 Memphis, TN

1988 Rome, Italy

1989 Maui, HI

1990 Washington, D.C.

1991 Helsinki, Finland

1992 San Francisco, CA

1993 Atlanta, GA

1994 Vancouver, Canada

1995 Bangkok, Thailand

1996 Ft. Worth, TX

1997 Amsterdam, Holland

1998 20-Year Anniversary Las Vegas, NV

1999 Paphos, Cyprus

2000 San Jose, Costa Rica

2001 Anchorage, AK

2002 New Orleans, LA

2003 Zurich, Switzerland

2004 Phoenix, AZ

2005 Boston, MA

2006 Kona, HI

2007 Park City, UT

2008 Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2009 Montreal, Canada

2010 St. Louis, MO

2011 Rome, Italy

2012 Seattle, WA

2013 Budapest, Hungary

2014 San Antonio, TX

2015 Berlin, Germany

2016 Newport Beach, CA
2017 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2018 Las Vegas, NV


25 Years of Conventions

by Carolyn Pasqualino (written for the Fall 2012 newsletter)


Why have I attended so many conventions

Easy! I have made friends with women from around the world. Friendships that will last a lifetime!


Did I mention I love adventure too?

And oh, the adventures we have had! Elephant riding in Thailand, jungle walks in Costa Rica, wonderful adventures all.


And oh, the memories! If you younger F/O’s will indulge an old

captain just a little longer, I would like to list them all, but I’ll condense them to one liners (if I can):


1988 Rome, meeting this marvelous group of accomplished women for the first time. Jump seating on a Pan Am 747 along with another United woman pilot. The captain had never had one woman pilot in his cockpit, let alone two!


1989 Maui, sharing a condo with five other United ladies. Does anything really need to be said about Hawaii!?


1990 Washington, D.C., dinner at the Saudi Embassy! Sitting on the floor in our cocktail dresses.


1991 Helsinki, first convention my husband attended. Cruising on a Russian tramp steamer to St. Petersburg.

Having creamed peas for dinner on the ship and again at breakfast the next morning!


1992 San Francisco, attending hilarious dinner theatre.


1993 Atlanta, getting inducted into the Captain’s Club with Emily Warner presenting my plaque.


1994 Vancouver, Alaska cruise with my parents for their 50th Anniversary.


1995 Bangkok, the above mentioned elephant ride plus rafting down a jungle river on a bamboo raft, as Nancy Novaes floated by, asking if I thought we’d still be having these adventures when we were old (yes!).


1996 Fort Worth, riding the mechanical bull at Billy Bob’s! DC-3 ride to Galveston.

Dinner at the Johnson Space Center with several astronauts.


1997 Amsterdam, Ah the tulips at Keukenhof Gardens! The wonderful evening at the aviation museum.


1998 Las Vegas, the 20th Anniversary! Largest convention ever with about 250 in attendance. Side trip to the Grand Canyon. Hiking down the canyon with Kathleen Malone. Wanting a mule to take me back up


1999 Cyprus, dinner and street dancing in a beautiful little Greek town.


2000 Costa Rica, flying my Debonair down there was a huge adventure as was having to land at a Mexican Air Force Base without permission on the way home, when we developed a huge oil leak! The volcanoes, the weekend at Torteguero National Park with the howler monkeys.


2001 Anchorage, my favorite layover destination. Once again, we flew our airplane there. Flying the Al-Can highway is a wonderful adventure.


2002 New Orleans, all still suffering shell-shock from the aftermath of 9-11. Beautiful hotel in the famous French Quarter and wonderful dinners at some of the city’s great restaurants.


2003 Zurich, the enormous beauty of Switzerland. Spent extra days there driving around the country, and had to stop at Liechtenstein. Took 20 minutes to drive the length of that country! Side trip to Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn.


2004 Phoenix, outdoor dining and country dancing in the desert.


2005 Boston, harbor cruise & dinner. Walking the Freedom Trail with Kathleen Malone.


2006 Kona, ah Hawaii again! Beautiful sunset dinner with friends. Dolphins at the hotel, all-day big island tour.

Spending time on Kauai before the convention.


2007 Park City, Utah—Zip line and target shooting at Olympic Park.


2008 30th Anniversary, Ft. Lauderdale. Everglades Airboat Tour, Parrot Jungle Tour.


2009 Montreal, beautiful city, great side trip to Quebec City.

Bus broke down on way back to Montreal!


2010 St. Louis, first convention I ever drove to as it was only five hours from my house and easier than getting there on the airlines. Bones, Blue Owl and Boeing tour. Loaded up my Explorer with friends and drove south to the Cave Winery.


2011 Ah, Rome again! Left a week early for a train tour of Munich, Venice, & Florence with the husband. Tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel. Side trip to Pompeii and Sorrento. Didn’t want it to end!


2012 Seattle, another favorite city. Fabulous tour of Boeing. Seeing my cousin, a Boeing engineer, for the first time in about 20 years.


I’m planning on making the next 25 conventions—hope to see you there!

First ISA conference screenshot 1978

2013 Budapest... will any of us forget being on Castle Hill with wonderful views of Pest?! Or the incredible, delicious welcome reception dinner?!

2014 San Antonio: How many Type As does it take to arrange a photo op? Thankfully the photographer had his own agenda and the bridge photo is one of our best!

2015 Berlin: The history! The tour around (and around) trying to find the airport! Segwaying in Dresden along the Elbe! Oh what a conference!

2016 Newport Beach: California sea lions and John Wayne's yacht. Beautiful Santa Barbara side trip... unforgettable... and you thought you had seen southern California!

2017 Toronto: What a beautiful city! The comedy club was so fun, and the sidetrip to Niagara Falls was breathtaking! Our clock tower photo is another photographer win/win!

Ahh, 2018 Vegas and 2019 Sydney... the best is yet to come!