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WAY FOR MORE
Recognising the global aviation industry is facing an unprec-
edented challenge to meet the hiring needs of aviation pro-
fessionals in the workforce, Women in Aviation International
(WAI) recently requested a team of research experts to publish the
Women in Aviation Workforce Report.
Funded by a NASA Nebraska Space Grant, the comprehensive
report was published in late spring 2019 as a University of Nebraska
at Omaha Aviation Monograph Series. The report quantifies the
number of women employed in a variety of aviation fields.
Here are some of the data points to date:
Women make up less than 10 percent of many occupations
Women represent just 5 percent of total airline pilots
Only 1.5 percent of airline captains are women
2.4 percent of aviation maintenance workers are women
Approximately 7.8 percent of aerospace engineers are women
In airport management, 16.6 percent of accredited airport
managers are women
The report provides information that will assist in targeting recruit-
ing and retention efforts in order to enhance the ability to meet the
growing needs for the next generation of aviation professionals. To
supplement this study, WAI’s female members will be surveyed to
provide additional data points.
Marking our organisation’s 25th anniversary in 2019, we are ded-
icated to providing networking, mentoring, and scholarship oppor-
tunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and
fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. The nearly
14,000 members include astronauts, 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.
Our extensive scholarship program passed the US$12 million mark
since it began 20 years ago. Every year, WAI members are invited to
apply for up to three scholarships that are offered for flight training,
scholastic study, maintenance training, engineering, dispatchers,
and a variety of scholarships for individuals in all stages of life. In-
ternships are also offered. In 2019, US$948,500 of scholarship funds
were awarded. The 2020 scholarships are now available online (WAI.
org/scholarships) for applications and are due 12 November 2019.
These scholarships will be awarded during WAI2020, the 31st
Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. To qualify for
a scholarship, the applicant must be a member as of 1 November
2019, and can apply online at WAI.org/get-involved. Details of each
scholarship, application requirements, and tips for submitting a
winning application can be found at WAI.org/scholarships.
WAI also offers educational outreach programmes to educators,
aviation industry members, and young people around the world.
Our most recent initiative, Girls in Aviation Day, will mark its fifth
year on 5 October, estimated to reach 20,000 participants at over
100 events for girls ages 8-17. These unique local events, hosted by
WAI chapters and corporate members within the US and worldwide,
provide an opportunity for attendees to visit airports, museums,
FBOs and other aviation-related venues to see and learn first-hand
about all the opportunities in aviation and aerospace. WAI provides
special materials including an issue of Aviation for Girls magazine, a
sectional chart, and an aviation career brochure. Hands-on activities
allow young girls to learn about air traffic control, parts of a plane
and helicopter, fly simulators, read a sectional chart, operate drones,
and many other related topics.
As an organisation, we are continually impressed by the increased
numbers of women flying, designing, and maintaining aircraft, as
well as handling airport and ATC operations, leading teams in execu-
tive offices, and launching into space. There are many opportunities
ahead of us, and we are committed to encouraging more women to
consider aviation careers.
Dr Peggy Chabrian, president and founder,
Women in Aviation International
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