First female joint secretary appointed as director general of BCAS

Usha Padhee, joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, has been given additional charge as director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). She is the first woman and third IAS officer to have been appointed to the post. The aviation security body has usually been headed by an IPS officer. Earlier,Read More

Celebrating the spirit of Emirati Women in Aviation

For Alia Al Shamsi, the past few months have been relentless. Having been interested in aviation since she was 17, she was one of the first Emirati women to study aviation engineering and now works at Etihad, the UAE’s national airline, as a cargo quality officer. In her role, she’s responsible for overseeing shipment loadsRead More

DIT joins Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter to support gender balance

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has joined the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter, reaffirming its commitment to promoting and supporting gender balance in the sector and delivering on equality commitments outlined in the government’s 2018 Aerospace Sector Deal. The Charter, which was established at the Farnborough Air Show in 2018, is an industry-ledRead More

First black female tactical pilot marks historic milestone in naval aviation

The US Navy’s first Black female tactical aircraft pilot, Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle, received her ‘Wings of Gold’ recently, marking a historic milestone for naval aviation. Swegle was named a naval aviator and awarded her gold naval aviator wings alongside 25 classmates during a small ceremony at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas, accordingRead More

WAI announces 2021 scholarships

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2021 WAI scholarship program officially opened on July 1, and members reviewed dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 56 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming weeksRead More

AWPA funding approved for another 4 years to support female pilots

Minister for Defense Linda Reynolds has announced that funding to the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA), Chief of Air Force’s Flying Scholarships, has been approved for another four years to support aspiring female pilots. Each year, two scholarships are awarded to females aged 16 to 24, who are already undertaking training for a pilot’s license.Read More

30 new members announced for WIAAB initiative

US Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, has announced the appointment of 30 board members to the newly formed Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB), an initiative to encourage females to access opportunities in aviation. Former US Air Force Secretary Dr Heather Wilson will serve as chair of the board. Wilson is president of The UniversityRead More

Aviation industry faces a worldwide shortage of qualified women

The aviation industry faces a worldwide shortage of qualified pilots. Numerous agencies cite the need to hire thousands of new pilots over the next two decades. In fact, some air carriers are already reducing or canceling flight schedules as a result of these pilot shortages. Given this need to hire new pilots, the industry hasRead More