WAI to host virtual conference in March

Last year brought a number of transitions to Women in Aviation International namely the passing of the leadership baton from founder Dr. Peggy Chabrian to new CEO Allison McKay but the last “normal” event that many folks in the aviation industry attended was the organization’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida, at the Disney Coronado SpringsRead More

Saudi Arabia to start Saudization of aviation jobs for women

The Director of the General Organization of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), Engineer Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Al Omar, revealed the start of Saudization of aviation jobs for women, in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development. During the Saudi Airlines’ celebration of the graduation of the first batch of the GOAL program, whichRead More

Navy recommends female commanding officer for aircraft carrier for the first time

In a historic first, the Navy has recommended a female officer to command an aircraft carrier. Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt is one of six officers recommended to command a nuclear-powered carrier in fiscal 2022. Also selected for the job were Capts. Colin Day, David Duff, Brent Gaut, David-Tavis Pollard and Craig Sicola. Bauernschmidt has already brokenRead More

New platform to support corporate flight attendants in their role and wellbeing

A new platform has been launched and designed specifically to support corporate flight attendants in their role and wellbeing. The Crew Collective is a global lifestyle platform and network aimed at improving personal wellbeing among corporate flight attendants while supporting individuals professionally. “The role of a corporate flight attendant is wonderfully unique but the lifestyleRead More

Teara Fraser – one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence in the Aviation industry

In October 2001, Teara Fraser, a Canadian single mother of two, stepped out of her comfort zone and into a small aircraft for the first time. Within minutes, the trajectory of her life fundamentally changed. “All of a sudden I could witness the land from the air, like a bird,” she says. “I told myself,Read More

Bombardier appoints Annie Torkia Lagacé as SVP

Bombardier recently appointed Annie Torkia Lagacé as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective immediately. Annie will report to Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., replacing Steeve Robitaille who will remain with the Company in the role of Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects through the completion of the sale ofRead More

Air India’s first woman pilot appointed CEO of Alliance Air

Air India’s first woman pilot Harpreet Singh has been appointed as the CEO of the state-run airline’s subsidiary Alliance Air, becoming the first-ever woman to head an Indian carrier. Singh, who is currently Air India’s executive director (flight safety), was appointed as the first woman commercial pilot of India in 1988. However, due to healthRead More

Sheryl Clarke serves as a role model for women in aviation

Throughout the last decade, there has been an increase in the types of roles women hold within the aviation industry. Before Covid-19, Women in Aviation International reported that roughly 7% of pilots are women. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines, only 3% of women hold C-level executive positions withinRead More

Waiz makes history as first Afghan-American to pilot a single-engine airplane solo around the globe

Shaesta Waiz made history as the first Afghan-American woman to pilot a single-engine airplane solo around the globe. Waiz marked the feat in 2017, following her graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the foundation of Dreams Soar. Fly, Girl, Fly! a picture book authored by Nancy Roe Pimm—with illustrations byRead More

Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter to participate at Saudi International Airshow 2021

Saudi International Airshow 2021, to be held February 16th to 18th in Riyadh, has announced the participation of the Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter, a non-profit association dedicated to providing opportunities to women striving for careers in the aviation industry. Launched in the UAE, this Chapter shines a light on female role models inRead More