Female pilots: Aviation industry lagging in ‘pilot gender equality’

The percentage of female pilots is very low and growing only slowly, according to an organization that analyzes aviation trends.

The Centre for Aviation (CAPA) say that they are not encouraged by trends on women in airline management.

They declare in a recent report that “aviation still has a long way to go in pilot gender equality.”

Not all countries and airlines publish the number of female pilots that they have, so it is difficult to arrive at accurate global figures.

The proportion of airline female pilots in the United States and the United Kingdom is about 4 percent. CAPA say that while the figure is growing, it is only doing so “very slowly.”

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP) collect information on numbers of female pilots in different airlines and release them in a public document on their website.

The figures for July 2018 show that for 79 airlines worldwide, the number of female pilots is 7,468, which is 5.2 percent of the total.

CAPA suggest that this is unlikely to reflect the real global average. They argue that since it is higher than the 4 percent for the U.S. and the U.K., there could be some “self-selecting” going on, implying that airlines with low ratios of female pilots will be less likely to volunteer that information.
19/08/18 Catharine Paddock/Market Business News

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