Today is Women in Aviation day and we just wanted to shoutout some of the amazing women here at Soar Aviation!
Only 5% of Commercial Airline pilots are female… We want to change that.
For many, the passion for Aviation starts young but why are more women not actively encouraged into this career path?
In 1979 Airliner, Ansett was taken to court by Deborah Lawrie. They refused to give her a job on the idea that menstrual cycles, pregnancy and childbirth would make them unsuitable for the job and would cost the company money. After 19 months in court, Deborah changed the future of Australian Aviation when she won the first employment sex-discrimination case.
Fast forward to 2018, and you see women breaking the mould in a variety of industries, Aviation being one of them. The metaphorical glass ceiling being shattered by women achieving their dreams and not letting any stereotype get in their way.
One of the many beauties about Aviation is that it does not hold a gender bias, if you can hold the medical, learn the content and master the technique. You can get there. It will take time, but it will be a ride you will never forget.
4.9% of the 1,599 Pilots at Virgin are Female
7.7% of the 155 Pilots are Tigerair are Female
This small percentage has lead to an almost industry-wide initiative to bring more female pilots into the Airlines. Not only to help aid the Global Pilot shortage but to also create a more diverse workforce.
We asked some of our female students what they think about these statistics and why they are choosing a career in Aviation. Here’s what they have to say:
What made you want to be a pilot?

Sharmila: I have always wanted to work in the aviation industry. When I was young, my parents didn’t agree for me to work for an airline. I started work with virgin Australia approximately 10 years ago. I was always fascinated by what pilots did. Now being so close to the cockpit every day I come to work, my interest in it was growing. I think it is an amazing job. Now that I am in this field, I appreciate the work done by our flight crew even more. I think it is a challenging and interesting role.

Charmaine: I admired the Pilots on my International & Domestic flights for the great responsibility they had to safely get us to our destination, and I had always had an interest in aviation, only problem was I had a fear of heights but I was determined to conquer my fears!


How does it make you feel knowing there are such few women in the field?

Sharmila: I must say it is nerve wrecking but I know we can do it too. With Virgin, when I first started 10 years ago, there were very few female pilots. Over the last 10 years, I have seen the numbers increase quite a bit. This looks promising.

Charmaine: I feel empowered by leaping into a male dominant industry, I hope to become a leader in this industry where I know I can contribute to making change by inspiring other women to take up Aviation as a career.


What advice would you give women looking at a career in Aviation?

Sharmila: I would say to that there are no limits to what we can do…just follow your desires and your dreams..if you have the passion for this not hold is the limit

Charmaine: Take the first steps and remove all self-doubt on your ability to be a successful Pilot… Believe in yourself and join a growing and more so rewarding industry!

Adventure and a great career await Ladies, what are you waiting for!

Here are some articles you may find interesting!

More on the Deborah Lawrie Case – click here

Women in Aviation – click here