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 industry..do not hold back..sky 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!