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"Girls don't fly planes!" - Air Force recruiter to a high school senior.

"He'll never go to college" - elementary school teacher to parents about their third-grader.

Tanya Buchanan

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women who want to enter aviation?

Not having role models easily visible. Since only 5.9% of all licensed pilots are women, a city with 100,000 people may have 7-8* female pilots. Without visibility, the perceived possibility of achieving success in aviation is minimal. Educational studies have shown that girls as young as 8 have started to separate themselves from STEM subjects “because girls don’t do that.” It’s very sad and deeply concerning.

* Note: 0.13% of US population are licensed airplane pilots. Of that, 5.9% are women.

What sets PinkTails Aviation Academy apart from other flight schools?

We are dedicated to women achieving flight and laser focused on fundamental skills. The personalized, multi-sensory approach to training encourages women to use their sense of sight, sound, and touch to learn to fly. Reading, communicating, watching, and demonstrating aspects of training will reinforce aeronautical knowledge in an engaging way.

sarah pozdell

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women who want to enter into aviation?

Having a good support structure. It's not easy to do this by yourself. If you have family or friends already involved in aviation you are a step ahead. If you don't, it's difficult to catch up. Aviation takes a lot of work and it's unlike anything else you've experienced. There's a hefty learning curve when you start out. You need to have good support and mentors around you. With so few women pilots, it can be difficult to find that support structure.

What sets PinkTails Aviation Academy apart from other flight schools?

We're flipping the script. Walk into a traditional flight school and you'll be lucky to see one woman in the room. Walk into PinkTails Aviation Academy and you are surrounded by supportive women who are working toward the same goal.

jamie buchanan

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women who want to enter into aviation?

Getting started – Too many times since I started flying 29 years ago, I’ve watched women of all ages walk into a flight school or aviation social and either not paid any attention or just the opposite, men gawking at them.  Either way, I see them turning around and walking out, never to realize their dream of flying.

What sets PinkTails Aviation Academy apart from other flight schools?

At PinkTails we want to make every woman feel welcome.  We want to provide an environment where women feel comfortable and safe.  Where they can ask any question any time and not feel intimidated by what their male counterparts might think. PinkTails wants to create an environment where the students are not criticized on their flying skills or knowledge by fellow students. Rather, they are encouraged to keep learning and to become highly skilled and successful pilots.

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