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only 5.9% of pilots are women

For more than 100 years, female pilots have enjoyed the freedom of the skies, flying near and far for personal enjoyment and professional gain. From 1960 to 1980 female pilots increased to roughly 6% of the pilot population. Almost 30 years later, at the end of 2019, the number of female pilots was approaching 6% again.

It is time to make a change.

 

the challenge

For more than 100 years, female pilots have enjoyed the freedom of the skies, flying near and far for personal enjoyment and professional gain. From 1960 to 1980 female pilots increased to roughly 6% of the pilot population. Almost 30 year later, at the end of 2019, the number of female pilots was approaching 6% again.

The stagnated growth emphasizes the existing gender inequality in the aviation industry.

10 year trend of women pilot numbers

Throughout society, people are more likely to consider a career or hobby when they see someone like themselves already participating. “Someone like them” to show that they, too, can accomplish their dreams. If there is a perception by women that they lack experience with, and knowledge of, aircraft, mechanical systems, and navigating, qualified women are less likely to consider flying than their male peers.

The lack of exposure and success has also meant that many career opportunities are passed over throughout the aviation industry. See additional industry trends. With so few women currently in aviation, it is often difficult to find role models and mentors to support future female aviators. 

Additionally, anxiety, self-doubt, and intimidation tend to impact women more when starting their aviation journey in the male-dominated industry. These barriers are not actively being addressed in the current aviation education system. As a result, not only do women enter flight training at a lower rate than men, women also drop out at a higher rate.

This combination showcases that a different approach to the current flight school system is required to achieve a better outcome.

the solution

Open the nation’s first nonprofit school dedicated to women achieving flight!

PinkTails Aviation Academy is dedicated to increasing the number of women achieving professional and personal success in the aviation industry. A safe, supportive learning environment with female mentors and role models is critical for the next generation of pilots to succeed.


Built on these core values, the Academy will develop a multi-sensory, collaborative curriculum which fully engages women in their aeronautical educational experience. It supports personal safety and acceptance, empowerment, strong communication, and mutual respect. This approach to aviation education would systematically remove the barriers of anxiety, self-doubt, and intimidation.

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THE FUTURE

PinkTails Aviation Academy is only at the start of a long journey and we need you to be a part of that journey. The Academy is looking for your support to help women realize their dreams. By providing funding, time, and expertise...

.... YOU CAN SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AVIATION.

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