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Podcast by ISA co-founder Stephanie Wallach:




 Lucy Young and her twin sister, Mary, on the right. at the Lincoln Center on September 6, 2016.
Lucy was the copilot in the simulator scene near the end of the movie.
Lori Cline was the captain in the other simulator scene.
Lori Cline
Lori in Sully
Cast of Sully

When the Pilot is Mom: Accommodating New Motherhood at 30,000 Feet

NY Times, August 16, 2016

Often working airline pilots are afraid to speak out to improve their situation, because of retaliation from their employers.
This article didn't mention that Kathy McCullough and Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo (quoted in this article) are members of ISA+21,
but as retired airline pilots, it is easier to become advocates without fear of repercussions.
Retired or working as an airline pilot, there is a place for you at ISA+21.
Join us!
When the Pilot is Mom

Come From Away in Washington, D.C.

Bev in uniform for website
Beverley, now retired, poses with her uniform jacket in Ford's Theatre lobby.
New lapel pin
Check out our new ISA pin!
Bev pins Jenn
Beverley pins Jenn Coella, the lead in the play, "Come From Away," in Seattle with her old ISA pin!
Jenn Colella's credits include If/Then and Chaplin (the latter also had an early staging in La Jolla).
The woman captain featured in "Come From Away" is our own charter member and co-founder, Beverley Bass.
We saw the play in Seattle and Washington D.C. and loved it.
ISA women in DCA for the play
We met in Washington D.C. at the famous Ford's Theatre on September 20, 2016!
The theater holds 661, and there were almost 100 of us, including our guests.
The International Society of Women Airline PIlots, ISA+21, had 21 charter members who came
to the first convention in Las Vegas in 1978.
ISA is an acronym that also stands for International Standard Atmosphere, as most pilots know!
Wikipedia: The International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) is an atmospheric model of how the pressure, temperature, density, and viscosity of the Earth's atmosphere change over a wide range of altitudes or elevations.
Beverley Bass and Stephanie Wallach
sent letters out to all the airlines inviting women pilots to the first convention,
and ISA+21 was born.
Norah, Terry, Stephanie
Charter members Norah O'Neill, Terry Rinehart, and Stephanie Wallach at the play in Seattle.
One of our co-founders and charter members, Beverley Bass is featured in the award-winning play, "Come From Away."
(pictured center, below, in the Seattle "Talk Back.")
Click on our Facebook link in the menu to view more pictures, or just watch the slideshow below.

Pictures From Seattle's "Come From Away" Performance

Come From Away play SEA NOV 2015
We had so much fun that we plan to follow the play to Toronto and Broadway!

Read about one of our members, Fatima Shafi

Fatima Shafi in the engine




2016 Photo Contest on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Aviation

Congratulations, Judy! Aviator Stamps – Canada


Judy Cameron Flies Through the Glass Ceiling

Judy Cameron is the epitome of “breaking the mold”. During her successful career as the first female pilot hired by Air Canada, Judy shattered several stereotypes. Looking back, Judy refers to a few lucky breaks. But with sheer persistence, Judy made her own good luck.


Born in 1954 Judy was raised by a single parent mother, who did her best to give Judy a good start in life, including going to university. In 1973, after first year, Judy was hired by Transport Canada to survey pilots about “Itinerant Aircraft Movements”. (Transport Canada found that pilots, mostly male, were quite willing to respond to young women questioners.) When a young man offered to take Judy for a flight, he did what many have done in similar situations – he turned the flight into an aerobatic demonstration – showing off, with little regard for his passenger. However, Judy loved it! Within a few weeks she applied for the aviation program at Selkirk College. No doubt she impressed the Director of the program, a motorcycle buff, by riding her motorcycle for eight hours (Vancouver to Castlegar) to meet him.


Though her male classmates accepted her reasonably well, as the only female in the class of thirty, Judy felt isolated at times. In 1975, the college’s first female graduate, Judy then worked for several different aviation companies, and eventually earned her way into a cockpit. She first worked as a dispatcher when the company directors vetoed a female pilot flying company aircraft. Next she was a reservations agent who doubled as co-pilot with no training, when Twin Otter and Kingair trips required a co-pilot. Then she was a DC-3 co-pilot and Aztec/Cessna 180 Charter Pilot with minimal training and flew poorly maintained equipment with a company which went bankrupt. As a DC-3 Co-pilot with a Chief Pilot who only agreed to hire her because the “airlines will never look at you”, she mostly flew charters, which included loading up to 6000 pounds of freight.


Judy then sought an airline job. She was thrilled to receive a telegram from a regional carrier offering her a position and inviting her to discuss the work. Upon arriving for the appointment, she was informed that the Vice President refused to hire a woman. The company apologetically unhired her.


Judy continued to apply to airlines and on April 10, 1978 Air Canada hired their first female pilot – Judy! No doubt her application was coloured by her 1200 hours on a DC-3, an 11,430 kg aircraft with two 1,200 hp engines which cruises at 370 km/hr.

Judy was well accepted by Air Canada’s other pilots, likely because of her flying experience, determination and friendliness. Passengers frequently mistook Judy for a flight attendant, but she dealt graciously with them. Her first pregnancy gave Air Canada another challenge. They didn’t have a pilot maternity uniform. Other pilots had never needed one. Soon after Judy’s second daughter was born, she divorced and became a single mom.


During her 40 year flying career Judy has logged over 23,000 hours in the DC-3, Twin Otter, Hawker Siddeley 748, DC-9, Lockheed 1011, Airbus 320, Boeing 767 and 777. In 2006 Judy was the first woman captain of the Boeing 767 and in 2010 the first female captain of the Boeing 777 in Canada. She has flown to major international destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Santiago Chile, Sydney Australia, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona,and most major Canadian and USA cities.


Issued a year after her May 24, 2015 retirement, the stamp features Captain Judy in front of a Boeing 767 in a photo taken by her husband Ron Swaisland. The First Day Cover, designed by Suzanne Wiltshire, includes portraits of Judy early and later in her career.


Now Judy is living another dream – aerobatic flying. she credits her mother as a strong role model who inspired her to believe she could do anything she wished to do. And in living her mother’s credo, Judy is inspiring many other women, particularly those in aviation!

                                                                                                                        By Marilyn Dickson

Elevate Aviation

Elevate Aviation flier
I wanted to invite you to our launch party and fundraiser for the Lois Hole Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. 
This event showcases short stories of 13 women in aviation created by myself and Shaw TV.  It’s going to be a fun evening and for a great cause. It would be wonderful if you could attend and anything you could do to help promote our event would be really appreciated!  I have attached the link to purchase tickets. We have early bird tickets on sale until the end of this month.

Thank you so much!

Kendra Kincade
Air Traffic Controller
Founder Elevate Aviation

Air India Celebrates International Woman's Day

Air India operates longest all-woman flight

(L-R) First Officers Captain Amrit Namdhari, Captain Kshamta Bajpayee, Captain Shubhangi Singh and First Officers Captain Ramya Kirti Gupta.

From the ground staff overseeing the boarding process, to the four people operating the controls, an Air India Boeing 777-LR that took off from Delhi on Sunday was entirely staffed by women. Seventeen hours later it landed in San Francisco, and—following some well-deserved rest—the same crew will make the return flight on Tuesday, International Women's Day.

The airline will be operating 20 all-women crewed flights domestically and internationally to celebrate International Women's Day, but this particular trek is noteworthy for its length: The 14,500-kilometer (9,000-mile) route, led by Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and Captain Shubhangi Singh, makes it the longest flight ever operated by an entirely female crew.

"This year for the first time, on the world's longest non-stop flight, entire flight operations from cockpit crew to cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground-handling...were handled by women," Air India said in a release.

This continues a tradition that started when Air India was the first carrier to ever operate a flight with an all-women crew on a domestic flight from Calcutta to Silchar in 1985.

Other airlines have garnered similar headlines in the past, including Air Zimbabwe and Ethiopian Airlines, which operated all-women flights from Harare to Victoria Falls and Addis Ababa to Bangkok, respectively, and an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight between Atlanta and Nashville in 2009, which was flown by the first all-female African-American crew.

As a celebration of International Women's Day, these flights mark important milestones for women in aviation. But, the fact that these occasions still make headlines is also a reminder of how much work there is to do, before there is even a semblance of equal gender representation in the profession.

According to FAA data, just 6 percent of commercial pilots in the United States are women, a number that has only increased by about 2 percentage points, since 1998. Organizations such as Women in Aviation International are trying to correct the discrepancy through flight school scholarships, educational outreach, and awareness programs, and airlines like JetBlueand British Airways have launched training programs that aim to increase diversity in the cockpit. While it is still all-too-rare to hear "This is your captain speaking," coming through the PA in a woman's voice, this Air India flight is an important step forward for the male-dominated aviation industry.


Ladybirds—The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America (Women in Aviation)

Check out the books for sale by our members, listed in the main menu!
Lady bird pilots
ISA+21 members featured in the book: Cindy Mandel, Lucy Young, Nell Justice, Carole Litten,
Camela (Cammie) McHenry, Terry Rinehart, and Connie Tobias.
Co-written by ISA member Lori Griffith Cline, not pictured above, but below!
Lori in front of the movie poster

Quotes from Chairwoman Liz Jennings Clark in Travel Boom article:

 Prita Kohal
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots

Women Pilots Say Breitling Watch Company Behind The Times

Breitling Women Pilots Not

The photo op, which Dutch airline captain Liz Jennings Clark at first thought was a joke or a parody,

was a curious publicity decision given that Breitling sponsors acrobatic and Air France 777 pilot Aude Lemordant.


“Certainly there are enough amazing women pilots out there,” Jennings Clark said. “This is disappointing on so many levels.”


Unmanned Flight

More and more flights lately seem to be all women crews. Way to go ladies!
Brenda framed
Southwest Captain and ISA+21 member Brenda Robinette.


Thirty-eight years ago, twenty-one women airline pilots started ISA+21.
With members from regional and major airlines, we are over 400 strong!
Claudia Simpson Jones, Denise Blankinship, Jean Harper, Maggie Rose Stryker, Beverley Bass,
Gail Gorski, Mary Bush Shipko, Karen Kahn, Sharon Hilgers Krask, Terry London Rinehart,
Angela Masson, Lennie Sorenson, Stephanie Wallach, Norah O'Neill, Sandra Donnelly, Holly Fulton, Jane Bonny, Lynn Rhoades.

Missing from photo: Emily Warner, Val Cottle Walker, Julie Clark
Why ISA+21
ISA is an acronym for International Standard Atmosphere. The appendage of +21, acknowledges the original 21 members.
(Used in aviation, ISA+21 would mean that the atmosphere was 21 degrees above standard.)
We are non-profit organization that raises scholarship money to inspire future generations of women aviators via educational outreach. To date we have donated cash and type rating valued at over One Million Dollars. Our conferences and gatherings celebrate camaraderie and provide support in the aviation industry.
Our first convention/conference was in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978.
Last year we were in Berlin, Germany!
2016 will be in Newport Beach, California.
Conference: May 10-12, 2016.
After conference side trip: May13-15, 2016
Always fun!
Conference Group Photos
We raise money for our scholarships
at our conferences through member
participation in a silent auction
(member funded) and donations.
Last year we gave away two B737NG Type,
1 A320NG Type and a
Multi-engine Instructor rating!
Many of our winners have been hired
by major carriers and that is our goal:
more women airline pilots!



Click Scholarship for information and the application.

Contact Scholarship Chair if you have any questions
ISA+21 = largest donor in the world of advanced flight scholarships for women

Jerrie Mock: First woman to fly solo around the world!

The Ohio University Press has a new biography for middle grade readers:
Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world.
Jerrie Mock

The book is a Junior Library Guild selection and has received great advance reviews from major review media.


Female airline pilots wish more women would join them


ISA+21 Members Lisa Mrozek and Karen Guadagni are featured in this article.


Texas Woman's University Donations

Don't forget to donate your ISA or personal memorabilia!

It is important to know that either organizational or individual “gift agreements” are negotiable

and tailored to your personal satisfaction.


The Woman’s Collection has devoted substantial resources to the history of women in aviation. Researchers, historians, educators, filmmakers, documentarians, and scholars find the TWU Woman’s Collection to be a rich and varied source of valuable information and visual resources. I have included suggestions on “What to Donate” to an organization’s collection or to your individual collection. See “We Want Your Story” under "Archives" in the main menu for more information about participating in TWU Libraries Oral History Program.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Kimberly Johnson.


                 Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator,                    Captain Sandy Anderson (retired NW/Delta)

    Special Collections                                          ISWAP Liaison                         

       940-898-3743                                                 901-619-7934 cell



Chairwoman: Liz Jennings Clark
Vice Chairwoman: Tara Traynor Cook
Secretary: Eva Brock
Treasurer: Diane Helly
Membership: Glenys (Gar) Robison
Scholarship: Karen Guadagni
Education & Outreach: Kimberly Osborn
Events: Linda Wright
Communications: Kathy McCullough
WAI: Kara Hatzai
It is contrary to ISA policy to provide media commentary on accidents, incidents, politicians or
political positions. No member may present an opinion to the media representing ISA without authorization
from the Board of Directors.
Regarding requests for commentary on accidents or incidents in the aviation
community, the following language may be used:
“Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of those involved in this terrible tragedy. Although I am an airline pilot, I'm not an accident investigator. It would be irresponsible for any of us to speculate on what has occurred. The NTSB will be investigating and providing updates on the progress of the