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Podcast by ISA co-founder Stephanie Wallach:
Air India Celebrates International Woman's Day
(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.
Come From Away in Washington, D.C.
Check out our new ISA pin!
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.
A group of us saw the play in Seattle and loved it! Now it is going to Washington D.C. on September 2, 2016.
Details for ISA members to go as a group in Washington D.C. are on the New and Noteworthy page after sign-in.
Read about one of our members, Fatima Shafi
Women Pilots Say Breitling Watch Company Behind The Times
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.”
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
WWII Female Pilots Now Can Be Buried at Arlington!
Ladybirds—The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America (Women in Aviation)
Quotes from Chairwoman Liz Jennings Clark in Travel Boom article:
Job Openings in Dallas
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More and more flights lately seem to be all women crews. Way to go ladies!
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
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
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!
ISA CHOSE EIGHT (8) SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS IN 2014:
Captain Sherry and Captain Sherman Anderson B-737 type ratings (2)
(2) ISA+21 B-737 type ratings
(3) CFI-ME and an (1) ATP
Please check New and Newsworthy for the winners
Click Scholarship for information and the application.
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.
The book is a Junior Library Guild selection and has received great advance reviews from major review media.
The Skin Deep
Hello members of the International Society of Women Pilots,
I'm reaching out to you because I believe a project I'm working on could be a really great fit. We are looking to offer an interesting and different tribune to one of your woman pilot.
I'm part of The Skin Deep, an interactive storytelling collective based out of NY, that creates experiences that make you rethink the way you connect in the digital era. We are the creators of the Emmy-Award winning interactive documentary http://www.theand.ushttp://www.theand.us//
that explores modern relationship dynamics.
We are now working on a new interactive series called The Dig that will launch within the coming months. The Dig poses simple questions to complex relationships to explore socially-relevant issues and changing landscapes through family and relationship stories. We've explored a few of the following issues within our first few episodes: transitioning gender, marriage, technosexuality, and more. We think it could be very interesting to portray a woman airline pilot for our episode on long-distance relationship and we are looking for the perfect candidate.
I would love to chat with someone of your organization about it more. I totally understand if you are not interested in collaborating with us but maybe you can reference us to one person who could possibly help us?
Filming will take place within the coming 1-2 months. We're based in New York City but can travel.
I hope to hear from you soon,
Mériem Dehbi-Talbot | The Skin Deep
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WHO LOVE SPEED!
Click on the picture above to view the press release.
My name is Kirsten Kuhn and I’m the Media Director for the Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation rally in the U.S.
I wanted to reach out to you as we’d love to get this event on your members’ radar.
Started by women for women, we’re launching our inaugural event this October.
A competition first and foremost, but also a platform for the strong, independent woman of today - a challenge of precise navigation combined with the love of driving and adventure. That said, we have a gut feeling pilots will fall in love with our demands on the ground.
The parallel between pilots and “Rebelles” are plentiful - pilots use heading and distances and also must have a sense of mechanics to check their plane. Like you, we share a love for challenge and solutions. Pilots also need to stay focused with their eye on the prize…this rally is a true thinking person’s competition where skill and determination go a long way. Not a race for speed but a demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and roadbook.
Let the strategy begin.
If you feel like taking the ultimate road trip through the American West, or know like-minded women who would like to disconnect (no cell phone, computers or GPS allowed),
and reconnect with themselves, feel free to contact me anytime.
I can provide additional information in a newsletter format with images if preferable, and am always available via email or phone for further details.
We love everything ISWAP stands for: the black and white photo on the ISWAP website where “lady” and “women” are crossed out and the sign just said “pilots” underlined - it gave me goosebumps - I’m not a pilot (never say never…) but it certainly made me proud to be a woman. We’d be thrilled to share our passion for challenge, determination, skill-building and encouragement of women. For more information, click on the link button below!
Female airline pilots wish more women would join them
ISA+21 Members Lisa Mrozek and Karen Guadagni are featured in this article.
Linda Friedman and Pam Perdue (below) are United Airline 787 Pilots
Click the picture above to read the story on the "United Hub."
All-woman crew headed by Captain Kimberly Noakes and First Officer Jann Lumbrazo flew the 737-900ER from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The March/April issue of the 99 News has an article by our very own ISA member Stephanie Gates Sun.
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
ISA+21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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