In 1978 when ISA was founded, the original name was the International Social Affiliation of Women Airline Pilots. The founders wanted an acronym that somehow symbolized their group and was also used in the aviation community. They chose to use ISA, also an acronym for International Standard Atmosphere, and the appendage of +21, acknowledging the original 21 members. (Used in aviation, ISA+21 would mean that the atmosphere was 21 degrees above standard.) Over the years, the emphasis of the organization slowly melded into a professional as well as social organization and the members chose to stress that and changed "social" to "society".
ISA+21 is the world's largest single donor of advanced flight scholarships for women, annually awarding at least two aircraft type ratings and thousand of dollars of scholarship money to qualified women. The type ratings are highly competitive and are a major step in acquiring the job of airline pilot. Many of ISA's type rating winners have gone onto airline pilot careers.
Our members are active or retired airline pilots. We support active and aspiring pilots with career support and mentoring. We publish an electronic newsletter (members only) three or more times annually, and have an annual conference at various locations around the world. The last few years we have gathered for "play dates" to attend "Come From Away," an incredible Broadway play about one of our founding members, Beverley Bass.
We hope to create greater visibility, acceptance, and understanding of women airline pilots for the general public around the world. If you meet our membership requirements (listed on our website), we would love to have you join us and help us achieve our goals.
Our dues are only $44/year and the dollars go to support our website, bookkeeping/tax preparation, and outreach including a booth at Women in Aviation where we interview for our type scholarships.