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How did ISA+21 get its name?
In 1978 when ISA was founded, the original name was the International Social Affiliation of Women Airline Pilots. The founders wanted an acronym that some how 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".
When was the first woman airline pilot hired?
The first U.S. woman airline pilot was Helen Richey hired by Central Airlines, a United States airline, in 1934. She resigned 10 months later when the all-male pilots' union refused to accept her. Out of piloting work and nearly penniless, she committed suicide January 7, 1947. A woman airline pilot “Firsts” database is managed by the Ninety-Nines.
How many women airline pilots are there?
This number is constantly changing and thankfully growing. There are about 110,000 airline pilots worldwide. Current estimates are approximate: 5000 women airline pilots worldwide and 1500 women captains.
The Air Line Pilots Association International represents over 54,000 pilots of which 5.6% are women. 12/28/2016. Of that population 27.7% are Captains, 70.3% are First Officers and less than .01% are Second Officers. This equates to 3024 women pilots and 838 women captains.
How many of those women are captains?
What with growing airlines, downsizing airlines, upstarts, and bankruptcies, we can only speculate that the number is around 1500 women airline captains worldwide. We are still/always compiling...
Are there strength or height requirements that women must meet?
In the early days of hiring women airline pilots, there were many tests that we had to submit to including strength tests. There was also a minimum height for pilots at most airlines. These requirements have mainly fallen by the wayside. The only requirement is that a prospective pilot can fly the simulator provided during the interview process, without undue problems due to height or strength (i.e. she can reach the rudder pedals and see over the dash, and she can control an airplane that has lost it's hydraulic systems used to facilitate flying).
Where can I get more information about becoming an airline pilot
Check out ISA's "Tips for Becoming an Airline Pilot"  Tips on Becoming an Airline Pilot , or Contact ISA+21 to help guide you in your quest for an airline career.
What do we say if the press contacts us about an airline incident or accident?
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 investigation.”