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July 2020 Worldwide Female Pilot Numbers

185,143 Total airline pilots, 9746 Female airline pilots 5.26%, 2630 Female airline captains 1.42% (Now down to 9648 total female airline pilots and 2606 female airline captains, subtracting the women from the airlines that went bankrupt in the first half of 2020) The percentages will drop, too, unfortunately, as airlines begin their furloughs.

Our statistics are updated twice a year, or whenever we receive new information on airlines.

First List: A Work in Progress

ISA Hats from 1980
In 1994, it was incorporated in the State of Nevada as a non-profit corporation, 501(C)3. Our dues are only $44/year.

It is our goal to increase this percentage and open wider the doors to a career flying airliners for women.

ISA is the world’s largest single donor of advanced flight scholarships for women, annually awarding at least two aircraft type ratings and thousands of dollars of scholarship monies to qualified women. The type ratings are highly competitive and are a major step in acquiring the job of airline pilot. Most of ISA's type rating winners have gone on to airline pilot careers. 

Our members are active or retired/medically retired airline pilots. We support active and aspiring airline pilots with career support and mentoring. We publish an electronic newsletter (members only) three or more times annually. We have an annual conference at various locations around the globe. We hope to create greater visibility, acceptance, and understanding of women airline pilots for the general public.   

ISA Board of Directors and Committees are made up of volunteers. Additional volunteers can include spouses, partners, parents, children etc., all working for the benefit of the club and its stated mission.  Officers and Directors of ISA are not paid. There are no financial considerations accruing to participation in ISA's charitable and educational mission. Most expenses are not reimbursed. Our rewards are the lasting friendships that we make and the satisfaction of a job well done: bringing women into the field of airline flying, and supporting those of us who have managed to achieve that goal. 

Las Vegas 40th Anniversary

Press Statement from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots

Airplane design, pilot training, and federal regulations are what drive safety; not gender, size, or physical strength.

There should not be any flight control system on a modern airplane that any person who is qualified cannot overcome and fly.

Captain Tara Cook

Chairwoman ISA+21

CFR 25.253 (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations) High-speed characteristics: must be shown that the airplane can be recovered to a normal attitude and its speed reduced to VMO/MMO, without exceptional piloting strength or skill. 

Read the full code here:

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.”

International Society Press Release CFRs

Our Mission

ISA+21 is a charitable, non-profit organization of career women airline pilots whose purpose is to: celebrate camaraderie; support informational exchange and social interaction among its members in a healthy environment; provide aviation scholarship opportunities for career-seeking women; and inspire future generations of women aviators via educational outreach.

Our dues are only $44 a year. If you are interested in joining ISA, go to Membership Requirements to see if you qualify. We would love to have you join us!

Current Numbers Worldwide Women Airline PIlots