Welcome to First Woman Chair of RAA

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For anachronistic, misguided reasons, women did not receive appropriate opportunities in the airline industry for too many years. That is the past and now positions of authority are increasingly filled with exceptional females. For example, the senior management of the FAA includes a number of exceptional some. The Regional Airlines Association named its first woman Chair, Linda Markham.

Ms. Markham came to aviation from the human resources side of business and joined Cape Air to establish their HR organization. She proved that the absence of a pilot’s license or operational background did not inhibit her progress. Perhaps her greatest strength, her ability to listen, learn and decide, was a strong basis for advancement within her company. The result of her comprehensive knowledge of Cape Air earned her the top job.

Onto her next challenge, leading the RAA, in a critical year. 2015 has the obvious issues- a new Congress, Reauthorization- but the most difficult task will involve her expertise- the shortage of cockpit crew due to a combination of FAA regulatory decisions. Finding, training, retaining and scheduling of this most valuable airline asset is a subject about which Ms. Markham has great knowledge and experience.

Good luck to Ms. Markham in her new role and congratulations to RAA for such a wise choice.

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