BOEING says Women could fill critical positions in Aviation

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Beoing Says Aviation Needs Women

Mary Kirby, Editor and Publisher of the Runway Girl Network, provides great insight into the commercial airline world, particularly the passenger experience.

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She has written a worthwhile article which points to an answer to the projected shortage of airline pilots and mechanics. Her primary source is a briefing by Sherry Carbary, VP Flight Services at Boeing Commercial on the annual 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlook.

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Ms. Kirby’s post deserves careful review and so does Ms. Carbary’s report. Here is a brief review of this important under utilized pool of future aviation professionals:

  • There is “a need for 617,000 new pilots – about 31,000 per year – through 2035.
  • “…a gain of about 11% over last year’s forecast with the largest increase in demand attributed to the Asia-Pacific region, followed by North America and Europe.”
  • “…679,000 new technicians, with the need most acute in Asia-Pacific…”
  • “…a need for 814,000 flight attendants over the next 20 years…”
  • “Boeing is a big proponent of getting more women… into the aviation community overall, but certainly as pilots and technicians because of the need,” Sherry Carbary
  • “’You hear that women don’t want to be pilots because they don’t want to be away from families [but] cabin crew are away from their families, and women can help fill that [pilot] void,’ added Carbary.”

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  • “Though women have traditionally been well represented in the flight attendant profession, the overall need for cabin crew in the next 20 years is substantial at ‘40,000 per year,’ noted Carbary. That’s a ‘pretty significant number, and when put together for pilots, technicians and cabin crew, significant resources are needed,’ she concluded.”

This is not a new issue for Ms. Kirby and she thoughtfully included a number of recent relevant articles which she has written on the subject:

Women have played an important role in the history of the Boeing company, beginning in 1916 when seamstress Rosie Farrar was hired by William Boeing to stitch together linen wings for the early B & W seaplanes. By 1918, women made up almost 25 percent of the company’s employee base, notes Betsy Case in Trailblazers: … Continue reading

With women pilots and all-women flight crews making headlines at International Women’s Day events around the globe on Tuesday it was easy to forget for a moment just how imbalanced is the gender make-up of the cockpit crew at most carriers. And while social media-friendly photo ops with all-women flight crews are never a bad … Continue reading

Alia Twal, a first officer who flies for Royal Jordanian Airlines, is a trailblazer in her home country of Jordan. From an early age Twal found her true calling: she knew she would learn to fly and become a pilot. “I was 16 years old when I decided I wanted to be a pilot,” she recalled for Runway … Continue reading

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Gloria Steinem Among those leading the shift to gender balance in air and space is the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW), whose flagship outreach program, Women … Continue reading

aviation needs womenThe importance of STEM as a program to insure that the future workforce available for aerospace is mentioned by both women and has been repeatedly advocated by many in industry. Hopefully that strategy will produce more applicants with the necessary skills.

Since the potential pool of talent is not heavily reliant on military pilots, airline managements must reexamine the traditional recruitment process. Taboos should be reconsidered and accommodations reexamined.

  • Might it be possible to include job-sharing?
  • Are there career options from the cockpit to management after an appropriate time flying?
  • Can positions more amenable to families be accepted for these new hires, i.e. check rides, training billets, etc.? This optional work might meet normal business tests; does moving the position expand the total pilot capacity?
  • Are there simple technological additions which might facilitate the family life, like Skype which would allow the absent parent to check in at home?
  • Would the employer be willing to subsidize child care?

These are mere guesses made by a male; clearly, an airline, considering the targeting of women as pilots, mechanics and flight attendants, must benefit from the judgment of women.


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