The aviation industry is open to all who seek its thrills and adventures. There are never two days the same and so many talented females engage in varying roles. From Flight Dispatcher to Airline Captain, Airport Operations Specialist to Fueler, Private Pilot to Flight Attendant, there is a valued place for all who work in aviation. Aim high….

Female Pilot and Entrepreneur, Abingdon Welch

On this episode of Leadership Looks Like Podcast, you will be able to learn more about Abingdon herself! She talks about why she chose a career in flying, how and why she started Abingdon Co.Learn how Abingdon, and what she does now to give women access to various career opportunities.

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More women need to be involved in aviation branding and design

“Jennifer Coutts Clay has made her mark on aviation by improving the passenger experience of millions. She has contributed to the aviation community by supporting historical preservation, environmental awareness, innovation, and education. “

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Navy helicopter pilots train day, night for important global missions

“News4Jax was given access to Naval Station Mayport’s elite HSM-40 Squadron to show you how these men and women train, and reveal what they are capable of doing here and around the world.”

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Pioneering female pilot now runs her own airline

“Helene Niedhart created headlines in the 1980s when, because no Swiss airline would employ her as a pilot, she founded her own airline. As Switzerland celebrates 100 years of scheduled flight, Niedhart looks back over her high-flying career. “

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Teen pilot's incredible landing on her first solo flight

“A teenage pilot who successfully landed her small plane after losing a wheel on her first-ever solo flight said she “freaked out a little bit” after someone on the ground radioed she’d lost the landing gear.”

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Maggie Taraska, 17, talks to reporters at a press conference in Beverly, Mass. on Sep. 10, 2018 about her emergency landing the previous day at Beverly Regional Airport.

Celebrating Sikorsky Test-Pilot Pioneer Pat Handy Swenson

Swenson celebrates her 94th birthday this year, just one year younger than her first employer—Sikorsky Aircraft. Swenson graduated from high school at age 16, earned her fixed-wing license and then was turned down by the Women’s Air Corps for being 0.5 in. too short.

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Aviation industry urged to hire more women as staff shortages loom

 Executives from top aerospace and aviation companies called on Thursday for stepped-up efforts to attract more women, saying this could help solve looming shortages of pilots, mechanics and top managers in the traditionally male-dominated sector.

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Female Texas Army National Guard pilot defies limits

“In a small barbed-wired enclosed, green-pastured yard in Tamaulipas, Mexico, just three hours south of the Texas-Mexico border, six-year-old Liliana Chavez Uribe marveled at the sight of crop-dusters flying over her home and dreamed that one day she, too, could fly.”

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A female Texas Army National Guard pilot's tennacity and ethics keeps her eyes on the stars while serving on the U.S. - Mexico border within miles of her family's humble immigrant beginnings where dreams of flying set her mind ever forward and upward. Lt. Chavez shares her father's work ethics and desire for constant improvement looks towards NASA and the stars for her next goal.

Female Helicopter Pilot Took on the Taliban—and the Pentagon

“Mary Jennings Hegar, a former helicopter pilot for the U.S. Air National Guard, is only the second woman, after Amelia Earhart, to get the Distinguished Flying Cross with a Valor Device.”

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121 Women Pilots Set to Compete in 42nd Annual Air Race Classic

The field is set for the 42nd Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-women cross-country airplane race. Fifty-six teams, consisting of 121 women pilots from across the country and around the world, will take off at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 from Sweetwater, Texas, for a 2,656-mile sprint across the United States that ends Friday, June 22 in Fryeburg, Maine.

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Association for Women Airplane Mechanics

“Our inspiration to organize came from the expressed need for women, in the maintenance and engineering segments of the aviation industry to have a means by which to communicate and support each other. Most of us have experienced the loneliness of being the only one or one of a handful of women in our position at work or school. Even when we attended the WAI (Women in Aviation) conference and found ourselves surrounded by a sea of extraordinary women, our perception was that the participants were predominantly pilots. Again, we found ourselves in what appeared to be a rather different minority status.”


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International Women of Aviation Week

“The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) – a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, Canada – leads an industry alliance counting close to 10,000 industry professionals and enthusiasts plus nearly 600 Certified Women Friendly organizations representing all sectors of the industry in 44 countries on 5 continents. The group is dedicated to fostering gender balance thus, growth, in the air and space industry.

By studying and addressing the behaviors and attitudes that effectively exclude women, iWOAW has established a proven track record of developing creative, innovative, and engaging initiatives that change perceptions, motivate action, and deliver results. Its multi-pronged approach to gender balance advancement features a blend of outreach, education, and advocacy designed to steer women towards the industry then steer them towards success.”


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Women in Aerospace

“Women in Aerospace (WIA) is dedicated to increasing the leadership capabilities and visibility of women in the aerospace community. We acknowledge and promote innovative individuals who strive to advance the aerospace industry as a whole. Our membership, comprised of both women and men, share a passion for a broad spectrum of aerospace issues. These include human space flight, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communications, robotic space exploration, and the policy issues surrounding these fields, among others.”


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Women in Aviation International

“Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Our diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.


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