FAA Launches Women In Aviation Advisory Board


The FAA has established a Women in Aviation Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Wednesday. According to the FAA, the purpose of the new board is to “provide independent advice and recommendations to the FAA in supporting women’s involvement in the aviation field.” It will focus on “analyzing industry trends; coordinating efforts among airlines, nonprofit organizations, and aviation and engineering associations to facilitate support for women pursuing aviation careers; expanding scholarship opportunities; and enhancing training, mentorship, education and outreach programs for women interested in aviation careers.”  

“We must find ways to inspire women and young people to enter the aviation profession,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “We need pilots, mechanics, engineers and many other professionals to enter the aviation profession pipeline, and I look forward to working with the Secretary to boost the number of aviation professionals and keep our nation’s aviation industry strong and vital.”

The FAA is accepting nominations to the Women in Aviation Advisory Board through Oct. 29, 2019. It is also accepting nominations for the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force, which has been tasked with developing and recommending initiatives to encourage high school students to pursue careers in aviation. Both groups were established to meet the requirements of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (PDF).

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. “We must find ways to inspire women and young people to enter the aviation profession,”

    Is there a labor shortage?
    If smart men are not choosing aviation then the aim here is to dupe women and the uneducated young?
    Specifically, why target women & kids to do the work?

  2. Promoting interest in aviation careers with an emphasis on female new starts is a good thing. Not a threatening thing. Why the fear?

    • It’s funny how sane, rational and reasoned questions are now being called phobic.
      The aim of this is political.
      People are individuals; and this political prejudice based on gender.
      Promote aviation careers for ALL individuals. That’s reasonable and unprejudiced.