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Fly your name around the moon

What if space was gender-balanced? If can be – in name – if enough women and girls respond to this cool and free NASA offer. Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The flight paves the way toward landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon! You can have your name included on a flash drive that will …

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Percentage of female airline CEO catches up with gender mix among S&P 500 companies

While still few, the number of female airline CEO has risen in recent years. In 2022, 8% of the CEOs for the world’s top 100 airlines are women. That’s 2% higher than the percentage of women at the helm of S&P 500 companies. It was just a few years back – June 5, 2018, more exactly – when Mr. Al Baker, Qatar Airways C.E.O. and Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shared his …

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Major action needed says new research on gender diversity in the airlines

A just-released major report shines a light on the significant problem of gender discrimination and the lack of gender diversity amongst pilots in the airline industry with a specific focus on the airline pilot trainer role.  The study conducted by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) aimed to investigate why so few pilot trainers are female and explore the barriers to female pilot career progression. Among …

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FAA drops airmen from NOTAM terminology

As December 2, 2021, the long name for NOTAMs switched from Notices to Airmen to Notices to Air Missions. The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide who was first to denounce the FAA’s gender-excluding terminology and advocate for its replacement welcomes the change in terminology for NOTAMs. In a good sign for things to come, the FAA also dropped “airmen” in the target group description and replaced it with “personnel”, a gender neutral used by …

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Russian Sukhoi fighter jet

After a nearly 80-year hiatus, Russian women can be fighter pilots and aircraft technicians again

On August 10, 1911, Lidia Zvereva became the first woman in Russia to hold a pilot licence and Russia became the fourth country in the world to count a licenced female pilot. In 1913, she became the world’s second woman to run an aircraft manufacturing plant and, one year later, the first woman to fly an aerobatic maneuver, the loop. Russian women remained on the forefront of the air and space industry. Eugenie Shakhovskaya became …

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