ALPA Members Connect at 2015 Women In Aviation

Hundreds of ALPA members navigated uncommonly icy weather to gather in Dallas, Tex., March 5–7, 2015, for the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. This conference brought together women and men from all facets of the industry—pilots, airlines, aspiring aviators, government regulators, military personnel, engineers, universities, and others. Under the conference theme of "connect, engage, inspire," participants took advantage of educational sessions and social networking opportunities to learn new strategies, share experiences, and support each other on their career path and life journey.

Showcasing a new booth garnering rave reviews, volunteers from ALPA's Education and Membership committees and staff spoke with countless members, industry professionals, and aspiring aviators about our union, its resources, and its efforts to safeguard and enhance the piloting profession. Highlights from the conference included meet and greets with airline employment representatives (many of which were ALPA member carriers), an Exhibit Hall with more than 120 booths, and over $600,000 in scholarships that included two Boeing and two Airbus type ratings. Numerous ALPA members distinguished themselves from a pool of very strong candidates to win some of the coveted scholarships donated by sponsor companies, Women in Aviation, Int'l, and other supportive organizations. Congratulations to all!

View more photos from this year's event and mark your calendar—next year's conference is scheduled for March 10–12, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

 

Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men

Women are making great strides regarding gender equality and equal pay in the workplace. But there are many high-paying, fast-growing fields that young women still may not be aware of as exciting career options. In the book, Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men, it shares 22 nontraditional careers for women, including pilots.

Two female ALPA pilots provided interviews inside the book.

UAL First Officer Nathalie Hacken (formerly with ASA) states, "It is a great career for the independent, driven woman. It requires patience, drive, and determination. If you enjoy challenges, traveling, and working with many different people in an always fluid and changing environment, then you would enjoy this line of work." 

"My job is always changing--the weather, my routes, the passengers. Every day is different," said First Officer Annmarie Savitiski (DAL).

 

My First Boeing Type Rating

Check out this inspiring story of a female pilot who received a scholarship to complete her first Boeing type rating in Aviation for Women magazine.Read more . . . 

 

Emily Warner--The First Female Pilot Member of the Air Line Pilots Association
Air Line Pilot, June/July 2000, page 29

Written by Capt. Jean Haley Harper (United), this article details Capt. Warner's aviation career from start to finish, delving into her life as a modern-day pioneer for young women aviators aspiring to become airline pilots. Read more . . .

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