Promoting the Profession at Women in Aviation Conference
Thousands gathered March 10-12, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn., for the 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference. The event, hosted by Women in Aviation, International (WAI) is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women who choose to build a career in the aviation industry.

From seminars on the current state of the industry to meeting with representatives from all corners of it, attendees were given valuable exposure to a wealth of education and networking opportunities.

Throughout the three-day conference, pilots from ALPA's Education and Membership committees, supported by ALPA staff, worked together to serve as a resource to the thousands of curious attendees who sought information about various aviation career paths for women.

Students from ALPA's Aviation Collegiate Education Club, including the chapters at Embry-Riddle, SIU, Prescott, and Lewis, also participated this year, sharing the aviation student perspective on ALPA's resources in Aviation Accreditation Board, International schools.

ALPA's annual presence at the WAI Conference is just one example of our continued commitment to the profession and our passion for encouraging young pilots to fulfill their dreams of becoming airline pilots.

In addition to showcasing ALPA resources and providing aspiring aviators with the opportunity to engage with members at this year's conference, we are also celebrating influential women throughout ALPA's history in conjunction with Women's History Month. Female aviators have been making tremendous contributions to the profession since Emily Howell was hired as the first female airline pilot in 1973.

Girls in Aviation Day
On Saturday, September 26, 2015, ALPA and the world's aviation community celebrated Girls in Aviation Day, an international event sponsored by Women in Aviation International.

From Atlanta, Ga., to Ypsilanti, Mich., ALPA pilots were front and center in commemorating the day. Girls in Aviation Day is designed to give girls an opportunity to connect with other girls and women who are interested in aviation, explore careers in the aviation and aerospace industry, and experience firsthand what it's like to be a pilot or other aviation industry professional.

As airline pilots, most of us felt the passion to fly from an early age—we knew we wanted to fly almost before we could walk. But understanding how to follow that passion required information and role models to show the way. Events like Girls in Aviation Day provide girls of all ages with the opportunity to meet pilots and other aviation professionals to learn about their real-word experiences and to ask questions in an encouraging environment.

In Minneapolis, ALPA volunteers helped celebrate Girls in Aviation Day at an event that drew more than 800 attendees including more than 500 children. A Carlsbad, Calif., gathering included an ATC tower tour led by two female professional air traffic controllers and airplane tours given by female pilots.

Girls in Aviation Day was a tremendous opportunity to showcase the airline piloting profession and encourage girls and all young people to get involved. ALPA's participation is just one more way our union is helping to build an airline piloting profession for the future. More photos.

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).

Emily Warner: The First Female Pilot Member of ALPA
Air Line Pilot, June/July 2000, page 29
By Capts. Rick Wise and Jolanda Witvliet (United)
Recently Capt. Emily Howell Warner was inducted into the Wings over the Rockies Museum in Denver, Colo. We were privileged to have the opportunity to be able to attend the ceremony and interview Capt. Warner, who, in 1973, became the first female pilot hired by a U.S. scheduled airline.

Emily Howell was born on Oct. 30, 1939, and attended Holy Family High School in Colorado. She started flying in 1958; and after amassing her private, commercial, and flight instructor certificates, and instrument and multiengine ratings, she went to work for Clinton Aviation Company as a flight instructor. She rose to the positions of chief pilot, flight school manager, and FAA pilot examiner, racking up more than 7,000 hours of flight time in a period of less than 12 years. Read the full story.

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