How can we reduce aviation inequalities for women pilots?

Airways Aviation, an aviation academy, has launched a programme to help and support women who want to become pilots. There are extreme gender inequalities within the aviation industry, they are therefore hoping to change this by empowering them and facilitating their training.

Behind the Times

The aviation industry is, unfortunately, still behind the times. It may have evolved in the technological sense, but it has not developed when it comes to gender equality. Statistics from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots say there are about 4,000 women pilots worldwide, of about 130,000 – that’s just 3%. It is therefore extremely evident that something needs to be done to change this.

Significant Barriers

There are a variety of reasons why there are such inequalities when it comes to this industry. However, one of the main barriers – whether you’re male or female is the cost. In 2017, it was estimated that to become a pilot, it can cost anywhere between £40,000 and £120,000. Airways Aviation, however, has decided to support women who wish to become pilots by offering them the opportunity to secure a scholarship which will provide them with £35,000 towards the price of a full-time EASA pilot training course.


Through providing these scholarships, Airways Aviation is hoping to prove its commitment to creating equal opportunities and reducing barriers to entering the pilot profession. Women are therefore given an opportunity to attend an open day at the aviation centre, apply for the scholarship and should they be successful they will receive all the purpose-built training they will need to become a pilot.

This story shows how Airways Aviation supports Goal 5: Gender Equality, specifically Target 5.8: “Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.”

About Airways Aviation

Founded in 1961, Airways Aviation is an aviation academy. It is the largest ab initio flight training network in the world, providing both integrated aviation training and resourcing services. They operate 125 training aircraft, 64 simulators and 10 training centres that offer a wide variety of aviation courses.

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