Flight Training - March 2013 - 6

RIGHT SEAT

By Ian J. Twombly
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EQUALITY
FOR WOMEN

AVIATION HAS A LONG WAY TO GO
hat do clergy, farm managers, painters, barbers, security
guards, and truck drivers all have in common? In terms
of percentage, a woman is more likely to work in any of
these male-dominated fields than in aviation. In a few of
these, she would be two to three times more likely. But
it’s estimated that just 6 percent of professional pilots are women, which
is in line with the overall percentage of female pilots.

W

Why there aren’t more women in aviation is not easy to explain. Studies have
examined the question, but as of yet no
one has come up with a good explanation.
If you listen to enough women who have
made it through the process, the answer
becomes pretty obvious—aviation can be a
hostile environment for women.
This is especially true in the training
arena, where many female students tell
stories of inappropriate instructors, scary

This month we examine the issue from
three sides—personal, professional, and
public. Jill W. Tallman’s feature story on
Girls In Flight Training ( “Women With
Wings,” page 28) kicks off our special
coverage. GIFT is a unique program that
offers free instruction, reduced aircraft
rental, and a supportive environment to
female students. We also examine women
in flying careers with “Aviation’s Glass
Ceiling,” on page 43. Some people believe

MANY FEMALE STUDENTS TELL STORIES OF
INAPPROPRIATE INSTRUCTORS, SCARY
MANEUVERS, AND A GENERAL DISRESPECT.
maneuvers, and a general disrespect.
That’s not to say it happens all the time,
of course. But it does happen. According
to FAA data, 12.3 percent of student pilot
certificate holders in 2011 were women.
Compare that to a 6.6-percent representation in the general pilot population, and
you realize that aviation has a problem
that’s persisted for decades.
Even instructors and school owners
who mean well don’t necessarily understand the impact of their actions. Many say
they treat everyone equally. That’s a noble
proposition that often can be a losing one.
Regardless of gender, different people have
different needs. A good flight instructor
recognizes this and responds appropriately. And a good customer should
demand it of a professional. Otherwise,
we’ll continue to put up with the aviation
equivalent of the schoolteacher who uses
the same transparencies for 30 years.

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the low numbers of women in aviation
is because of a lack of strong female role
models, but they are here if you look
around. We feature one of the best this
month in “Debrief,” on page 64. Patty
Wagstaff is a three-time U.S. National
Aerobatic champion, and a member of the
National Aviation Hall of Fame. Her trademark Extra 260 is hanging in the National
Air and Space Museum—upside down.
The work on increasing the ranks of
female pilots is just beginning. If we can
better understand the issues women face
in training, it’s not inconceivable that
thousands of new female pilots could join
our ranks over the next few years. Because
let’s face it: Flying an airplane is a lot more
fun than driving a tractor-trailer.
Email Editor Ian J. Twombly at ian.twombly@aopa.
org; Twitter: ijtwombly; and visit Flight Training on
Facebook.

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Flight Training - March 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2013

Flight Training - March 2013
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Not What It Appears
After the Checkride
How It Works
ASI News Action
Training Products
Since You Asked
Member Products Final Exam
Checkride
Flight Lesson
Flying Carpet
The "S" Word
Women With Wings
Problem Solver
Technique
Weather
Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Juggling the Airplane
The Known to the Unknown
You're Not Done Yet
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Training - March 2013
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2013 - 1
Flight Training - March 2013 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2013 - 3
Flight Training - March 2013 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2013 - 5
Flight Training - March 2013 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2013 - 7
Flight Training - March 2013 - Letters
Flight Training - March 2013 - 9
Flight Training - March 2013 - Not What It Appears
Flight Training - March 2013 - 11
Flight Training - March 2013 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - How It Works
Flight Training - March 2013 - ASI News Action
Flight Training - March 2013 - Training Products
Flight Training - March 2013 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - March 2013 - 17
Flight Training - March 2013 - Member Products Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2013 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - 20
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 23
Flight Training - March 2013 - The "S" Word
Flight Training - March 2013 - 25
Flight Training - March 2013 - 26
Flight Training - March 2013 - 27
Flight Training - March 2013 - Women With Wings
Flight Training - March 2013 - 29
Flight Training - March 2013 - 30
Flight Training - March 2013 - 31
Flight Training - March 2013 - 32
Flight Training - March 2013 - 33
Flight Training - March 2013 - Problem Solver
Flight Training - March 2013 - 35
Flight Training - March 2013 - 36
Flight Training - March 2013 - 37
Flight Training - March 2013 - Technique
Flight Training - March 2013 - 39
Flight Training - March 2013 - Weather
Flight Training - March 2013 - 41
Flight Training - March 2013 - 42
Flight Training - March 2013 - Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Flight Training - March 2013 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - March 2013 - 45
Flight Training - March 2013 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - March 2013 - Juggling the Airplane
Flight Training - March 2013 - The Known to the Unknown
Flight Training - March 2013 - You're Not Done Yet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 50
Flight Training - March 2013 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - March 2013 - Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover3
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover4
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