Despite significant progress made in recent decades, women still make up less than 10% of the aviation industry workforce. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation formed the 30-member Women in Aviation Advisory Board to find out why, and among the members of this board are two women with close ties to NBAA. “It’s not just a women’s issue,” notes Kate Fraser, a member of NBAA’s board of directors and head of safety for Joby Aviation. “To make the aviation industry a better place for all people, especially women, we have to have support from our male colleagues.”
In this episode of NBAA’s Flight Plan, host Rob Finfrock speaks with:
Kate Fraser, Head of Safety for Joby Aviation and an NBAA board director
Kriya Shortt, Senior Vice President, Parts & Programs for Textron Aviation and a member of the NBAA Advisory Council
Special events for students have taken on increasing importance as business aviation seeks to differentiate itself from the airlines and attract the talented young people it needs to maintain momentum through the 21st century.
At NBAA-BACE, about 100 college students interested in pursuing careers in business aviation engaged with young industry professionals. As they explored their possible career options, they also had an opportunity to meet recruiters searching for job candidates.
Now more than ever, it's time to consider “the complete pilot” instead of simply looking at their logbook, experts say. Succeeding in this competitive and dynamic workforce environment requires new approaches and considerations.
Ensuring that young girls recognize the opportunities available to them in aviation is key to diversifying the industry in years to come, so NBAA staff and member companies this year took part in Girls in Aviation Day events around the country.