Female pilotIt dawned on me when en route from Stockholm to Heathrow with British Airways this morning that I don’t think I have ever flown in a plane piloted by a woman. I fly far more than I really ought to, and have perhaps taken 50 or so return flights in the last 3 years, mostly with Ryanair, Easyjet, SAS and British Airways, yet none of those services has been piloted by a woman. The matter is sufficiently important to justify the existence of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. The FAQ page of their website states that 4000 of the world’s 80000 pilots are female, mostly in the USA. So what’s the problem in Europe?

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  1. I, like you, fly too much. I can recall once hearing a woman’s voice coming across from the cockpit in recent years. And she was “senior first officer” and not actually the pilot…

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