Pilot: male or female profession?

2012-07-27

Probably not many of you have heard a female voice coming from a pilot’s loudspeaker during the flight, but if it happens, most of us feel surprised. Whilst our world is constantly changing and becomes more and more modern, in our everyday lives we still encounter outdated stereotypes, such as the suitability of certain professions to exclusively men or women. Our Lord has once said: ’On Earth as It Is in Heaven.‘ Unfortunately, land inequality sometimes thrusts itself into aviation skies, too.

The statistics shows, that a pilot’s profession is not as popular among women as it is among men – Air Facts Journal has pointed out that male pilots, both in general aviation as well as in the commercial airline space, now outnumber females by a approx. 94 to six margin. The CNN Travel article noted that one of the biggest hurdles women face when attempting to become pilots are financial obstacles as going the civilian route to become an airline pilot can cost up to US$100,000 in training. As a result, women who go through training to become a pilot of any aircraft type quiet often tend to do so because of a family connection to the profession or to aviation in general.  However, in the past ten years since 2000, the number of women pilots in the U.S. has risen by nearly 19%.  And the number of the women who have achieved the highest certification, that of an Airline Transport Pilot, has increased by 35%, according to the statistics provided by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).

‘For centuries, being a female was considered as a disadvantage and women were commonly subjected to oppression. But nowadays, when women are becoming increasingly independent, it is easier to see what they are truly worth’, says Prof. James Robert Flynn, a researcher on intelligence and a professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His latest research has shown that women’s Intelligence Quotient (IQ), is higher than their male counterparts for the first time in 100 years. But as during childhood it is commonly accepted that boys play with boys, girls play with girls.

The same principle still applies in very mature age. For example, earlier this year a passenger was refused service of a Brazilian airline by a female pilot because he was making sexist comments about women flying planes. He reportedly shouted: ‘Someone should have told me the captain was a woman. I’m not flying with a female at the controls.’ Trip Airlines said it would not tolerate disparaging remarks made about any of the 1,400 women working for the airline. Such incidents prompt the conclusion that for most men it is hard to consider women equally skilled in male-dominated areas.

In summary – choosing a profession is everyone’s individual business. Describing a profession as feminine or masculine has starting to become an absolutely irrelevant practice nowadays, as everything depends on a human’s personal abilities and talents. For example, Jamie Oliver is the most popular chef; hundreds of designers, makeup artists, hairdressers are males, what stereotypically had been considered to be female professions. The same applies to aviation – there already is a number of women such as Amelia Earhart who have had a huge impact on aviation. That is why the most important factor for choosing a career remains an individual, not a gender or common practise.

Sources: airfactsjournal.com, edition.cnn.com, aviationcv.com, newtimes.co.rw, telegraph.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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