Although the world has changed and people are generally more resistant to biases surrounding “masculine“ and “feminine“ professions, men still represent aviation. We at BAA Training are lucky to have at least a couple of female student pilots every year, and 58% of BAA Training employees in Lithuania are women. It’s not only instructors who are closely connected to the organization of pilot studies. There are many more people taking control over these processes. For example, do you know what an Operations Manager does? Agnieszka from BAA Training Spain does!
What does an Operations Manager of a pilot training centre do?
I am responsible for planning all operations in our Ab Initio flight school. On a daily basis, I cooperate with flight dispatchers and the maintenance team to ensure the maximum utilization of our fleet and proper planning of our students. I prepare the long-term planning, run statistics and maintain the overview of each student’s progress. It’s a challenging but rewarding job.
What made you join BAA Training Spain, and how do you find it so far?
Before joining BAA Training Spain, I worked as a cabin crew within the Avia Solution Group. I found the field of aviation very interesting, so when I graduated from the university, I decided to stay in aviation but in an area that interests me more (which is operations). Working for BAA Training gave me a good overview of the pilots’ training and how students start with zero experience and finish the training with a commercial licence.
What have you achieved so far at BAA Training Spain?
I joined BAA Training in January 2020, and in uncertain times of COVID, I grew as a professional. When there was a chance to progress, I took the new opportunity to take a new challenge. I am grateful to my supervisor Victor Perez and the whole team that supports me in this new role.
You work in a traditionally more mell-dominated sector – aviation. What do you think needs to be done so that more women consider a pilot career?
Since I started working in BAA Training, there have always been female students in the academy. Currently, in the flight training, we have five female student pilots – compared to male students, this number is very low. I think part of today’s problem is the lack of visible role models in aviation – if a young girl sees a woman in aviation with a successful career, she might consider it as something good for her as well. In my opinion, women can achieve milestones in every aviation sector, from developing technologies to piloting aircraft. Within the aviation industry, we need to stop creating invisible barriers – we have a responsibility to inspire girls and show them that becoming a pilot is a viable career option.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
During my studies, I worked as a football journalist – I was responsible for covering the Polish league games. 😊