Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
1Trip End Jun 04, 2010
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There is a pilot shortage that is worldwide. Pilots are in high demand. Recruitment has opened up to women because of this shortage. Some flight attendants at American Eagle have gone back to school and become pilots. So women are moving from lower paying careers in the back of the plane to the front seats. Each time I go to work, I see more women pilots. It gives me a sense of pride to fly with female pilots.
American Eagle has currently about 5 or 6 women captains. They are all on reserve which means they don't have a regular schedule or a life. However, they are earning the salaries of a captain which is much better than flight attendant pay in the back of the plane.
So ladies if you are thinking about becoming a flight attendant, think again the pilot seat is wide open for you. Lady pilots can afford there own apartments, while flight attendants must live together in crash pads on first year pay. This is definitely the decade of the women moving forward into higher paying careers in the front of the plane.
Don't let the cost of educating yourself stop you. Where there is a will there is a way. There are organizations that provide scholarships. Network by attending the conventions for women in aviation.
I saw for my first time a female flight crew. The captain, first officer and flight attendant were all females. Wow is American Eagle breaking new ground or what?
I happened to meet Captain Tina McWilliams as she made history first day as an Embraer Air Captain by flying with First Officer Kelly Caspers. She is one of five or six women pilots at American Eagle. See photo.