Women’s Day 2020

Women’s Day in South Africa is celebrated on August 9th. This Day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition the country’s pass laws.

Therefore, today is the ideal opportunity to highlight the achievements of phenomenal South African Women, especially in the aviation industry where only 5% of airline pilots and 3% of Airline CEO’s are female. So of course, today we’re showing off a handful of our inspiring women in a range of aviation professions.

So, what else can be done to encourage more females into this industry?

Career days, job shadowing and more platforms with women sharing their experiences are a great starting point. Including more females in flight school advertisements as well as on their websites and social media is another way to show gender diversity to aspiring students. Finally, promoting the idea that one’s gender doesn’t matter to succeed in aviation is essential – with passion, anything is possible. So, let’s dive straight in...

Angela Neave

  • 21-year-old iATPL student

  • Career goal: to fly for a South African domestic carrier

“I believe 43 Air School has given me the best training possible and the knowledge needed for the future.”

Angela knew that she wanted to work with aircraft from a young age. A career in aircraft maintenance was her original dream, but Angela was bitten by the flying bug during her introduction flight at 43 Air School – she immediately shifted her focus to becoming a pilot.

Q1: How did your school peers react to your dream of becoming a pilot?

I had very mixed responses.

  • Some doubted my ability - they didn’t believe females were capable of being as competent pilots as men. In fact, they were shocked to hear that there are plenty of female pilots who fly for domestic airlines.

  • Luckily, my closest friends were supportive, excited for me and didn’t doubt me for a second. Those are the friends worth keeping.

Q2: What is the best part of your pilot training journey?

The practical flying part of the course, without a doubt! Learning how to fly, hearing students mistakenly say funny things on frequency (myself included) and everything in between. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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