Steven Richards, the owner of Brandywine Flight School in West Chester, believes women are the answer to the current unprecedented shortage of airline pilots, writes Anna Orso for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to Richards, women are “naturally suited to do extremely well,” and yet “they’re not here.”
At present, only around five percent of the students at Brandywine Flight School are women.
Only seven percent of licensed pilots are female, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Out of those, only four percent work for airlines.
One of the reasons the numbers are so low is stereotypes that discourage women from even submitting an application.
Richards said that there used to be an image of a stereotypical pilot, but aviation safety and what it means to be a good pilot have changed with the times.
“Instead of being a swashbuckling risk-taker, the epitome of a great pilot is a person who’s calm, can multitask, and mitigate risk,” he said. “Change has taken place, and aviation safety is greater than it’s ever been.”
Read more about female pilots in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.