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We’ve partnered with airlines across the globe, each offering different opportunities. For example, one airline might offer partial funding for training, and another full funding, some include an employment opportunity. It all depends on what is offered in your region of eligibility.
Judy Cameron has been breaking barriers since she became the first female graduate of Selkirk College – and she was only getting started.
In 1978, she became the first woman to fly for Air Canada. At the age of 23, she was only the second woman to fly for a Canadian commercial airline. Later, she became the first Canadian female captain of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777.
In 2015, Judy Cameron was awarded the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award. She retired shortly thereafter following an exemplary37-year career with Air Canada.
In honour of Judy Cameron, Air Canada started a scholarship to foster the next generation of women pilots.
As a first officer for Seaboard Airlines from 1980–1981, Lynn Rippelmeyer is best known as the first woman to pilot the Boeing 747. But did you know that in 1977, she was also part of the first all-female crew of a scheduled flight in the United States? Lynn started her aviation career as a TWA flight attendant in 1972, but becoming a pilot was her ultimate goal! This all-star pilot accomplished many firsts throughout her career and as a result, has been honoured for her achievements with her uniforms on exhibit in museums like the Smithsonian.
In 2017, Shaesta became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, visiting five continents and 22 countries. She took on this mission to in¬spire other women to pursue careers in the sci¬ence, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. And inspire she did. Truly passionate about inspiring the next generation, Shaesta founded Dreams Soar, a non-profit organization running outreach programs and funding scholarships to encourage girls and women to enter aviation and STEM careers.
Being the first often means having to work hard to defy the odds. Emily Howell Warner was the first woman to become a US airline captain. Warner served as a first officer for Frontier Airlines, a position the former flight school instructor and single mom worked very hard to achieve. Warner earned her wings in 1973 after watching many of her male students from the Clinton Aviation Academy graduate and easily secure jobs with commercial airlines. When Warner was hired in 1973, there were no other women working as pilots for the major commercial airlines. She challenged the status quo and fostered measurable change. Just five years after she got her first pilot job, there were some 300 women flying as commercial pilots in the United States.
Anny Divya never allowed age to get in the way of her dream. She completed her pilot training when she was just 19 years old, and soon began her career with Air India. At age 21, she left for London to train on the Boeing 777, and in 2017, at age 30, became the youngest woman to pilot that aircraft type.
At only 19 years old, Zara Rutherford became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, closing the loop on a five-month record-breaking journey. During her Guinness World Record adventure, Zara flew 28,000 nautical miles, landing in 41 countries on five continents along the way. Rutherford didn’t have a strong role model as there were very few women in aviation and computer engineering when she was young. Her mission is to change that.
Together, we are making the aviation industry stronger and more diverse than ever. See how our partners are contributing to aviation scholarships for women.