In the 60’s, one in approximately 21,000 women were certified pilots.
Today, those numbers are about one in 5,600!
According to recent FAA data shared by Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, there are 27,451 female pilots in the U.S. that hold an “other-than-student” pilot certificate.
It is still, however, a small amount compared to its male counterpart.
In 2010 the percentage of female pilots in the U.S. was 5.39%. 5.15% of those hold a for-hire pilots license.
Another statistic notes that while 76,000 people in the U.S. report their income source as an aircraft engineer or pilot, only 3,200 of them are women.
Many female aviation organizations recognize that one of the main issues that affect today’s male/female pilot ratio is the high cost of training.
The average cost of a flight lesson in a two-seater aircraft with fuel and instructor is reported between $130-$160.
This is because the cost of airplanes has also increased over time.
Despite these discouraging statistics, there has been an overall progress in the inclusion of women in the Aviation Industry.
The future of women in aviation lies in many female aviation organizations globally along with other websites such as this one that can raise awareness and motivate more women to obtain their pilot certificates.