If you are into astronomical numbers here’s one you will probably like: An US aircraft company recently announced that somewhere in the neighborhood of 533,000 new commercial pilots will be needed worldwide in the next two decades. The intriguing part of this is the fact that though the number is great, a young person can start paving the road to success as a pilot today. And, though it might not be realized, there is no “gender restrictions” as to who can fill those positions.
“After a little research,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “I discovered that the total number of women globally employed as airline pilots is somewhere in the neighborhood of only four percent.”
The reason this is so is probably due to the fact that, in many instances, pilot careers are still considered to be out of the reach of women. The truth of the matter, however, is that nothing could be further from the truth.
“The key to success in becoming a pilot,” Dale Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’S President advised, “is not based on one’s gender, but rather on their willingness to work hard and have the stick-to-itive-ness to realize their goal.”
To validate his statements Dale points to Carey D. Lohrenz, the first female Navy Pilot to be assigned to fly an F-14 Tomcat. As you may know, the Tomcat is one of those aircraft that takes off from, and lands on, an aircraft carrier.
When discussing her success, Lohrenz has several words of advice:
- Focus on what matters most - - one mission at a time.
- Be “fearless” - If your fear of failure prevents you from even trying you will never succeed.
- Be tenacious and persistent - After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“Obviously,” Jason pointed out, we here at TURBINE TRAINING are supportive of all of our students, regardless of their gender. And,” he continued, “we will do everything we can to ensure their success.”