For Indian Women Pilots, Sky Is Not The Limit

The Logical Indian

July 11th, 2015 / 12:30 PM

Up in the air, Indian women are increasingly in charge. For a country that can’t ensure a woman’s safety or her basic rights on the ground, the recruitment record of India’s airlines presents a contrast. So, the next time you take a flight in India, the chances of the pilot being a woman are much higher than anywhere else in the world.

India currently has 5,100 pilots, of which 600, or 11.7%, are women, according to ministry of civil aviation data. There are a total 130,000 pilots in the world, of which 4,000, or about 3%, are women, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.
“This is definitely one trend which flies in the face of the global opinion of India as a regressive place for women,” said Harpreet Singh Dey, president of the Indian Women Pilots’ Association. She’s also the first female pilot to operate an international flight by a local carrier, Air India, in 1988.

Dey recalls that conditions during her training period weren’t always optimal. “I was in Hisar, Haryana, and there were no women’s hostels,” she said. The times have changed dramatically since then, Dey said. Airlines now have special contract clauses designed especially for women pilots.

“We have flexible contracts providing a variety of options such as 40 hours of flying per month or two weeks off for two weeks of flying. We also have a creche at the training centre for new mothers,” said Bavicca Bharathi, a pilot and line training captain with IndiGo. Bharathi holds records for being India’s youngest pilot licence holder at 18 in 2007 and also its youngest commander three years later.
She said however that long breaks are a problem as certifications tend to lapse.

Read more at Times Of India

Image Courtesy: TOI


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Pilot Daughter Air India Farewell

Daughter Gives Her Air Hostess Mother A Perfect Farewell, Pilots Her Last Flight Before Retirement

Mumbai Plane Crash

Mumbai: Pilots Sacrifice Own Lives To Save Others & Crash Land Plane In Under Construction Building

Find Out How You Can Limit What Google Knows About You

ATM

No Cash Withdrawal Limit From Current Accounts From February 1, Announces RBI

38 Pilots And 113 Crew Members Tested Positive For Alcohol

Cash Exchange

Cash Exchange Limit Set To Rs 2,000 And Other New measures To Be Implemented From Tomorrow

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Wife Of Dismissed IPS Officer Sanjeev Bhatt Accuses Ruling Govt Of Being Vindictive

Opinion

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Irresponsible Statements

News

Stranded At Sea, Commander Abhilash Tomy Rescued After 72 Hours Of Multinational Effort

News

Irregularities Worth Rs 97,000 Crore Found Under Samajwadi Party’s Rule In UP: CAG Report

My Story

My Story: I Don’t Want To Have A Pizza In 30 Minutes At The Cost Of Someone’s Life!

News

Asian Games Medalists Given Only Bouquets In IOA Ceremony After Names Misspelt In Cheques

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.