If you run across an American Airlines employee with an extra spring to his or her step, it might be because of the carrier's new maternity policy. Effective March 1, 2017, many AA employees will receive “up to 10 weeks of fully paid time off to recover from pregnancy and delivery” and/or “up to $4,000 in financial support and positive space travel related to adoptions.” This covers both union and nonunion employees.
Delta Air Lines followed suit, announcing six weeks of paid time off after birth, but not for women pilots, who are union employees.
An article in August of last year highlighted the issues in the cockpit of being a new mom.
There is a movement afoot to improve working conditions for pilot moms, and there was a panel discussion at Women in Aviation about:
Shattering the Glass Cockpit: Creating Positive Change for Women Pilots in Today’s Global Airlines
Panel participants pictured below:
Captain Kathy McCullough (Retired, NW Airlines), Captain Lynn Tatum (United), First Officer Maggie Linn (American),Captain Jolanda Witvliet (United), First Officer Crystal Barrois (Delta), First Officer Jenny Winter (Delta), Captain Alison Britton (Skywest), Captain Christina Halli (Delta).
We can use all the help we can get! Please join us!
COME FROM AWAY
Thirty-eight planes were diverted into Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001. This wonderful musical highlights ISA founder, Beverley Bass.
"COME FROM AWAY" previews began on February 18, 2017 in New York City at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre! Rave reviews... we are beyond excited that this play is based on one of our founding members!
Beverley Bass gives Jenn Colella, the actress who plays her in "Come From Away," her ISA+21 pin.
PLEASE join me in congratulating three women pilots who have recently upgraded to Captain! Congratulations, Captain Deborah Hecker (American Airlines), who is also a chief pilot! Congratulations, Captain Aileen Marie (Atlas Air), who has achieved her lifelong dream of left seat on the mighty 747! Congratulations, Captain Betsy Jordan Donovan (XOJET)—you deserved this promotion long ago!
These ladies have strived for 15 to 20 years to advance as pilots while also pulling many other ladies up with them. Each one is a tremendous role model as pilot and leader in aviation.
Captain Aileen Watkins and her awesome Check Airman, Julie Morris in the Boeing747 simulator!
Woman Captain in Columbia
YOUNGEST CAPTAIN AT COLUMBIAN AIRLINE
SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN AVIATION: THE EFFECT OF MENTORING