What is the future for gender diversity in the pilot trainer role? Myth or reality?

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– Update –  

Unfortunately this event has been Postponed! Please do keep an eye on our events calendar for updates to this event and similar events in the future! 


You are invited to an on-line presentation by Professor Susan Durbin, Stella Warren (University of the West of England) and Captain Marnie Munns (ATS Human Factors Limited/Co-head, Diversity and Inclusion, Flight Crew Training Group, Royal Aeronautical Society)

The presentation will take place on Monday 24th January, 2022, from 2-4pm.


Training is the first point of contact for new entrants into the aviation industry and given its gender profile, conveys a message that mainly men are responsible for training and that it is a career path only accessible to a few.  A study was undertaken and led by Professor Susan Durbin and Stella Warren at the University of the West of England, in collaboration with Captain Marnie Munns and Carey Edwards, of the Flight Crew Training Group, Royal Aeronautical Society. The study analysed the careers of male and female student/newly-qualified pilots, commercial pilots and pilot trainers to understand the barriers and for some, the enablers to entering this prestigious training role. This is an area of great importance if the industry is to be become more gender balanced at every stage of the business.


This presentation reveals the key reasons why the pilot trainer role is so male dominated. Importantly we have made recommendations for a framework for managing diversity and inclusion in recruitment, selection and training and have called for urgent actions to be taken by the industry to ensure that everyone who succeeds in becoming a professional pilot has access to the opportunities the career has to offer.


We hope you can join us for this event. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussions, alongside the formal presentations. The full report, based upon the study, will be released after the event.



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