Pawan Hans encourages female aviators by organising the “Girls in Aviation India” event

The team at Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) recently organised an event with the theme “Girls in Aviation India” featuring Captain Ashima Mendiratta, India’s youngest female multi-engine helicopter pilot.

Women have played a significant part in society’s advancement since the dawn of time. They are breaking the glass ceiling by contributing significantly today in the Indian aviation industry as well.

The purpose of the event was to close the gender gap in the workforce by encouraging more women to work in aviation. It also placed a strong emphasis on fostering a visionary goal that would see the proportion of women in aviation rise from 15% to 50% shortly.

The event’s keynote speaker, Captain Ashima Mendiratta, emphasised the value of women in aviation, emphasised the changing role of women, and urged female students to pursue careers in the aviation sector and its related fields.

The event was held at the Government Senior Sec. School in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh on September 9, 2022, and was sponsored by Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) and Women in Aviation (an NGO whose mission is to inspire women to pursue challenging and rewarding careers in aviation).

For advancing and assisting women in a variety of aviation-related verticals, Pawan Hans is the industry pioneer. The largest helicopter operator in India has the highest proportion of female employees in the Indian helicopter industry, with 4 helicopter pilots, 3 aircraft maintenance engineers, and 12 technicians.

Pawan Hans encourages female aviators by organising the “Girls in Aviation India” event

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While airlines operated flights with the all-women crew to celebrate Women’s Day, Pawan Hans Ltd (PHL), the public sector company that operates helicopters had its quiet moment in history when its pilot Capt Mayuri Deshmukh became India’s first female offshore Pilot-in-Command.

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Recently, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that 15% of total pilot strength in the country is women, while other countries have only 5% strength. With this, India tops the list of most female commercial pilots in the world.

According to Government data dated December 6, 2021, out of 17,726 registered pilots in India, 2,764 pilots are women.

The team at Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) recently organised an event with the theme “Girls in Aviation India” featuring Captain Ashima Mendiratta, India’s youngest female multi-engine helicopter pilot.

Further as per the International Society of Women Airline Pilots 2020, in terms of gender equality in the flight deck, India (12.4%) is far ahead of countries like Ireland (9.9%), South Africa (9.8%), Canada & Germany (6.9%), Australia (5.8%), USA (5.4%), UK (4.7%) among others.

As per the same survey, smaller regional airlines are the biggest employer of female pilots with a 13.9% gender ratio, while cargo airlines have the least ratio at 8.5% in India.

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To boost pilot training in the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and its associated organizations have taken a series of initiatives. Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), India’s sole aviation university, works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

As per the same survey, smaller regional airlines are the biggest employer of female pilots with a 13.9% gender ratio, while cargo airlines have the least ratio at 8.5% in India.

It was established in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in 2013 under the RGNAU Act. Ranked among the top 200 universities of the world, it has been helping in creating excellence in the field of aviation.

To promote the training of pilots, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently issued award letters for nine new Flying Training Organizations (FTO) at five airports (Belagavi, Jalgaon, Kalaburagi, Khajuraho, and Lilabari).

With rationalized land charges and other improvements, the digitization of approval processes at the regulator DGCA brings greater empowerment to flying instructors.

Importantly, these initiatives have benefitted all aspiring pilots, including women pilots, due to the increase in the number of hours flown at FTOs and the number of commercial pilot licenses given each year.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, industry, and leading women aviation professionals, the Women in Aviation International (WAI) – India Chapter organizes several awareness programs across the country, with a special focus on young school girls, particularly from low-income families.

Recently, Northeast got its first remote pilot training school in Guwahati, as part of the central government’s quest to make India a hub for drone technology.

Under the flagship Udaan Yojana, the democratization of the aviation sector took place and 1,93,000 flights were started based on viability gap funding in the last 5 years where the government will also bear the cost of the tickets.

(With Inputs from News OnAIR)

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