Published on June 12th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Where are all the female trainers?

Designing and implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy to effect change in the aviation industry

We are contacting you as you are an experienced commercial airline pilot/pilot trainer, working either within the airline industry or independently. We are researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE) and we are working alongside the Flight Crew Specialist Training Group, at the Royal Aeronautical Society, to explore the under-representation of women in the pilot trainer role. The research is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund. As more women are slowly joining the pilot profession, it is becoming increasingly important to understand why less than 1.5% of the senior training community (pilot trainers) are women. Training is the first point of contact for new entrants into the aviation industry and given its gender profile, conveys that this is a male dominated career. Understanding the barriers and for some, the enablers to entering this prestigious role, we will be working towards designing and implementing a roadmap for the professional body (RAeS) and the industry that will help to encourage more women into training roles.

We are interested in the views of both male and female commercial pilots/pilot trainers and invite you to take part in a survey. The survey will explore the commercial pilot career background, including training qualifications, routes into training, future career aspirations (including aspirations to become a pilot trainer) and views on the lack of diversity in the pilot role. It will also explore the experiences of being a pilot trainer, the recruitment process, experience of the role, motivations for becoming a trainer and enablers and barriers into the training role. We are also interested in finding out why some pilots do not consider the pilot trainer role. We will also ask some personal questions, i.e. gender, age, ethnic origin, caring responsibilities, etc. to help us to analyse the findings from the survey further in relation to identifying patterns in relation to these. This data will also be anonymised.

A link to the survey can be found below. This link will also take you to a Participant Information Sheet and Privacy Notice, both of which clearly explaining the study and what will happen to your data if you take part in the survey. If, after reading this information you are happy to take part, you will be asked to indicate your consent to do so, at the beginning of the survey. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions relating to this project, please contact: Stella Warren (

We look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes

Stella Warren

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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