+VIDEO L3 Commercial Aviation is to part-sponsor ten female cadet pilots through their Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training.
L3 Pilot Pathways Female Scholarship will award ten successful female candidates £25,000 (€29,000) towards the cost of their training in 2019.
“We are passionate about encouraging more diversity onto the flightdeck,” said Robin Glover-Faure, President of Commercial Training Solutions, part of L3 Commercial Aviation.
“It’s a significant issue for the industry and addressing it is crucial not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it will attract a broader range of talent, help to address the pilot shortage and deliver a future generation of well-rounded pilots.”
Geoff van Klaveren, Vice President of L3 Airline Academy, added, “Becoming a pilot requires a lot of dedication, perseverance and high-quality training, and there are no skills or aspects of the job that favour either gender.
“Yet, the number of female pilots remains stubbornly low, with estimates suggesting that women represent less than six percent of commercial airline pilots worldwide. We believe in improving accessibility so that those with the potential, whatever their background, have the opportunity to fly.”
The scholarship is part of the L3 Pilot Pathways programme, which is a broader commitment to improving the accessibility of training to aspiring pilots from all backgrounds. Additional scholarships and initiatives from the L3 Pilot Pathways will be unveiled in 2019.
The L3 Pilot Pathways Female Scholarship is open to women from the UK and Europe, with the first three scholarships to be awarded in the first quarter of 2019. The remaining scholarships will be awarded throughout the rest of the year.
The candidates will be evaluated on their performance during the selection process for the ATPL training programme and three short questions on why they deserve the scholarship. There will be no additional eligibility criteria to apply.