White men have ruled the sky as airline pilots, but that’s finally changing

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'When you hear “this is your captain speaking” on an airline flight in the United States, more than 90% of the time, the speaker is a white male. Just 3.4% of U.S. airline pilots are Black, 2.2% are of Asian descent, and a paltry 0.5% are Hispanic or Latino. Women make up just 4.6%.

As the U.S. population trends to greater racial and ethnic diversity, airline pilots look less like their passengers. This imbalance began after World War II when the airlines feasted on the glut of 200,000 military-trained pilots who returned to civilian life.
Two years ago, Chicago-based United Airlines decided to make piloting careers more accessible by opening their own flight training academy, United Aviate, with the goal to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030 and an additional goal that half those pilots be women or people of color.

So far, the programs seem promising. Unite Aviate’s first class, which graduated recently, included 80% women or minorities, representative of the younger workforce. These and other airline academy graduates are now working as certified flight instructors and commercial pilots to build the time needed to earn their airline transport pilot certificates, which will allow them to enter a regional airliner or another partner pipeline on their way to an eventual career with a major airline.'

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