Saturday 13 October was Girls in Aviation Day, an international awareness day led by Women in Aviation International (WAI). The day is celebrated by WAI's global network, which set out a day of activities for young girls across the world, including in the UK. These activities encourage girls to consider interests in aviation, who would otherwise not have, as well as allow girls, already interested in aviation, to explore and pursue their interests in this field.
Continuing the CAA's commitment to supporting women in aviation we are extremely proud to recognise this day by sharing stories from our own colleagues.
Emma Cuddy - Airworthiness Surveyor
From the age of 14 I knew that I wanted to go into the aviation industry, although at that age, all I knew was that I wanted to be an avionic licenced Engineer. I loved electrics at school and was fascinated with aeroplanes hence why not combine the two.
I feel truly blessed and lucky to be where I am and thankful for the opportunities but it has come with a lot of hard work and determination.
I believe the future of aviation will hold incredible opportunities for women and I encourage girls to consider a career in this space. When I talk to my daughter, I encourage her to achieve her dream in the same way that my parents did for me. Anything is possible, if you want it badly enough.
Maria Rueda - International Operations Director and Development Director, CAA International
I have always been interested in aviation. As a child I was mesmerised by aircraft and anything to do with flying, so it's always been a passion that I have pursued.
At the moment there is very little representation of women and I'd encourage girls to study and get interested in aviation. It is really exciting, it is international and you have a very clear purpose, which is to protect people who fly and to improve connectivity which will translate in economic and social benefits for all.
Stephanie Shaw - Head of Safety Performance and Risk
I've been in the aviation industry for approximately 28 years and started my journey in air traffic control for the Royal Air Force. When I started on my journey there were very few opportunities but it didn't stop me. The opportunities now for girls throughout the world are increasing all the time. Women are at the heart of everything that we do and so they should be.
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Dame Deirdre Hutton, CAA Chair