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Going Direct: Why We Need Diversity In Aviation

With so much talk of diversity and inclusion, where does aviation stand?

Bessie Coleman in 1923
Bessie Coleman in 1923

We got a note a few days back from a reader who asked a great question, which was, to paraphrase: “What is Plane & Pilot doing to help aviation be more diverse and inclusive?”

It’s a great question because even though our small staff at Plane & Pilot is diverse, the same is not true for aviation as a whole. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than three percent of U.S. commercial pilots are black. Around seven percent are women, and fewer than one percent are black women. There are, according to a story on the subject on, only around 150 black women pilots in the United States.

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