Female pilots are increasingly common, and there are 15,971 female student pilots in the US. The Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide has a program to help women become pilots.
Eva Claire, 32, is a Dutch pilot currently flying the Boeing 747 in Hong Kong. In addition to being a positive role model for the younger generation, she also wants to show them that they can make their dreams come true and be a positive role model for others as well.
The Swedish Flight Mafia: @MariathePilot, @PilotMaria and @FlyMalin
The Swedish Flight Mafia is a trio of pilots with 1 million-plus followers who fly all manner of aircraft and answer follower questions about aviation.
Malin, a girl from Sweden, expressed her wish to become a pilot, but her family and friends didn’t provide any support. Now that Malin is in flight school studying for her ATPL exams, she is very content with the fact that she can now fulfill her dream.
Maria Fagerström loves to fly fighter jets, skydive and ski on glaciers, but when she goes home she likes to find some calm space.
Helen van Dam flies the Boeing 737 as a first officer with Norwegian. She joined Instagram when she moved away from home and likes flying to German destinations because of the quick flying time.
Mindy Lindheim is a sales director for Cessna and Beechcraft and a commercial pilot. She came to selling aircraft by chance and loves the challenge of a sales job plus the flying aspect of conducting demo flights, moving airplanes, exhibiting them at shows.
Shannon Pereira flies the E190 for JetBlue and has racked up more than 8,000 flying hours. Her feed features her travels throughout the Caribbean, plenty of aviation, dancing and lots of pups, too.