India has the highest proportion of female pilots in the world

About 10,000 pilots are working for different domestic airlines in India, including 67 foreign nationals.
The latest statistics on pilot strength in India have been shared by India’s airline regulatory body. According to the most recent data, women account for 15% of all pilots in the country. This is three times the global average of 5%, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). For women, SC, and ST communities, there isn’t a specific program to promote pilot training, though.

A total of 244 pilots will be hired in 2021, according to data from various Indian scheduled airlines. Furthermore, estimates indicate that India may require 1,000 pilots per year over the next five years.

The data also revealed that there are roughly 10,000 pilots in India, including 67 foreign nationals who work for different domestic airlines, the DGCA added.

Gender equality in the airline industry by 2021 was also announced by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots last year. The report noted that India, with a gender equality score of 12.4% (in 2021), came out on top, followed by Ireland (9.9%), South Africa (9.8%), Australia (7.5%), Canada (7%), Germany (6.9%), the United States (5.5%), the United Kingdom (4.7%), New Zealand (4.5%), Scandinavia (3.8%), Qatar (2.4%), Japan (1.3%), and Singapore (1%), in that order.

In 1989, Nivedita Bhasin became the youngest captain of a commercial airline in the world. In the 1990s, the Indian Air Force started to hire women as pilots to transport planes and helicopters.

A study called Gender Differences in General Aviation Crashes, which examined airplane and helicopter crash data from 1983 to 1997 discovered that male pilots had higher crash rates than female pilots. Women in Combat Arms: A Study of the Global War on Terror, another study, compared male and female pilot accident rates from 2002 to 2013. The study also found that women operate aircraft “more safely,” accounting for only 3% of accidents despite accounting for 10% of all US army helicopter pilots.

To retain female talent, several Indian airlines have developed policies.

IndiGo allows pregnant female pilots and crew to continue working safely, with the exception of flying duties. In addition to providing the legally required 26 weeks of paid maternity leave, it also provides daycare facilities. Until their child turns five, female pilots can choose a flexible agreement that includes two weeks of leave per month.

Pregnant pilots and cabin crew members at Vistara have the choice of temporary ground jobs or office jobs until they are cleared to fly.

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