Pauline Preston: Training Captain

Role: Airbus TRI (Type Rating Instructor) and Line Training/Check Captain involved with the training of new recruits, cadet pilots and recurrent training for existing pilots.

What is the secret of your success?
Hard work and perseverance.

Who are your inspirations?
My father inspired me to fly. Virgin inspired me to believe I had a future career in aviation and women such as Karen Brady and Sheryl Sandberg have inspired me to push my way up.

How do you think women’s equality has evolved and what needs to happen next?
There have been many positive changes in the workplace in general for women. Thankfully in aviation there has always been equal pay. Good CRM (Crew Resource Management) and a professional atmosphere on the flight deck should enable women to achieve their potential. With more women achieving the role as captain, there are more role models for first officers and for those considering a career in aviation. However, with women representing only 4% of the pilot workforce, there is some way to go.

It’s still a great career choice and with several recruiting campaigns out there specifically aimed at women, there has never been a better time to start.

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