The Aviation Race

Aviation Race

Aviation is a very leveling profession.

I want to quote a friend recently:
“There is no Race here except the Aviator Race”

I started out as a minority in the industry, and sometimes felt like I had to work much harder to prove myself, to ensure no one could point a finger, which they liked doing to the other minorities for anything at all that could be made to stick.

And well, when you worked hard enough to ensure you didn’t put a foot wrong, normally no one did. I don’t know if others had the same experience, and it wasn’t so much what I had to put up with but what I overheard in the bar. Black pilots can’t fly. So an so is only getting a promotion because she is sleeping with the Chief Pilot…etc etc. It was pretty bad. It also tended to put a chip on my shoulder which lasted until I felt I really had proven myself, after a successful career as a freelance charter pilot, flight instructor and examiner, and then joining the airline as a captain, training captain on domestic, and finally getting my first wide body rating. I finally then felt I had actually proved that I could fly.

I think it has changed considerably in most cultures now, but I do feel there is still prejudice out there, in a still predominantly white male orientated industry.

So I just want to say, whatever cultural background you have, despite the few idiots out there that aren’t worth wiping your feet on, most people will judge you by how well you fly the aeroplane – and if you do this to the best of you’re ability and achieve the required standards, you will find quickly prejudices are overlooked and you are not considered Black, Female, Hindu, Chinese, or Russian but you are considered a pilot (and Ditto for other aviation careers).

So I just want to say, whatever cultural background you have, despite the few idiots out there that aren’t worth wiping your feet on, most people will judge you by how well you fly the aeroplane – and if you do this to the best of your ability and achieve the required standards, you will find quickly prejudices are overlooked and you are not considered Black, Female, Hindu, Chinese, or Russian but you are considered a pilot (and Ditto for other aviation careers).

So let us move on, stop from this race card pulling and get the job done.

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