Women In Aviation
When CEO and Chief Pilot Heather Howley founded Independent Helicopters, just 6% of pilots were women. There are still very few women in aviation today, and even fewer flying helicopters. We’re proud to support the next generation of women pilots through our own certified Woman-Owned Business and memberships in several organizations dedicated to helping women achieve their dreams of flying. Organizations like Whirly-Girls and Women in Aviation International provide scholarships that can be used to offset the cost of flight training.
Whirly-Girls International is an educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. Founded in 1955, Whirly-Girls has been supporting women helicopter pilots through scholarships, networking, and mentorship for over 65 years. Visit their website to view available scholarships and qualifications, and learn how to apply!
Women in Aviation International
Women in Aviation International (WAI) is dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests, with diverse membership including astronauts, corporate, airline and private pilots, maintenance technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers, aviation business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers, and many others. WAI members benefit from access to exclusive scholarships to help them advance their careers in aviation. View available scholarships, membership information, and application requirements on their website.
The Ninety-Nines has been inspiring women pilots since 1929! The name “Ninety-Nines” was selected to honor the group’s 99 charter members, which included its first president, Amelia Earhart. According to their website, virtually all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines. The Ninety-Nines awards several scholarships each year—visit their website for more information, requirements, and application instructions!