“What inspired me was the possibility to see the world from up there”; The words of Capt. Liney Lozano, a female pilot from Bogota, Colombia.
A young and ambitious Capt. Lozano gazed at the airplanes making their final approach to the airport and pondered her life as the character she always admired at the airport, a pilot. Now she flies the Airbus A320 for Colombia’s national flag carrier, Avianca.
“The fact that you can go to work and have the best office in the whole world, watching many different and beautiful things like sunsets and sunrises every single day is just amazing” stated Capt. Lozano.
Trailing through clouds and observing the breathtaking scenery below is a mutual admiration that all us aviation enthusiasts share.
“I love working one day in the morning and watch the sunrise and next day working in the afternoon and watch the sunset” expressed Capt. Lozano.
When asked about the challenges faced as she pursued a career in aviation, Capt. Lozano didn’t hesitate to acknowledge the countless challenges faced. Moreover, she went on to say; “I can only say I knew it was going to be one of my biggest challenges in life, and I love that because I have proved myself how far I can go, and just when I have felt I have reached my top, there comes some new challenges that make me go further, and I reach higher and become better”.
Of course, the aviation industry is proliferating and as demand for pilots increase, airlines ensure that pilots undergo rigorous training to ensure high quality and safe service.
“Pursue your dream no matter what it is, specially in Aviation it might be one of the biggest challenges you face in your lives but it is completely worth it! So, if it is your dream, just go and get it. Study hard, give your 110% and then enjoy the beautiful things that this career has to offer” addressed Capt. Lozano to all the aviation enthusiasts out there.
by Andrew Abeysekera
It is no secret that men hegemonize the aviation industry. “Step back and let the men deal with it”; a thought that is cliché in the heads of women in modern society. During World War II, the pilots of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) stepped up to the plate with the same ideology. However, flying was not the subject being visualized as the “job for men”. It was the combat.
With more than 1,000 pilots standing by their name, the Women of the WASP body were making history. The women of the WASP took on the task of flying to allow the men to assist in ground combat. The aircrafts the Women were asked to fly were the B-17, B-26 and B-29 bombers. Not equipped with technology you would find on modern military aircrafts, the bombers required a lot of physical strength to control. Weighed down by its hydraulic cables, machine guns and bombs, piloting the Flying Fortress was a challenge to all pilots. However, the bravery and perseverance of the individuals enlisted to the WASP, allowed the United States Airforce to be as strong as it was in World War II.
The World War II era reminisces gender bias. It was a big deal to allow women to pilot aircrafts, in the mentality that was possessed in days of World War II. Such was the case that most of the pilots of the WASP were refused jobs by commercial airlines, regardless of their experience, but in regard to their gender. Furthermore, documents regarding the WASP were sealed and stored in an undisclosed archive. It was in 1977 that the pilots of the WASP were officially considered a part of the US military and given military status.
This epoch was important and stood as a major milestone to the aviation industry. Three decades after the Wright Brothers took flight in North Carolina, the pilots of the WASP took on a task which demonstrated to the world that flying has no gender limitations. Overtime, as every nation sustained the privilege of flight, “boundaries”, which were no more than products of cliché imagination, faded, establishing that flying is for everyone.
by Andrew Abeysekera