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Why So Few Minorities In Aviation?  
User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

I've never met a pilot that was of another race. I've met an ATC that was hispanic but other than that... I think it would be nice to see a more eclectic group of people in aviation. What are your guesses as to the reason?


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User currently offlinekcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3830 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

My guess is that there are few minorities because they are......you guessed it, the minority. I'm sure we'll see more latin american pilots in the US as time progresses. I'd guess the mix of workers in aviation is very similar to the cultural mix of the country.

User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1089 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6000 times:
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Lots of them at my airline, and my last airline. Easily in proportion to the general population.


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User currently offlinem11stephen From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5974 times:

At my airline about half the flight crew members and flight attendants I see are African American. Also, there are a significant amount of individuals belonging to other races.  


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17068 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter):
I've never met a pilot that was of another race. I've met an ATC that was hispanic but other than that... I think it would be nice to see a more eclectic group of people in aviation. What are your guesses as to the reason?

Well, here in Asia we have plenty of Asian pilots.  



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User currently offlinemurchmo From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

I think it really depends on where you live. Lived in SoCal for the last 10 years and there is plenty diversity in all aviation realated fields.


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User currently offlinesshd From Spain, joined May 2011, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

Here in Spain we have lot of people from South America. I havent seen yet any pilot or flight attendant from there in any of our national airlines.
However, you rarely will see them working at banks or hospitals either. I am sure that we will in 10 years.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

Well, here in SoCal, I've found aviation to be pretty diverse- I see minorities often.


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 5707 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter):
I've never met a pilot that was of another race. I've met an ATC that was hispanic but other than that... I think it would be nice to see a more eclectic group of people in aviation. What are your guesses as to the reason?


My guess is that the reason "you" don't see many minority pilots is "you"! Travel and you will find pilots (and cabin crews) of every nationality.


User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 5685 times:

I work in the bizjet sector and have to say I agree with the OP. In corporate aviation flight crews of a minority are a rare sight.

Perhaps 10% women, if that. I meet the occasional Hispanic pilot, I live in California, but it's very uncommon to see an Asian or African American.

Why should business aviation be any different than airline aviation?

BTW, Wall Street Journal reporting 48.6% of newborns in the US are of minority race. Soon to be the majority.


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 8):
My guess is that the reason "you" don't see many minority pilots is "you"! Travel and you will find pilots (and cabin crews) of every nationality.

I never said I wouldn't find any or that there were none. I said there were few. And I'm sure I will find few compared with the majority in aviation worldwide. Not that any of this is bad.



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User currently offlinebond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 5581 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 8):

My guess is that the reason "you" don't see many minority pilots is "you"! Travel and you will find pilots (and cabin crews) of every nationality.

In the US, the number of Afro-American pilots is an extrememly small percentage - something less than 1%!

I would expect it to be low, but not that low. It's no doubt associated with percentages that are college educated, but even that is a much higher percentage (20-40%?).

Women I assume is much higher. I've already seen 2 female pilots sitting here at TPA in the last 30 minutes.




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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3668 times:

Could it be based on the Financial/educational strengths of certain persons from certain communities.


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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3587 times:

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User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

In college I had a roommate who was black (This gentleman is still a very good friend of mine), and he is currently a captain for SkyWest. I have seen a few black pilots out there, but they aren't very common. Black Flight Attendants are a lot more common, especially at the regional level.

The thing is, Flight Training is expensive, and as much as I hate to say it, minorities generally struggle enough to make ends meet, let alone afford flight training. But there are some out there, and they are great people to have in aviation as well.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25652 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 8):
Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter):
I've never met a pilot that was of another race. I've met an ATC that was hispanic but other than that... I think it would be nice to see a more eclectic group of people in aviation. What are your guesses as to the reason?


My guess is that the reason "you" don't see many minority pilots is "you"! Travel and you will find pilots (and cabin crews) of every nationality.

EK has cabin crew from over 100 countries and pilots from quite a few.

I remember in the earlier days of CX they heavily advertised that they had cabin crew from every Asian country they served.


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