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ISA+21 was founded in 1978 when twenty-one women airline pilots
came together for their first conference.

Our purpose is to provide camaraderie and support for women airline pilots.

Join us and be a part of our mentoring and philanthropy!

We raise scholarship money and have donated over $1 MILLION
for women aspiring to be airline pilots. We just gave away over $60,000 in 2017!

Our conferences are so much fun! Join us In Toronto, Canada May 9-11, 2017.
More information for members (after login) is provided under "Conferences" in the main menu above.
The auction at our conference is our primary fund raiser, but we accept donations all year.
We are also a part of Amazon Smile, where you can designate us as your charity of choice.

WW2 Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis from Isle of Wight turns 100

Mary Ellis

Mary Ellis, one of the last surviving pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), was honoured at a surprise party at Sandown Airport, Isle of Wight.  About 60 guests gathered at the airfield, which she ran for 20 years.  The ATA ferried aircraft and pilots throughout the war until the service disbanded in November 1945.

Read More: WW2 Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis turns 100

Women in Aviation Conference

What a great time we had in Orlando!

We chose our scholarship winners from a cadre of extremely qualified applicants and awarded $60,000 in scholarships. 
Details to follow!

We signed up over thirty new members, bringing us to 450 strong!
There are more pictures on our private Facebook page.

Disney Coronado Springs Resort

Lots of fun at Women in Aviation!

ISA+21 member Miyukiko Kostelny wins the American Airlines 737 Type Rating!


Lots of fun at Women in Aviation!

Women Pilots Make Strides Internationally

All Woman Crews on Egypt Air

Egypt Air

Why a woman pilot is still a rare bird in the sky?

This article features three of our ISA members: Deborah Lawrie, Mary Shipko, and Kathryn McCullough.

“Juggling family with my career was challenging but doable. My husband and his aunt cared for our two children while I was gone. I would be gone ten days, then off for three weeks. The kids loved their Aunt Junie, and their dad’s pizza, mac n’ cheese, so it worked for us,” Kathryn McCullough, former Northwest/Delta pilot remembers.

Click here to read the full article

American Airlines Announces Paid Maternity Leave

If you run across an American Airlines employee with an extra spring to his or her step, it might be because of the carrier's new maternity policy. Effective March 1, 2017, many AA employees will receive “up to 10 weeks of fully paid time off to recover from pregnancy and delivery” and/or “up to $4,000 in financial support and positive space travel related to adoptions.” This covers both union and nonunion employees.

Delta Air Lines followed suit, announcing six weeks of paid time off after birth, but not for women pilots, who are union employees.

An article in August of last year highlighted the issues in the cockpit of being a new mom.

There is a movement afoot to improve working conditions for pilot moms, and there was a panel discussion at Women in Aviation about:

Shattering the Glass Cockpit: Creating Positive Change for Women Pilots in Today’s Global Airlines

Panel participants pictured below:
Captain Kathy McCullough (Retired, NW Airlines), Captain Lynn Tatum (United), First Officer Maggie Linn (American),Captain Jolanda Witvliet (United),
First Officer Crystal Barrois (Delta), First Officer Jenny Winter (Delta), Captain Alison Britton (Skywest), Captain Christina Halli (Delta).

Airline panel WAI 2017

We can use all the help we can get! Please join us!


Thirty-eight planes were diverted into Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001. This wonderful musical highlights ISA founder, Beverley Bass.
Come From Away dates
"COME FROM AWAY" previews began on February 18, 2017 in New York City at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre! Rave reviews... we are beyond excited that this play is based on one of our founding members!

Beverley Bass gives Jenn Colella, the actress who plays her in "Come From Away," her ISA+21 pin.



PLEASE join me in congratulating three women pilots who have recently upgraded to Captain! Congratulations, Captain Deborah Hecker (American Airlines), who is also a chief pilot! Congratulations, Captain Aileen Marie (Atlas Air), who has achieved her lifelong dream of left seat on the mighty 747! Congratulations, Captain Betsy Jordan Donovan (XOJET)—you deserved this promotion long ago!

These ladies have strived for 15 to 20 years to advance as pilots while also pulling many other ladies up with them. Each one is a tremendous role model as pilot and leader in aviation.

Aileen Watkins and Julie Morris

Captain Aileen Watkins and her awesome Check Airman, Julie Morris in the Boeing747 simulator!

Woman Captain in Columbia





Women in the cockpit

UPS 747 pilots, Captain Shannon Jipsen and First Officer Michelle Booth.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures 2
Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

Flying Downunder

Deb Lawrie in uniform

Tammy Blakey and crew
ISA member Captain Tammy Blakey, First Officer Colleen Andersen, and Susan Shaw IRO flying from Los Angeles, California to Melbourne, Australia on a United B787.


We all know better than to fly tired. But long haul flights and red eye flying are realities. Until airlines get better at managing schedules and realize the importance of solving this issue, pilots will continue to monitor their own performance and find methods that work for them to manage fatigue. This isn't just a problem in the United States, but internationally as well. Hopefully our unions will step up to the plate and help us solve the problems inherent with flying fatigued.





We would love to have you join ISA+21. Check out the qualifications under the membership tab!

 Lucy Young and her twin sister, Mary, on the right. at the Lincoln Center on September 6, 2016.
Lucy was the copilot in the simulator scene near the end of the movie.
Lori Cline was the captain in the other simulator scene.
Lori Cline

Delta Settles With Flight Attendant Who Says She Had Nowhere to Pump Breast Milk
Annalyn Kurtz
Apr 13, 2017

For new moms, pumping breast milk at work gets tricky no matter what the job.

But for airline crew members like flight attendants and pilots, it’s an even more complicated task.

Read More:


"Come From Away" on Broadway! (continued)

Bev in uniform for website
Beverley, now retired, poses with her uniform jacket (pictured above) in Ford's Theatre lobby in Washington DC.
Beverley was American's first captain, but Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo (pictured below) was American Airline's first woman pilot.

Bonnie Tiburzi

Both Bonnie and Beverley are ISA members. Join us!
New lapel pin
Check out our new ISA pin!
We saw the play in Seattle and loved it.

ISA members in Seattle, November 2015.
ISA women in DCA for the play
We met in Washington D.C. at the famous Ford's Theatre on September 20, 2016!
The theater holds 661, and there were almost 100 of us, including our guests.
Beverley Bass, pictured below (center) at a talkback with the writers in Seattle.

Now we can't wait to go see the play on Broadway. We plan to go in September 2017 at our board meeting.
Don't miss it!




Eighty years ago, Jean Batten broke a world record with the first solo flight from England to New Zealand. It took 11 days to make the record-breaking trip.


This week (10/21/2016), Air New Zealand celebrated the heroic solo journey taken by New Zealand's greatest aviator with an all-female flight crew flying from London to Auckland.

Air New Zealand women pilots



Ladybirds—The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America

Check out the books for sale by our members, listed in the main menu!
Lady bird pilots
ISA+21 members featured in the book: Cindy Mandel, Lucy Young, Nell Justice, Carole Litten,
Camela (Cammie) McHenry, Terry Rinehart, and Connie Tobias.
Co-written by ISA member Lori Griffith Cline, not pictured above, but below!
Lori in front of the movie poster

Quotes from Chairwoman Liz Jennings Clark in Travel Boom article:


Our first convention/conference was in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978.
2015 -  Berlin, Germany
2016 - Newport Beach, CA
2017 - Toronto, Canada
May 9-11
After Conference Side Trip:
May 12 - 14
Always fun!
Conference Group Photos
We raise money for our scholarships
at our conferences through member
participation in a silent auction
(member funded) and donations.
Last year we gave away two B737NG Type,
1 A320NG Type and a
Multi-engine Instructor rating!
Many of our winners have been hired
by major carriers and that is our goal:
more women airline pilots!


Unmanned Flight

More and more flights lately seem to be all women crews. Way to go ladies!
Brenda framed
Southwest Captain and ISA+21 member Brenda Robinette.



Thirty-eight years ago, twenty-one women airline pilots started ISA+21.
With members from regional and major airlines, we are over 400 strong!
Claudia Simpson Jones, Denise Blankinship, Jean Harper, Maggie Rose Stryker, Beverley Bass,
Gail Gorski, Mary Bush Shipko, Karen Kahn, Sharon Hilgers Krask, Terry London Rinehart,
Angela Masson, Lennie Sorenson, Stephanie Wallach, Norah O'Neill, Sandra Donnelly, Holly Fulton, Jane Bonny, Lynn Rhoades.

Missing from photo: Emily Warner, Val Cottle Walker, Julie Clark
Why ISA+21
ISA is an acronym for International Standard Atmosphere. The appendage of +21, acknowledges the original 21 members.
(Used in aviation, ISA+21 would mean that the atmosphere was 21 degrees above standard.)
We are non-profit organization that raises scholarship money to inspire future generations of women aviators via educational outreach. To date we have donated cash and type rating valued at over One Million Dollars. Our conferences and gatherings celebrate camaraderie and provide support in the aviation industry.



Click Scholarship for information and the application.

Contact Scholarship Chair if you have any questions
ISA+21 = largest donor in the world of advanced flight scholarships for women



Chairwoman: Liz Jennings Clark
Vice Chairwoman: Tara Traynor Cook
Secretary: Eva Brock
Treasurer: Diane Helly
Membership: Glenys (Gar) Robison
Scholarship: Karen Guadagni
Education & Outreach: Kimberly Osborn
Events: Linda Wright
Communications: Kathy McCullough

It is contrary to ISA policy to provide media commentary on accidents, incidents, politicians or
political positions. No member may present an opinion to the media representing ISA without authorization
from the Board of Directors.
Regarding requests for commentary on accidents or incidents in the aviation
community, the following language may be used:
“Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of those involved in this terrible tragedy. Although I am an airline pilot, I'm not an accident investigator. It would be irresponsible for any of us to speculate on what has occurred. The NTSB will be investigating and providing updates on the progress of the