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These organizations are known for their commitment to furthering diversity in the aviation industry by providing mentorship, career information, and scholarships to members.

Professional Organizations

Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)AWAM, established in 1997, provides education, scholarships, and networking tools for the aviation maintenance community. Benefits include a jobs board, peer-to-peer forums, interest groups and searchable membership directory.

Empowering Latina Leader Aviators Subcommittee (ELLAS)*: At ELLAS, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to support Latina Pilots to succeed in the aviation industry. We’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and building confidence and guidance to those who need it during flight training. Just imagine what changes and improvements we can achieve together!

Female Aviators Sticking Together (FAST): FAST., an international network of female pilots at every stage from young girls to retiring pilots, provides scholarships by partnering with some of the world’s leading airlines, such as United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA): Founded in 1988, IAWA is an international organization for women who hold positions of impact in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Ladies in Flight Training (LIFT): LIFT is primarily a private Facebook group of over 5,000 women pilots and student pilots providing education, promotion, mentorship and empowerment.

Latino Pilots Association (LPA)*: LPA is a nationwide non-profit, volunteer network of pilot mentors looking to give back to the Latino community, but not limited to any one demographic.  

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA)*: The NGPA, formed in 1990, is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aviation professionals and enthusiasts from around the world.

National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE): The members of the NBCFAE promote equal opportunities for African Americans, other minorities and female FAA employees.

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)*: Founded in 1976, OBAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.
Professional Asian Pilots Association (PAPA)
: PAPA is dedicated to bringing awareness and support to all members of the Asian community in all fields of aviation.

Professional Women Controllers (PWC): PWC encourages women to enter the air traffic controller profession; achieve a balanced workforce that reflects the demographics; and be a resource that provides support, training, encouragement, and camaraderie.

Sisters of the Skies (SOS): SOS, comprised of professional black women pilots who represent less than one-half of 1% of the total professional pilot career field, aims to drastically increase the number of black women pilots (currently less than 150 in the United States holding Airline Transport Pilot, Commercial, Military, and or Certified Flight Instructor Licenses).

Women in Aviation International (WAI)*: WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA): WCA's mission is to be the premier association for both women and men alike in corporate and business aviation.

99s International Organization of Women Pilots: This group promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support.

*Organizations with student chapters on campus.