When was the last time that you heard “this is your captain speaking” from a female voice? The reason you’re racking your brains is because there really aren’t that many female pilots. Estimates from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA) say there are about 4,000 women pilots worldwide, of about 130,000, that’s just over three per cent.
However, in the past ten years since 2000, the number of women pilots in the U.S. has risen by nearly 19%. And the number of women who have achieved the highest certification, Airline Transport Pilot, has increased 35%, according to Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) statistics. An airplane captain's first responsibility is the safety of the aircraft, passengers, crew and cargo. Secondly, the captain makes a flight plan that covers fuel supply, aircraft weight, weather, route and alternate destination. Prior to taking off, the captain checks that the plane is working properly, briefs crew members, verifies take off procedures, and receives take off permission from air traffic control. In flight, the captain, with the assistance of the co-pilot，performs most of functions necessary to fly the plan to the destination and completes a report upon landing.
The captain is the highest decision maker on the plane. Assuming the role not only requires skilled driving techniques, but also need determined decision-making power and cautious planning ability. Women captains have a better ability to be delicate and have a more graceful control touch, However, they will need to assume have greater physical training compared to male captains. Among civil aviation pilots, it had been reported that the proportion was 99:1 (male : female). With the increasing demand of Chinese civil aviation cadet foreign market to foreigner pilots, more and more outstanding foreign female captains also joined the ranks of civil aviation.
In the second half of 2015, various media, including China major media newspapers, and CCTV Network Channel, reported the story of Kimberly Brooke Mccraw (Her Chinese name is Jin Beili), who was an American female captain, joined Xiangpeng, Yunnan. After a series of rigorous interview and various tests, Kimberly Brooke Mccraw (48 years old) got the CAAC license and soon began performing tasks for captain Xiangpeng, Yunnan.
2015年下半年，在中国各大媒体报纸，和CCTV网络频道报道了第一位加入云南祥鹏美国籍女机长的Kimberly Brooke Mccraw金贝丽的故事。48岁的美国机长金贝丽在经过了严格的面试和各项测试后，获得CAAC 执照并很快开始为云南祥鹏执行机长任务。视频链接：
When she was 16 years old, she yearned for work in China. For a foreigner, living and working in China will take time to coordinate. For a female captain who needs to assume caption’s responsibility, she needs more strong character and unwavering faith. At work, with her strong individuality, professional flight technology and extensive flight experience, she won the affirmation of the company. In life, she studied Chinese very hard, hoping to communicate with colleagues and friends in Chinese, and to integrate into the local culture. At the same time, she continuously adapted to Chinese diet culture. The sensibility of the woman let her quickly integrate into Chinese culture. For her part, through her efforts, she gained a superior, stable and respected job, and she was very satisfied. She also plans that let her daughters to visit China during the summer vacation to get to understand Chinese culture.
Brookfield introduced lots of pilots to the domestic airlines, among them, there are many excellent female captions, in addition to excellent professional skills, their stable and bold personality has also received great affirmation in the industry.