PIA President Appointed to WIAABkbaker
PIA’s President and CEO, Suzanne Markle, has been appointed as a member of a newly-formed advisory board tasked with encouraging women’s involvement in the aviation industry.
The Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB) was established in October of 2019. WIAAB board members represent a wide-range of aviation organizations, including major airlines, non-profits, airports, and institutions of higher education. The group will assess education, training, mentorship opportunities, outreach, and recruitment of women into the aviation industry. According to the Aviation Technician Education Council’s Annual Pipeline Report, females make up 2.52% of the certified mechanics in the FAA airmen database, a number that has been slowly increasing over several years.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics on the Women in Aviation Advisory Board,” says Markle. “The Aviation industry represents one of the world’s largest infrastructures and provides some of the most rewarding and lucrative careers available. Therefore, no group should be underrepresented. I believe there is much we can do to encourage women to explore these opportunities and to identify and remove barriers to their success. I look forward to working with the accomplished membership on this board, and I hope to make some meaningful contributions to its mission.”