CHARLOTTE, N.C. – According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 7% of pilots are women and less than 1% of all certified pilots are Black women. A new group is working to change those statistics.


What You Need To Know

  • According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 7% of pilots are women and less than 1% of all certified pilots are Black women

  • Sisters of the Skies is a new organization working to increase diversity in the aviation field, particularly among Black women

  • Lauren Williams, a member of Sisters of the Skies, said this program helps expose young women to the field of aviation and also provides mentor and scholarship opportunities

Sisters of the Skies is a new organization working to increase diversity in the aviation field, particularly among Black women.

Lauren Williams, a Charlotte based pilot, is a member of Sisters of the Skies. She works as a captain for Lowe’s Corporate and flies executives and VIPs around the country for business.

Williams said when she started her aviation journey, she knew she was in a select group of women. According to the FAA, around 150-200 Black women are certified pilots.

“I knew our numbers were low, but I didn’t think they were that low,” she said. “It was more of a shock.”

Sisters of the Skies was created in 2020 to increase the number of Black women in commercial and private airlines. The group hosts events to help generate interest at an early age.

“Exposure is definitely the key to getting more people involved in wanting to explore careers in aviation for their children,” Williams said.

In a male-dominated industry, Williams knows it can be intimidating as the only female in flight school or in the cockpit.

“We’re trying to change the narrative and say this, ‘No, this is something you can do,'” she said.

Sisters of the Skies hosts events around the country and offers mentor and scholarship programs. For more details on the mentor programs, click here.