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DOT Secretary Chao Appoints Gilbert to Women in Aviation Advisory Board

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has appointed NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert to the newly-formed Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB), an announcement that Gilbert described as “an amazing opportunity for NATCA.” 

The WIAAB was established on Oct. 3, 2019, under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The purpose of the WIAAB is to develop strategies and recommendations that would encourage women and girls to enter the field of aviation. The objective is to promote organizations and programs that are providing education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women for positions in the aviation industry. The strategies and recommendations will then be provided to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Steve Dickson.

“I thank Secretary Chao for this tremendous honor and I look forward to working with the other dedicated members of the board in carrying out its important mission,” said Gilbert, whose aviation career includes 21 years as an active air traffic controller at Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center and the past 11 years as NATCA EVP. “As an air traffic controller and representative of 20,000 aviation safety professionals I am proud and honored to serve on the WIAAB. We must create new paths – and strengthen existing ones – for students and aviators to pursue careers in aviation, particularly women, who are underrepresented in the highest paid professions of our industry.”

Added Gilbert: “The underrepresentation of women in STEM professions is not unique to aviation. The WIAAB gives us another opportunity to change that.”

NATCA’s press release | DOT’s press release | Full list of WIAAB members