An International Women’s Day on March 8 has smoothly transitioned into an entire week devoted to #womeninaviation. The Women of Aviation Week (WOAW) gives us a great opportunity to learn, celebrate and spread the news about women‘s accomplishments in the aviation industry. BAA Training is one of those organizations that value and maintain gender diversity in the workplace. The number of women working within our female-led company reaches almost 50%. In one way or another, our bright and ambitious women contribute to preparing competent pilots for the competitive market. Irina Ramancik, Director of TRTO Department at BAA Training, has agreed to share her story and relation to aviation.
Could you please briefly introduce yourself (your name, age, and where you come from)?
Irina Ramancik, 32, Lithuania.
What and when brought you to aviation?
Joined Emirates Airline back in 2013 with a plan to explore 6 continents of the world until 30 years old. Saving Antarctica for later. 🙂
Working at BAA Training
Your duties include organizing pilot Type rating training while working in the flight simulators training center. What is the most interesting and challenging in your job?
There is never a dull day in aviation. We work with clients and partners from around the world on a daily basis. The market is quite competitive; therefore, our responsibility is to stay up-to-date with the regulations, programs, FFS network, and innovative solutions aligned with the cost-effectiveness analysis. It is demanding yet rewarding at the same time.
You work with pilot training instructors daily, while the vast majority of them are still men. In your opinion, what is needed to be done so that more females start choosing a pilot or pilot-instructor profession.
In my opinion, airlines should launch more campaigns and initiatives that would attract women to join the aviation industry as pilots. It is important to advertise and promote equality, celebrate those in the air, and share their success stories with the public. By having the Women of Aviation Week, we are moving in the right direction with this.
When talking with pilots and instructors, do you notice them believing in a stereotype that a pilot profession is more masculine than feminine?
Indefinite. In my experience, a pilot’s profession does not relate to a particular gender. It is about a complex of personal traits and skills, such as leadership, decisiveness, confidence, tech knowledge, self-discipline, etc.
Thoughts and feelings
Like the whole aviation field, the pilot training industry is strictly regulated by ICAO, EASA, and regional CAA. Therefore, changes in it happen relatively slowly. If you could quickly implement changes, what and why would you alter in pilot training?
Virtual and augmented reality training as a substitution or addition to the theoretical and practical part of the training.
If these days you had a chance to travel freely and fly to any destination of your choice, where would you like to go first?
I would fly to Alaska in a heartbeat with a stop in the Isle of Skye.
Have you ever had an idea that you would like to be able to pilot an airplane?
I give my preference to the road bumps instead of turbulence. 😊