Yesterday evening we had the pleasure of hosting a group from Women In Aviation International – the Ireland Chapter in Simtech. The group was made up of student pilots, engineers and aviation enthusiasts who were really interested in visiting our facility and learning about progressing from a student pilot to flying a commercial aircraft.
We were lucky enough to have Bernice Moran de Neve here to speak about her career as a pilot in Ryanair, Dragon Air and Virgin Atlantic.
Declan Dooney our CEO, spoke about his time as Head of Pilot Recruitment in Ryanair and how he recruited Bernice as a pilot in 1999. Declan talked about his pride in seeing Bernice become the youngest female Boeing Captain and how her career has progressed not only as a pilot but also as the founder of The Be Sweet Company.
The group were truly inspired by Bernice as she discussed balancing her successful career and her family life. Her passion and enthusiasm for flying motivated the group and her final message to all female pilots out there was… “the only thing getting in the way of being a pilot is you!”
The group had the opportunity to try out a take off and landing in our simulator. It was a really enjoyable evening – we are delighted to be supporting Women in Aviation in any way that we can and hope to see more female pilots out here soon!