Lillian Todd was the first woman in the world to design and build airplanes back in 1906. In 1934, Helen Richey was the first woman to be hired by a commercial airline in the United States. Despite the early accomplishments of these pioneering aviators, the following data reveals women remain underrepresented in the world of aviation.



The FAA has released the YE 2021 statistics which include the latest numbers of remote pilots by gender. The charts outlined on this page provide insight into the number of female drone pilots by region and state.

2021 FAA YE Data

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Since the enactment of the small drone rule by the FAA in August of 2016, more than 250,000 people have obtained the Remote Pilot Airman Certificate which allows them to fly a drone for commercial purposes.


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The latest numbers released by the Federal Aviation Administration for YE 2021 show the number of women securing a Remote Pilot Certification is up to 19,366.

However, women continue to make up only 7.6% of the total number of Part 107 pilots.

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FAA 2021 Women Remote Pilots by Region/State 

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Central Region

Eastern Region

Great Lakes

NW Region


Southwest Region

Western Pacific Region