Top Companies for Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies

The Top Companies for Women Award recognizes a company, agency, or organization in the global emerging aviation industry with a culture where women can thrive.

They have proven to be supportive of gender diversity, flexibility in hours and work requirements to accommodate family and life balance, competitive compensation and benefits, training, continued professional development and career advancement opportunities.

To be eligible for the award, companies were nominated by at least one current employee and have been in business a minimum of four years. In selecting the companies, the judges considered company size in scoring the nominations.

Top Companies

Listed in alphabetical order

Airspeeder is the owner and operator of the world’s first remotely piloted eVTOL racing series – EXA Series – and the future manned eVTOL racing series – Airspeeder Series.

The EXA Series is expected to commence its international racing program in 2023 and is planning to host races in Australia, the United States and the Middle East.

The EXA Series operates the Mark 3 Airspeeder, which is medium Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) weighing 147kg. During an EXA race, the Remote Pilot (RP) receives a First Person Video (FPV) from the aircraft, which is displayed on a monitor at the Pilot Control Station (PCS). Overlaid on the FPV vide feed is an Augment Reality (AR) race track through which the RP navigates their aircraft.

Currently, Airspeeder has successfully executed races which have included three Mark 3 Airpseeders flying simultaneously. The goal is to have up to ten Airspeeders racing simultaneously as part of the international EXA Series.

In 2025 is is expected that Airspeeder will introduce a manned racing series using eVTOL technology and using the race control and airspace management systems developed during the EXA series.

At CAE, we equip people in critical roles with the expertise and solutions to create a safer world. As a technology company, we digitalize the physical world, deploying simulation training and critical operations support solutions.

Above all else, we empower pilots, airlines, defense and security forces, and healthcare practitioners to perform at their best every day and when the stakes are the highest. Around the globe, we’re everywhere customers need us to be with more than 13,000 employees in more than 200 sites and training locations in over 40 countries. CAE represents 75 years of industry firsts—the highest-fidelity flight, mission, and medical simulators, and personalized training programs powered by artificial intelligence. We’re investing our time and resources into building the next generation of cutting-edge, digitally immersive training and critical operations solutions while keeping positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact at the core of our mission. Today and tomorrow, we’ll make sure our customers are ready for the moments that matter.

Hydroplane Ltd. is a Los Angeles based electric aviation technology company working to decarbonize aviation.

We are developing a hydrogen fuel cell based power plant for aircraft and mobile energy transport that is energy efficient, low noise signature, and emission free. We are the winner of two US Air Force Agility Prime Awards and plan to have our first flight demonstration in 2023.

Kenya Flying Labs (KFL) brings innovative drone, data, AI and Machine Learning solutions to Kenya’s humanitarian and development sectors.

KFL promotes social good applications of drones such as rapid response, situational awareness, mapping, surveying and data analysis to provide insights in various sectors such as health, agriculture, environmental conservation, communication and infrastructure among others. While humanitarian applications are our forte, our team is also highly skilled to offer specialized drone and drone data services for the development sector, including telecommunication, construction and infrastructure inspections. We also support young people to learn about robotics and encouraging youth to follow STEM careers through our STEM activities.

NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) supports emerging national priorities in aeronautics across many government agencies.

NARI focuses on identifying key application and technology areas where aeronautics could make unrealized impact and/or aeronautics could benefit from. It conducts workshops, industry-academia-government work groups, assesses technology and emerging needs, and develops non-traditional partnerships. Given the unique nature of NARI, we believe in very inclusive and diverse team that brings various perspectives to further aeronautics enterprise impact.

NARI has conducted workshops and identified key impact areas related to aerosol movement inside aircraft cabin, wildfire management, advanced air mobility. NARI also maintains unique connections with the silicon valley ecosystem to ensure collaborations between aeronautics community and silicon valley. The word NARI has Sanskrit origin and means a woman!

At She Maps we are inspiring the next generation to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges with STEM, and we use drones as the tool to engage students and teachers.

When many people think of a scientist, they imagine someone (often male) in a lab coat working with a microscope or test tubes. For technology, engineering, and maths professions stereotypes are common too. We are challenging these stereotypes.

Unfortunately, we also know that the environment is facing some really big challenges now and in the future. We need diversity in STEM disciplines beyond the lab coats and stereotypes, and diversity in ideas from people from all walks of life to solve these big problems.

By using drones, we are able to engage students in learning, whilst also showcasing a diverse range of role models using drones and geospatial technologies in the STEM workforce. We build the confidence of students by seeing what is possible, so they can dream of being it; we increase the capability of teachers to integrate this technology into their classrooms, by giving them professional development and teaching resources; and we increase the connection with industry by bringing real-world problems and industry problem solvers into the classroom to bring it all together.

We have taught over 8,000 students and teachers around the world with our signature face-to-face program, had tens of thousands of downloads of our resources, trained over 80 people in 14 countries to use our program in their local communities, and have award-winning, curriculum-aligned, and industry supported teaching resources that teachers are using in classrooms around the world.

Swoop Aero is an Australian integrated drone logistics company founded in 2017 to unlock the potential of the sky with the only end-to-end drone logistics infrastructure on the planet.

With drone fleets operational in 14 countries serving 3.5 million people and over 22,000 safe operational flights, the Swoop Aero technology platform and flagship fully managed service enables seamless drone logistics at scale. The core Swoop Aero service is turnkey operation of an integrated drone logistics service for entire populations, offering a range of services from medical delivery to emergency management, retail and e-commerce. Swoop Aero’s goal is to make their service accessible by 1 billion people in 2030.

WingXpand created a turnkey aerial intelligence solution with a 7ft autonomous airplane that expands from a backpack to help farmers grow more yield, public safety officials respond to disasters after, and keep soldiers safe.


Lousie Jupp

Terreco Aviation
South Africa

Bill Johnson

Single Seat Consulting

Chantal Khan

Pentium Consultants Group, Inc

Rob Oldroyd

Aviation Insurance Specialist
Moreton & Company


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