March 2022 Editor’s Message – Editor’s Message

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Katie Bliss, Editor, Metropolitan Airport News

Welcome to the March issue of Metropolitan Airport News. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re thrilled to bring you a feature story with Cheryl McKissack Daniel in the spotlight. Ms. McKissack Daniel has an incredible experience to share with us and a compelling story of hope, perseverance and determination. His family has been well known in the construction industry for generations, way ahead of their time from the start. McKissack & McKissack has been involved with PHL, LGA, EWR and JFK for years, currently working on the construction of the new Terminal One. We were happy to have Ms. McKissack Daniel meet with us to discuss her family legacy, share her work with young women and people of color engaged in the industry, and how she is moving the family business forward.

When we think of Women’s History Month, we often think of the trailblazers who paved the way for women in this industry. People like Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Amelia Earhart, and organizations like the Ninety-Nines often come to mind along with so many others. And while their courage and tenacity have made them all “firsts,” more needs to be done to make aviation a common and familiar industry to which women can gravitate as they pursue their careers.

Similar to the construction industry, the rate of women entering aviation-centric careers has historically been and continues to be very low. In aviation, we always need to do more. The rate of female professional pilots is around 7.4%. The mechanics are even weaker at around 2.6%. The obstacles seem to be the lack of engagement of young people and the balance between work, life and family.

Cheryl McKissack Daniel reviews the plans.
Cheryl McKissack Daniel reviews the plans.

There are many organizations that put the industry first for young people and especially girls. Groups like Women in Aviation International, the Ninety-Nines, and local venues like the Cradle of Aviation all work hard to raise awareness in the community. If you have a successful business at the airport, you would be doing a great thing for the future of our industry by connecting with one of these organizations to provide the opportunity to bring students to your facility to learn about aviation.

I hope you enjoy this issue and I look forward to seeing you at the airports!

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