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Celebrating Women of Aviation Week with Rihana Mohammed

Women of Aviation Week is about celebrating women’s accomplishments in aviation and inspiring others to construct the industry’s future. As we highlight the women that are our aerospace leaders, Flight Data Systems is proud to encourage more women to join the industry. Women deliver energy to the industry that facilitates equality and innovation, and Flight Data Systems is honored to provide an environment that encourages women to become industry leaders. Because of this, we would like to highlight the talented faces behind our team.

What brought you to work in aviation?

I was qualified for this job because I had previous job experience and qualifications that matched up with the job requirements. And secondly, I joined Aviation Industry because I wished to be part of a bigger picture. Aviation Industry is a niche industry, and it is a matter of pride to be part of the Aviation industry where the sky is the limit.

What positive trait(s) do you feel women bring to the industry?

Women are perfect planners since they have great organizational and multitasking abilities. Women are forward thinkers, and they always have a game plan. This point is a positive trait. They can spot a crisis before it happens and stop potential problems; it allows women to bring symbiosis to the workplace, leading to a peaceful, fun, and productive workplace. Women are also very patient compared to men. This ability to withhold anger and frustration makes them key players in communicating with clients. This character trait is another great asset to have in the sales department when we communicate with people from different parts of the world with different cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The other most valued trait women bring to the Aviation industry is their organizational skills. 

What would tell young females interested in joining the industry?

I would tell young females to have the right attitude and never give up on their dreams. I would explain to them to be confident and to accept all challenges. It is a fascinating and ever-changing industry. The nature of aerospace and aviation is always moving, always changing, and always improving. The sky is the limit, just spread your wings and fly up and high. Take pride and enjoy being part of the most booming industry.

Do you have a female mentor or idol in the aviation industry?

I recently read a biography on Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, an Indian Air Force (IAF) Officer, and former helicopter pilot. She is an inspiring woman who deeply felt and fiercely loved her job. She faced many obstacles and challenges daily in a male-dominated sector, yet every day. She continued with the same determination and willpower to make a difference and excel. She fell, but she did not fail. She learned and got up every day. Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena was the first Indian Air Force woman officer who made history during the Kargil War in 1999. As the first Indian flying officer, she flew Cheetah Aircraft into the combat zone and rescued several soldiers. “Never give up on your dreams.”

Do you have any inspiring lessons that you have learned about life while working in the aviation industry?

1. Never stop learning – education is the key to many things in life. 

2. Work hard in life to achieve your dream goals – there is no substitute for hard work. 

3. Never fear changes – if you are afraid of the future, you will be afraid to make changes. If you embrace the future, you will take action to achieve your dreams. As the saying goes, ” the future is still much bigger than the past.” 

4. When you love your work, you will enjoy doing it.

What’s your favorite thing about the industry?

I enjoy connecting with people globally.

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