October
2022

Cathy Fraser

Airline: Air Canada
Crew Position: Captain
Aircraft: B-787
Domicile: Toronto, Canada

 

Where did you do your flight training?

Cathy:
I learned how to fly in Montreal, Quebec on a C-172.

How did you get interested in aviation?
 

Cathy:
A visit to the flight deck of a B737 when I was 10 got me interested.

What airplanes have you flown during your career?

Cathy:
Before the airlines, I flew PA-31, BE-90, 100, 200. I started at Air Canada in 1988 as a second officer (flight engineer) on the B727. I have flown the A320, B767 both as first officer and captain and the B787 as a captain.

 

Have you had/have any mentors throughout the years?

Cathy:
I have met a number of women who I’ve admired. Several of them were ahead of their time and were denied pilot jobs at the airlines. I met them through the 99s. My mom was encouraging and supportive. When Judy Cameron was hired at Air Canada, I saw it was a viable career option. She and Rosella Bjornson were trailblazers who I admired. Jean Haley Harper’s book on becoming an airline pilot helped to encourage me as well.

Do you have any future aviation goals you hope to achieve?

Cathy:
Getting checked out on a single engine airplane again. I am going to get my drone operator’s license for fun. I’d love to get to Oshkosh.

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What have been some recent challenges you’ve faced? 

 
Cathy:
Fitting in all of the volunteer activities with my work schedule. Planning for my retirement in December.
 
What would you say to girls looking to become an airline pilot?
 
Cathy:
I love telling young people to consider a career in aviation. What an adventure!
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What was an ISA+21 Dublin conference highlight for you?
 
Cathy:

As always, I love talking to all of the dynamic ladies who have achieved their dream jobs.

What do you feel is a benefit of being an ISA+21 member?
 
Cathy:
Being an ISA+21 member makes me feel like I belong to a supportive, unique and fun group.
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