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Helpers of Airline Pilots
Originally coined “Husbands of Air Line Pilots,” these men attended the early conventions, supporting their wives in their dreams. While the ladies attended the ISA+21 convention business meeting, the HALPs participated in their own activities, making lifelong friends along the way.
As attendance grew and more friends and family members came to conferences, the term was updated to “Helpers of Airline Pilots” to include spouses, parents, family members, and friends. HALPs have been coming to conferences for over 40 years; going fishing in Alaska, golfing in Arizona, touring chocolate factories in Zurich, visiting car and sports museums around the world, and checking out the local attractions in each conference city. They look forward to bonding with friends each year.
While representing less than 6% of the airline industry, female pilots overcome unique challenges to get reach their aviation goals. Since the early days of females reaching to flightdeck, our amazing support systems have been there ensuring our careers do not stall. Here’s to our biggest cheerleaders, who pushed us, encouraged us when we were down, and were there for all of our milestones and accomplishments.