ABOUT Nina Anderson

Nina Anderson
Nina is one of the first women to be hired as an airline and corporate pilot. She is an accomplished author and retired corporate jet pilot. She has flown various regional airliners and corporate jets including the Hawker, which is the airplane where the action takes place in her novel, More...


Retired corporate pilot, Nina Anderson not only tells her story but worked in collaboration with several other women pilots who forged new territory in the 1970s and 1980s by being the first hired by their airline or their corporate flight department. In a time when women were mostly excluded from executive positions, including the front office of a jet, these woman persevered. Their stories give inspiration to anyone who has the qualifications to achieve their career goal but finds the door closed for any number of reasons. In her book, Flying Above the Glass Ceiling she takes us through the accomplishments of women flyers from the 1800s right through present day, noting their specific struggles of entering a man’s occupation and giving insight into what it was that kept them moving toward their dream. Giving us a glimpse of their personal stories, their triumphs and disappointments, we are taught lessons that can apply to anyone persuing their chosen career.

            Information presented is not limited to women aviators but encompasses many of the occupations that make up the category, aviation – mechanics, dispatchers, flight attendants, aircraft brokers, engineers. Tips from successful aviation related business owners help the reader to get a glimpse of how they can deal with discrimination, relationships, competition and a sexist attitude. This book is an entertaining read, but more than that reveals the determination and passion of these women who all rose to success in the face of many obstacles. Included in the book is a resource chapter that gives the reader outlets for flight training, employment services, pilot supplies, related organizations and support groups.

Nina tells the fascinating “behind the cockpit door” stories of many significant female aviators.  I, for one, am delighted to share my secrets and hope that you’ll use this resource to help you advance your own pilot career.”

Captain Karen Kahn


The history of Women in Aviation is a hard earned story of the persistence of many brave and tenacious women who have overcome the dominance of a male oriented profession. Nina Anderson and her literary companions provide abundant information to assist and encourage young women to follow their interest in an aviation career. It takes persistence, passion and determination.

Janice Barden, Founder and Chairman, Aviation Personnel International


The stories these women share, stories of perseverance and tenacity aligned with the highest degree of competence, best reflect the characteristics of all women who have challenged themselves to become aviators. Flying Above the Glass Ceiling creates role models for all aspiring commercial pilots to admire and follow. Those of us in the Ninety-Nines Organization of Women Pilots recognize the enormity of the steps they took and congratulate Nina for presenting real-life examples of the problems they faced and how they solved them.

Susan Larson, President The Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots


This book is far more than a tribute to the amazing women who persevered to carve out a permanent place for women in aviation. Flying Above the Glass Ceiling is a celebration of human triumph over obstacles. A must read for anyone interested in pursuing and achieving the dream of a career in aviation.

Captain Caroline Bryan, President, Women in Corporate Aviation