Helen Richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator and the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States. Richey also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors.
Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38
Rosella Bjornson (b. 1947 Lethbridge, Alberta) At 17 she completed her Private Pilot's License in just 2 months! In 1973 she was hired as a First Officer with Transair. She was the first woman to be hired by a commercial air line in Canada and first female member of the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association. In 1990 she became the first woman to be promoted to Captain with a major Canadian air carrier. She is a member of the Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.