How one group is inspiring more Black women to take flight

Sisters of the Skies is working to increase the number of Black women who become professional pilots.
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We are back with an incredible group of pilots inspiring a new generation of young women of color to take flight. Our transportation correspondent gio Benitez is there at Laguardia with more on the sisters of the skies. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, robin, good morning to you. Believe it or not less than 1% of U.S. Pilots are black women. So this morning we are taking you onto the flight deck to meet some of these women and show you how they are inspiring others. Climbing. Reporter: It's a Tuesday afternoon 5,000 feet over Maryland. This is kind of like the simulator. Reporter: These high school juniors are on a plane, not as passengers but as future pilots. What's the airplane doing? It's trying to go down. Pull it back. Reporter: Working to get their wings with the aircraft pilots association. It was inspiring to see my peer fly a plane. My dreams are coming true. Reporter: In America there are less than 100 plaque professional female pilots. One group is trying to change that. Representation matters. I don't think I met my first black female pilot until I was in my 30s. The sisters of the sky, a tight-knit group looking to inspire the next generation. Monique Grayson flies for delta. Sometimes in order for us to be something, you have to see something. Reporter: We asked her in people are surprised to learn she's a pilot. I have been mistaken more times than I care to count for someone other than a pilot, absolutely, I've been considered a baggage handler. I've been thought of as a flight attendant on several occasion. A question all these women get time and time again. Most are like, you're the pilot and do the takeoff and landing? Yeah, it was us. There is a little wire. Reporter: Professional pilot train something expensive putting people with fewer resources at a disadvantage. Monique remembers the conversation with her father. He's like, well, let's just count it as an investment. He said anything that you want, you got to invest something into it and so I did. I stuck with it. Reporter: They hoped that by telling their stories and mentoring young people. I see myself in both of you young ladies. Reporter: They can inspire and guide other young women of color to Callen aircraft their office. Victoria is certainly on board. It's a very rare sight but I hope to be one of them. Reporter: And she will be one of them. Now, we should tell you that starting tomorrow more than 40,000 airline workers could be furloughed or laid off. Some of these women will be part of that group but even so no matter what they will keep mentoring these young people. Very special women right there, robin. Very special indeed. You said you almost became a pilot. I wanted to. I did. My father was a tuskegee airmen and I thought about it. They follow through on that.

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