Safety Conference Speakers - Stephanie Johnson


Captain Stephanie Johnson’91, was the first African American female to graduate from Kent State University with a degree in Flight Technology. She was hired in 1997 as the first African American female pilot for Northwest Airlines and in 2016 became the first African American female Captain at Delta Air Lines. Currently Stephanie is a Base Chief Pilot for Delta Air Lines and the first woman to be a Chief pilot for the company. Women represent less than 5% of Airline pilots and Stephanie considers it her job to promote aviation education. She does this on her own time, through the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and with her company Delta Air Lines. As a director of the week-long Cleveland ACE Academy she and other aviation professionals give students the opportunity to experience aviation in an extraordinary way.

Degree Bachelor of Science Flight Technology, Kent State University
Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
Current Location Detroit
Job Title Base Chief Pilot, Delta Air Lines
Previous Employer Pilot Mesa Airlines
Years of Experience 22 year pilot Northwest/Delta, 3-1/2 yr Captain Delta
Aircraft Currently Flying Airbus 319/320/321
Aircraft Previously Flown Various light a/c, King Air 100, Lear 34/35, Beech 1900, B727, B757, B767, A320 (319,321)

Safety as a Culture for Aircrew members - Mitigate Mistakes/ A positive approach to Safety makes Decision making easier in potentially stressful situations. Each pilot should establish their own culture of safety and promote it within the companies and organizations they operate. We will discuss the benefits of making this part of your standard operating procedures.