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Meet, AUDREY MAAME ESI SWATSON – First and Youngest Ghanaian Female Pilot

AUDREY MAAME ESI SWATSON – First and Youngest Ghanaian Female Pilot - African Leaders Magazine

Audrey Maame Esi Swatson made history as the youngest female commercial pilot in Ghana when she obtained her commercial license at the age of 21. It’s the culmination of a three-year training program that started at Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa, where she enrolled when she was 18-years-old.

Maame Esi was born on February 23rd, 1997 at Saltpond in the Mfantisman Municipal District in the Central Region of Ghana and is the first out of four children. She was schooled at the University of Ghana Basic School and continued her secondary education at Ghana Christian International High School at Does where she studied General Science. She got admitted at the March 1st Aviation Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, and had her first solo flight on April 4, 2016, at the age of nineteen (19) years.

AUDREY MAAME ESI SWATSON – First and Youngest Ghanaian Female Pilot - African Leaders Magazine

She admitted that “In the beginning, it was just saying something big close to being a doctor or a lawyer. I was nine years old and in class four, and there is this frequent question society would always want to know what you want to be in future, and then I just had to say t say a pilot.

And then again, in the beginning, I was really quiet. So, I thought for a pilot you have to be in the cockpit and probably the passengers would just be behind you so you keep quiet, but during my flight training I realized, you really have to talk a lot.

I also wanted to be different, because when they call doctors in class there were a lot of people that are standing up; lawyers as well. And when I stand in class, they are like wow, and it’s like the wow thing kept me moving.”

AUDREY MAAME ESI SWATSON – First and Youngest Ghanaian Female Pilot - African Leaders Magazine

Maame Esi Swatson holds a commercial pilot license to the standards of the South African Civil Aviation Authority which she obtained on the eve of Christmas in 2018 which she later explained made her Christmas memorable. She is the first lady to work with Passion Air, a Ghanaian airline company where she operates the De Havilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft.

Now Swatson is fiercely passionate about something else — paying it forward. She is the founder of her own aviation company, aptly titled Excel Aviation, which aims to inspire other young women to pursue careers in aviation. Among Swatson’s other goals are plans to provide an annual flight training scholarship to Ghanaian girls, establishing a flight training school in Ghana, and eventually becoming a captain herself.

She was celebrated by the Ministry of Aviation in Ghana and also nominated and honored at the Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year in Ghana.

 

 

Source: ghlivenews.com / travelnoir.com

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