It is tough to be a pilot in Ghana – Youngest female commercial pilot

Ghana’s youngest female commercial pilot, Audrey Maame Esi Swatson has disclosed that the aviation system in Ghana is not friendly.

She believes it is easier to become a doctor than a pilot in Ghana.

According to the 21-year-old Passion Air First Officer, attending an aviation school in Ghana is ­ “extremely” expensive.

“…the system here in Ghana is not friendly. It limits your option as to who you want to be. The system doesn’t support your dream if you want to be a pilot because it is extremely expensive. It’s easy to train the doctors and other professions but to be a pilot, it is tough,” Audrey Maame Esi Swatson stated.

Audrey Maame Esi Swatson currently flies the Dash8 Q-400 aircraft as First Officer with Passion Air, a Ghanaian airline company.

Born in 1997, Miss Swatson acquired her basic education at the University of Ghana Basic School – and proceeded to the Ghana Christian International High School for her secondary education.

At age 18, she attended the Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa and trained as a pilot.

Miss Swatson came into the limelight when she had her first solo flight at age 19 in 2016.

Now, at age 21, she has her Commercial Pilot License.

Commenting on these admirable achievements, she said, “Apart from God and my parents, I owe everything I am and everything I hope to be to school. Without the education I have received during my lifetime, the friends I have met and have networked with, the great teachers that have been there for me since day one, I would not be able to move on to a more positive place in my life. I would not be able to have a chance to even become a pilot, to be given a chance to inspire other children that whatever they dream of, they can actually be. Education has fulfilled me and I am a more positive person because of it.”

In 2019, the University of Ghana Basic School organized a ceremony to celebrate Audrey Maame Esi Swatson for making the school, her alma mater proud.

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