Audrey Maame Swatson becomes Ghana’s youngest female commercial pilot

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Audrey is currently a first officer with Passion Air, a Ghanaian airline company, flying the Dash8 Q-400 aircraft.

She had her primary education at the University of Ghana Basic School before proceeding to Ghana Christian International High School for her secondary education.

She attended the Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa for her flight training at age 18 because the Ghanaian educational system isn’t built to support those who want to pursue a career in aviation.

 In her words, “Towards aviation, 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.”

She had her first solo flight with Mach1 Aviation Academy at age 19 and at age 21, she obtained her Commercial Pilot Licence.

When asked how she was able to achieve this feat, she said in her own words, “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.”

Audrey Maame Esi Swatson is proof that there is no limit to what a young girl can achieve when you give them the right form of education.

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