Africa: 22-year-old Audrey Esi Swatson is Ghana’s youngest commercial female pilot

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Audrey Esi Swatson is Ghana’s youngest commercial female pilot and she is only 22 years old. She was born on February 23, 1997 in Ghana’s capital, Accra. She had her basic education at the University of Ghana Basic School and later at the Ghana Christian International High School. At the age of 18 years, she had admission at the Mach1 […]

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Africa: Egyptian pilot banned for life after allowing celebrity into cockpit mid-flight

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Egypt has banned a pilot for life for allowing a celebrity actor into the cockpit during a private flight to Saudi Arabia. Mohamed Ramadan, an actor and singer, posted a video on social media showing himself in the co-pilot’s seat, holding the controls as someone commented he’s “driving the plane now”. The 31-year-old who has more than seven million subscribers […]

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Aviation: At 23, this Jamaican became the youngest and first black pilot to fly solo around the world

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When Barrington Irving began seeking sponsorship in 2003 towards his round-the-world trip, he was initially turned down by more than 50 different sponsors. With just a little over 600 hours of flight experience, many thought that Irving was too young and inexperienced with the mission he sought to achieve. Eventually, sponsors came on board and donated money and aircraft parts, […]

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Africa: Nigerian airline furious at ‘losing £180,000 a day after pilot forced to leave because of hostile environment policy’

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A Nigerian airline says it could pull its business out of the UK after one of its pilots was arrested by immigration officials on suspicion of being a stowaway and threatened with deportation. Max Air, which is based in Nigeria, condemned the move by border staff at Bournemouth International Airport as an example of the Home Office’s “hostile environment policy”. […]

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Aviation: The female pilot teaching African women to fly

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Fourteen-year-old Paballo (Pabi) Leqhotsa jumps out of the pilot seat of a four-seater Cessna monoplane giddy with delight. “It was amazing. I felt like I was in control, do you understand?” she says, spinning round in excitement. Taking control of an aircraft was something the teenager from Soweto, a township just outside Johannesburg, had dreamed of since she was little. […]

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Aviation: Female pilot hailed as ‘American hero’ for landing stricken jet

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Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women fighter pilots in the US Navy, was hailed as an American hero on Wednesday for calmly landing a stricken passenger jet after a midair engine explosion that killed a mother-of-two. Shults was identified as the pilot by passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which was en route from New York to […]

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Aviation: The first African Pilot of a commercial Jetliner Capt. Abebe dies at 93

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Captain Alemayehu Abebe, Africa’s first pilot to fly 720 jet passed away at the age of 93, reported Voice of America Amharic Service. He was ill for a few days. He is survived by six children and four grand children. His funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm local time at Petros Wo Paulos church. The mass service […]

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Aviation: ‘ Pilot errors account for 80% of Nigeria’s air accidents’ -Akwaaba

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Pilot errors account for about 80 per cent of all aviation accidents in Nigeria, experts in the industry have said. Some of them, who spoke on Monday at the 13th Akwaaba African Travel Market, a tourism fair held in Lagos, however, stated that stakeholders had also intensified efforts on human capital development. The President, Sabre Network, Mr. Gbenga Olowo, stated […]

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Africa: Uganda set to war with Kenya over Work Permit for Young Pilot

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A young and promising Ugandan pilot working in Kenya is on the verge of losing his job since the aviation authorities are declining to endorse his employment. Captain Ronald Denis D’Ujanga, a South Africa-trained pilot has been hired by airliner Fly540 since mid-2016, but the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) is refusing to give him a letter of no objection […]

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Zimbabwe introduces green tourism initiative

Zimbabwe has started implementing “green concepts” in the tourism sector in a bid to attract more international tourists. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has announced it has entered into a partnership with the U.K.-based Green Tourism Programme and Environment Africa to offer green tourism grading throughout the country. Sugar Chagonda of the tourism authority said the government is currently engaging members […]

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