Audrey Esi Swatson, Ghana’s youngest female commercial pilot
Audrey Esi Swatson, Ghana’s youngest female commercial pilot was born on the 23rd February,1997 in Accra – Ghana.She is from Saltpond and she speaks fluent English, Fanti and Twi.
Whilst growing up, Audrey has always wanted to fly and be an athlete for Ghana. She had her basic education at the University of Ghana Basic Schools, Legon and her secondary education at the Ghana Christian International High School,Dodowa.
After her WASSCE in 2015, at the age of 18 years, she got admission at Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa to pursue her dream of becoming a pilot. Her first solo flight during her flight training was at the age of 19 years and that was on the 4th of April,2016. It is a day every pilot never forgets. She got her private pilot license that same year .
She is 21 years of age now and she holds the prestigious commercial pilot license to the standards of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
Read what Audrey has to say about her journey into getting a CPL
The journey has been tough and full of challenges.
My flight training experience with Mach1 Aviation Academy has developed my ability to operate in a fast-paced ,high-performing organization , reinforced the requirement to make sound decisions in a sometimes ambiguous environment, lead by example, and deliver results with little margin for error . I had the privilege of flying with some truly inspirational, selfless flight instructors who embodied fortitude, grit, resilience, courage and integrity.
To anyone who is interested in pursuing an aviation career, set specific goals, take one day at a time yet having a long-term vision and plan.
Hold yourself to high standards,collaborate and support others .
Benchmark your performance against the best of the best and strive for excellence without arrogance.
Build and grow your networks and lean into a mentor who can offer unbiased perspective.
Know that not everything will be a success and when it isn’t,handle setbacks with grace and resilience—- keep going.
When you do succeed,be humble, teach others and share your passion for aviation; it will be contagious!