21-Year Old Becomes Ghana’s Youngest Woman Commercial Pilot

Audrey Maame Esi Swatson has become the youngest woman commercial pilot in the country of Ghana, she obtained her commercial license at 21-years-old. Swatson is currently a First Officer with Passion Air in Ghana, operating the Dash 8 Q-400 aircraft.

She began pursuing her career in aviation once she was 18-years old. Swatson attended the Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa for flight training. Swatson later obtained her Commercial Pilot License after completing a total of 210 hours that she has flown at age 21. Swatson credits her education for her success.

“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,” Swatson said.

Swatson has now founded an aviation company, Excel Aviation where she serves as the CEO. She says she’s glad to 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.”

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