Meet Ghana’s youngest female pilot; 24-yr old Audrey Maame Esi Swatson who almost ditched the dream.
Audrey Maame Esi Swatson 24, Ghana’s youngest female Pilot to obtain a commercial license. was born on Feb 23, 1997 (24 years). She is also the CEO of her own company, Excel Aviation, which aims to help other aspiring female pilots in Ghana, like her.
She is from Saltpond. She had her first solo flight with Mach1 Aviation Academy in 2016 when she was 19.
According to Audrey
“In the beginning, it was just saying something big close to being a doctor or a lawyer. I was nine years old and in class four, and there is this frequent question society would always want to know what you want to be in future, and then I just had to say t say a pilot. And then again, in the beginning, I was really quiet. So I thought for a pilot you have to be in the cockpit and probably the passengers would just be behind you so you keep quiet, but during my flight training, you really talk a lot.”
“I also wanted to be different, because when they call doctors in class there were a lot of people that are standing up; lawyers as well. And when I stand in class, they are like wow, and it’s like the wow thing kept me moving.”
Today, Audrey Maame Esi Swatson has fulfilled this dream, and she is Ghana’s youngest female pilot at the age of 24.
She obtained her commercial license to fly on the eve of Christmas 2018, a feat she says made her Christmas memorable