Former Ghanaian president Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings’ dreams are at the threshold of becoming true when the country opens its first pilot training school this year.
The Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda has indicated that a pilot training academy will soon be set up, which should cut down the cost incurred by interested youth who as at yet have to travel to South Africa or Europe for training.
The facility when operationalized will help address the shortage of pilots as well as create opportunities for the youth to get into the aviation sector.
In an interview, after meeting with the youngest Ghanaian female pilot in Accra on Monday, the Minister said government awaits the feasibility tests report from investors who would engage in the establishment of training center.
To train an individual as a pilot costs between US$ 60,000 to US$ 100,000.
Globally aviation is booming, with the demand for pilots skyrocketing. However, there is a looming global shortage for pilots.
Statistics indicate that the Middle East and Africa regions are in dire need of pilots, where 30,000 pilots will be needed in the next decade. Africa’s aviation market is predicted to top the global growth charts over the next 20 years.
Youngest Female Pilot
At the age of 21, Audrey Esi Swatson achieved her dream of becoming a commercial pilot, after completing her three years training at Mach1 Aviation Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018.
After completing her first solo flight in April 2016, she obtained her private pilot license before obtaining a commercial license in 2018.
Audrey attended Ghana Christian International High School in Dodowa after completing her basic education at the University of Ghana Basic School in Legon.