Audrey Maame Esi Swatson is the country’s youngest female commercial pilot, with a commercial license earned at the age of 21. She currently works as a First Officer for Passion Air in Ghana, flying the Dash 8 Q-400.
Audrey began exploring her passion for aviation at the age of eighteen. She received her flight training at the Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa, where she also had her first solo flight a year later.
She finally earned her Commercial Pilot License after completing 210 hours of flight time at the age of 21. She attributes her performance to her schooling.
“I owe everything I am and hope to be to school, aside from God and my parents. I will not be able to move on to a more optimistic position in my life without the education I have earned throughout my life, the people I have met and networked with, and the wonderful teachers who have been there for me since the beginning. In a media interview, Audrey said, “I will not be able to even have a chance to become a pilot.”
Audrey also founded and runs her own aviation business, Excel Aviation, where she is the CEO. She is grateful for the opportunity to “inspire other children that they can be everything they want to be.” Education has satisfied me, and as a result, I am a more optimistic person.”
@DreySwatson is her Instagram handle.