Audrey Maame Esi Swatson
Audrey Maame Esi Swatson who was born on February 23, 1997 became the youngest Ghanaian female pilot who has obtained a commercial license at the age of 21.
Swatson hails from Saltpond, a town and the capital of the Mfantsiman Municipal District in the Central Region of South Ghana. She had her basic education at the University of Ghana Basic school and her Senior High Education at the Ghana Christian International High School (Dodowa) where she studied General Science.
Right after she completed her Senior High School at the age of 18, she got admission at Mach1 Aviation Academy, a renowned aviation school in Johannesburg (South Africa) to pursue her dream of becoming a pilot.
A year later, at the age of 19, she embarked on her first solo flight. Her commercial license was awardedafter amassing a total of 210 hours flown. Swatson is currently a First Officer with Passion Air in Ghana,operating the Dash 8 Q-400 aircraft.
Audrey Maame Esi Swatson made history as the youngest female commercial pilot in Ghana when she obtained her commercial license at the age of 21
Maame Esi had her first solo flight with Mach1 Aviation Academy on 4 April 2016 when she was 19. She now holds a commercial pilot license to the standards of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
As of 2019, she became the first officer with Passion Air in Ghana, operating the De Havilland CanadaDash 8 aircraft.
Moreover, Audrey founded her own aviation company called Excel Aviation, an Aviation agency through which she inspires girls to dream of aviation careers that are far in the distance and motivate teens to apply for scholarships that can make flight training plans a reality, she also serves as the CEO of Excel Aviation.
She is glad to be given a chance to inspire other children that whatever they dream of, they can actually be.
Audrey Esi Swatson was celebrated by the Ministry of Aviation. In 2016, she attended a sponsored conference in the USA as the first African female pilot by International Women in Aviation. She was nominated and honoured at The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year (Ghana)
Swatson has been recognized as a role model to young girls all over the world especially Africa never to give up on their dreams.
Asides her Aviation Company, Swatson has been able to inspire young girls through various interviews with local and international media stations and platforms.
Audrey Esi Swatson is an Inspiration!