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Flying high at a young age

by on September 26, 2016

Issues of age in the professions often feature on our blog – whether it is at the older or younger end of the spectrum.

Despite not being the youngest commercial pilot (there are both men and women of 19 flying for commercial airlines) the achievements of 26 year old Kate Williams have been in the news as she has become one of Britain’s youngest commercial pilots.  This becomes news not only because of her age but also because she is a woman.  Recently EasyJet were reported as saying approximately 6% of it’s pilots are women and they have a programme in place to aid the development and recruitment of female pilots.

In terms of age, there remain regulations in place which limit the upper age for commercial pilots, and given the average age is in the 50’s there are increasing concerns about potential pilot shortages in the future.  The age at which a pilot can qualify is dependent on how long it takes to complete the necessary qualifications after they reach the age of eligibility at 18.


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