From Zambia Daily Mail: Proflight celebrates Amelia Earhart
PROFLIGHT Zambia celebrated the anniversary of the pioneering female
aviator Amelia Earhart last Tuesday by appreciating the success of its
own female crew with an all-woman crewed flight to Mfuwe.
Proflight Zambia commercial director Keira Irwin confirmed that the
company witnessed the first flight crewed by an all-woman team with
Captain Melinda Taylor at the controls, along with first officer
Catherine Willis and cabin attendant Ashely Muma.
“The flight PO802 from Lusaka to Mfuwe was particularly significant
coming close to (the) July 24 anniversary of the birth of Amelia
Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman pilot to fly solo across the
Atlantic Ocean, for which she received the US Distinguished Flying
Cross,” Ms Irwin said.
Ms Irwin said Earhart is a role model for women aviators and all women the world over.
“Proflight thought it was only fitting to honour this amazing woman and
we are proud to be continuing in her flight path with our team of
dedicated and professional female crew members and their male
colleagues. We hope this will inspire more women to follow a career in
aviation,” she said.
Ms Irwin said Capt Taylor, who flew the plane from Lusaka to Mfuwe, has been flying with Proflight for more than two years.
She started flying with the Beechcraft Baron, which carries five
passengers, and is now a Captain on the Jetstream 32, having completed
simulator training earlier this year in the Netherlands.
Capt Taylor is also a member of the Australian Women`s Pilot Association and Women’s in Aviation International.
Whereas Ms Willis joined Proflight in June 2011 and is now a first officer on the Jetstream 32, having started on Jetstream 31.
Ms Muma is a cabin attendant on the Jetstream 32 aircraft and has been
flying with Proflight since February 2011, and is one of the airline’s
12 and three male cabin crew.
“Proflight`s female staff follow in the footsteps of Earhart, who as
well as crossing the Atlantic, set many other records; wrote
best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in
the formation of the Ninety-Nines, an organisation for female pilots,”
Pioneer aviator Earhart was born in the United States on July 24 1897
and disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to make a circumnavigation
flight on the globe.