Friday, October 26, 2012

Prudhoe teen on way to career as female airline pilot

From the Journal:  Prudhoe teen on way to career as female airline pilot


Caitlin Harm, 18, of Prudhoe who training to be a commercial airline pilot



A TEENAGER who gained a head for heights aged three is to become one of the country’s few female commercial airline pilots.

Caitlin Harm, 18, from Prudhoe, Northumberland, has landed a place at aviation college and in just a few years she will be helping to fly holidaymakers around the world.
Her bold career choice, only taken up by a handful of women, was kick-started when she flew in a plane with her dad while still at nursery.
The former Queen Elizabeth High School student said being accepted into pilot school has fulfilled a long-held ambition.
“I’ve wanted to be a pilot for as long as I can remember,” said Caitlin, who lives with her mum, dad and 15-year-old sister. “I’ve always had an interest in aviation and once I started gliding I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life. Once you try it, it’s easy to get the bug. It’s like a whole different world up there, and I find it relaxing. I get a real sense of achievement after every flight, there’s so many different skills you can learn.”
Caitlin is now training with Oxford Aviation Academy after passing A-levels in maths, physics and French and gaining over seven years’ experience with Northumbria Gliding Club at Chopwell, Gateshead.
She also rose to the rank of Flight Sergeant in the Air Training Corps which she joined aged 14 and was one of just four young cadets from the UK selected for specialist training courses in Hong Kong, China and Macau.
She is soon to move to Oxford where she will complete 14 theoretical exams before starting flight training in Arizona in the USA. After 110 hours of single- engine flight training and multi-engine training she will then sit an exam that will qualify her as a multi-engine pilot.

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