South African women fly high

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African female pilots, making their mark on the aviation industry, have chalked up another first.
Last week a crew of six females flew a South African Airways (SAA) jet from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth and back, the first time in the airline's history.
The Commander of flight SA 401 on a Boeing 737-200 was Captain Jane Trembath.
Trembath, who recently qualified as a captain, said this was a great moment in the 19 years that she had been flying.
Captain Trembath said that she hoped this first all-female flight would serve as an inspiration to women considering flying as a career.
"The SAA cadet pilot scheme provides a wonderful opportunity for women to enter the exciting and challenging career of an airline pilot," Trembath said.
She is the second female captain in the history of SAA, and commanded her first flight on 1 September during return flights to Maputo and the Victoria Falls.
Three months ago another female pilot, Sakhile Nyoni, was appointed as a new General Manager of Operations for the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority.
Nyoni, who obtained her Airline Transport pilot licence from Britain's Air University in Scotland and attended a Captains course in Oxford in the UK, flew as a line pilot at Air Botswana from 1988 to 1997, during which time she served as a Captain and later as training captain.

10 september 2001 17:23:00




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