At age 22, Audrey Esi Swatson has made history by becoming Ghana’s youngest female commercial pilot.
Upon receiving her commercial pilot license with instrument and multi-engine ratings as well as meeting the standards of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, she is currently joins the league of Ghanaian flight legends such as Melody Danquah, Ghana’s first female military/commercial pilot and Patricia Mawuli Nyekodzi, the first civilian pilot in West Africa.
A fluent speaker of English and the Fanti and Twi dialects, Swatson who is a native of Saltpond in the Central region had the love of soaring the skies from a pretty young age and had other athletic ambitions.
Her passion for planes and flights were further enhanced when she enrolled at the University of Ghana Basic Schools, Legon for her basic education and later the Ghana Christian International High School in Dodowa.
In 2015, 18-year-old Audrey Esi Swatson gained admission to study Aviation at the Mach1 Aviation Academy, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
At age 19, she had the taste of flying solo when she was given the opportunity during one of her flight training in 2016 which according to the young pilot remains a day she’ll never forget. In addition, she got her private pilot license that same year.