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Proflight All-Female Crew Marks Anniversary of Celebrated Women Aviator

Proflight All-Female Crew Marks Anniversary of Celebrated Women Aviator

From left, Captain Melinda Taylor, First Officer Catherine Willis and Cabin Attendant Ashley Muma
From left, Captain Melinda Taylor, First Officer Catherine Willis and Cabin Attendant Ashley Muma

 

Female crew in Zambia remember pioneering heroine

Domestic airline Proflight Zambia marked the anniversary today of the pioneering female aviator Amelia Earhart by celebrating the success of its own female crew.

This month saw the first Proflight Zambia flight crewed by an all-women crew with Captain Melinda Taylor at the controls, First Officer Catherine Willis and Cabin Attendant Ashley Muma.

The flight P0802 from Lusaka to Mfuwe was particularly significant coming so close to today’s (July 24) anniversary of the birth of Amelia Earhart, who in 1932 became the first women pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, for which she received the US Distinguished Flying Cross.

“Amelia Earhart is a role model for women aviators – and indeed all women - the world over,” explained Proflight Commercial Director Ms Keira Irwin. “Proflight thought it was only fitting to honour this amazing woman, and we are proud to be continuing in her flightpath with our team of dedicated and professional female crew members, as well as their male colleagues. We hope this will inspire more women to follow a career in aviation.”

Capt. Taylor has been flying with Proflight for more than two years.  She started flying 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. She is a member of the Australian Woman's Pilot Association and Woman in Aviation International.
Catherine Willis joined Proflight in June 2011.  She started on the Jetstream 31 and is now a First Officer on the Jetstream 32.

Ashley Muma is a Cabin Attendant on the Jetstream 32 aircraft and has been flying with Proflight since Feb 2011. She is one of Proflight’s 12 female 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.

Earhart was born in the US on July 24, 1897 and disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to make a circumnavigation flight of the globe.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

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