Britain’s youngest licensed pilot sixteen-year-old Ellie Carter has been offered a mentorship to help her fulfil her career aspirations by easyJet, the UK’s largest airline.
Ellie hit headlines in January 2019 after she became the youngest solo powered aircraft pilot in Britain. She also became the youngest solo gilder pilot, after completing two six-minute flights on her 14th birthday.
Europe’s leading airline easyJet has offered Ellie mentoring with Line Training Captain Zoe Ebrey, as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to attract more women into the profession. Globally, women account for just one in 20 of the world’s pilots. easyJet is leading the industry with its recruitment drive with opportunities ranging from cadet pilots starting their career to experienced co-pilots and captains.
easyJet is encouraging young people to aim high and think beyond stereotypes by championing female pilots of the future. The airline is on track for the target to ensure 20 per cent of all its new trainee pilots are women by 2020, with 15% of entrants in 2017 being female.