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Unread post30 Nov 2019, 00:53

Behold Nigeria’s first female fighter pilot Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni
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Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni, a woman driven by excellence, has made history becoming the country’s first female fighter pilot, reports OKODILI NDIDI, Abuja
Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni can easily pass as any other young lady in her mid-twenties. Slender and soft-spoken, with a feminine look that tends to suggest an over-pampered girl-child, but behind this façade lies an uncommon and daring spirit.
Miss Sani described herself as driven by the quest to explore every available opportunity to prove that women could excel in a seemingly male-dominated profession like flying fighter jets.
Winged alongside another first helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile and 11 others, Sanni became the first female fighter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force since it was formed 55 years ago.
Speaking with reporters shortly after the historic event at the Air Marshal MD Umar Blue Room at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, Sanni, said she chose to be a fighter pilot because of the passion to test her strength among men.
According to the pilot, who was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 2012, “My inspiration comes from the passion of being very active and testing my strength among men and trying to see how far I can go with what men do. Along the line, I found out that joining the Armed Force was one of the things that was going to project me.”
She advised young women to pursue their passion without fear or intimidation from the menfolk.
In his speech at the winging ceremony, the NAF Chief of Training and Operations, Air Vice-Marshal Oladayo Amao, said the first-ever female fighter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force was trained at the United States Air Force under the prestigious Aviation Leadership Programme from January 31, 2018 to August 16, 2019.
According to him, “In line with one of the key drivers of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, which is ‘human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance’, the Nigerian Air Force has continued to train personnel to meet her professional needs, particularly, the need for more pilots to man the ever-increasing platforms in the NAF inventory.
“These new pilots would no doubt boost the pilot manning needs of the Service as their deployment to the various NAF platforms would enhance the fulfilment of the constitutional roles of the Nigerian Air Force, especially in the ongoing operations in the North East and North West.”
He added: “The 13 newly winged pilots comprise 12 helicopter and one fixed wing Pilots. Similarly, the officers that attended Westline Aviation Limited, South Africa, commenced their flying training on August 20, 2018 and completed the course on September 10, 2019. Flying training for the Nigerian Air Force Student Pilots at Starlite International Training Academy in South Africa was conducted from August 9, 2018 to October 12, 2019.
“Notwithstanding this achievement, the Nigerian Air Force will continue to collaborate with allied countries to train personnel to meet her operational needs. As we speak, there are 12 student pilots undergoing training in the United States of America comprising; two at the United States Air Force for the Undergraduate Pilot Training and 10 student pilots at Civic Helicopters undergoing Basic Helicopter training, while two student pilots are currently undergoing basic flying training at the Indian Air Force.
“Also, four student pilots are being processed for Combat helicopter pilot training at the United States Army Aviation, Fort Rucker. Furthermore, 10 student pilots have been processed for Military-Style Rotary Wing Pilot Training at Cobham Aviation Services in the United Kingdom. Most of the trainings are tailored towards ensuring that the pilots, on graduation, are mission ready.”
He said 22, 841 personnel have been trained in different specialties at both home and abroad in the last four years.
“It is worthy of mention that the NAF under the leadership of Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar DFS has trained 22, 841 personnel comprising 2, 414 foreign trained and 20, 427 locally trained personnel in different specialties in the last four years. This is unprecedented in the history of NAF. All these go to reinforce the CAS’ drive to improve the professionalism of Nigerian Air Force personnel through deliberate and targeted specialist trainings,” he said.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Abubakar described Sanni and Arotile as outstanding aviators.
He said the NAF was winging the first female fighter pilot since its formation 55 years ago.
Air Marshal Abubakar said: “It is common knowledge that of all resources available to a leader or manager, the human resource is the most important. This is because the human resource drives all other resources pursuant to the attainment of organisational objectives. It is on this consideration that the NAF spares nothing at developing its human resource capital.
“This desire for excellence is even more compelling in the face of current and perceived future national security challenges. Accordingly, NAF has continued to invest in human capacity building, since the Service is a veritable instrument for maintenance of national security. The NAF will continue to discharge her constitutional responsibility of protecting Nigeria’s sovereignty and integrity by air.
“Our records indicate that as at today, we have trained a total of 67 Instructor pilots since 2015. Furthermore, with the winging of these pilots today, the NAF would have winged a total of 101 pilots within the same period. Currently, we have 61 pilots undergoing basic flying training, while 50 are undergoing various forms of advanced flying training courses both locally and abroad. As such, we are highly delighted to see the rewards of our collective efforts.
“I am confident that the NAF and indeed Nigeria will soon be reaping the benefits that these pilots would undoubtedly add to our operations,” he said.
Air Marshal Abubakar added that, “In a bid to consolidate on our gains on the fighter aircraft stream and our force projection outlook, all hands have been on deck to increase the number of serviceable L-39ZA aircraft for basic fighter training. Also, increased serviceability of the A-Jets has inspired continuous advance fighter training locally. More so, with the NAF preparing to receive two additional helicopter gunships, our counterinsurgency efforts will soon be greatly enhanced.
“Furthermore, it is envisaged that with the induction of the Super Tucano A29 aircraft into the NAF inventory, our fighter training efforts will also be greatly enhanced. All these are complemented by ongoing efforts at reactivating grounded aircraft locally with our technical partners, which has improved our maintenance capabilities and afforded our technicians the opportunity to benefit from on-the-job training. These achievements have saved the nation scarce resources.”
The special guest of honour at the occasion and Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen, in her brief remarks, stated that “It is obvious that the Chief of the Air Staff is providing the right leadership and guidance to ensure the realisation of the primary key driver of his vision, which is hinged on human capacity development. We are indeed proud of the milestones reached by the NAF and the achievements of the Chief of the Air Staff.
“I am aware that with this winging ceremony, the Nigerian Air Force would have winged a total of over 110 pilots since the inception of his administration. This is indeed worthy of commendation and further demonstrates the preparedness of the Nigerian Air Force towards meeting our national security needs.
“I am convinced that the pilots being winged today will put in their best and contribute their quota towards consolidating the success attained in eliminating current security challenges in the Northeast and Northwest as well as communal clashes, kidnapping and armed banditry.”
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Unread post01 Dec 2019, 21:23

How Female Police Helicopter Pilot Suits Up For Sky Patrolling? Meet NYPD Pilot Laura Zbikowski
This NYPD helicopter pilot spends her days patrolling the Manhattan skyline and going on search and rescue missions. See how Laura Zbikowski gets Up With theSkimm.... literally.
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Unread post03 Dec 2019, 16:51

LOL.
A lot of very talented pilots here but I still prefer them out of uniform.
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Unread post05 Dec 2019, 04:44

First South Korean female pilots become battalion commanders
04 Dec 2019 Hyo-Ju Son hjson @ THE DONG-A ILBO

"The three female pilots, who were dubbed the “first female red mufflers” for becoming the first South Korean women to enter the Air Force Academy, have become the first female battalion commanders.

They are Lt. Col. Pyeon Bo-ra of the 3rd Flying Training Wing, Lt. Col. Jang Se-jin of the 5th Air Mobility Wing, and Lt. Col. Park Ji-yeon of the 16th Fighter Wing, according to the Air Force on Tuesday. Jang was inaugurated as battalion commander on Tuesday while the other two are expecting an inauguration within this month.

A flight battalion commander is a commander, who is in charge of operations and drills at a battalion and trains junior pilots. The air force operations command (AFOC) selects battalion commanders based on their capabilities and qualifications as a leader.

The three are the first female cadets, who joined the Air Force Academy in 1997, and have become battalion commanders 17 years after they completed the advanced flight training course in 2002. Lt. Col. Pyeon became the first South Korean female fighter pilot in 2003 and has flied A-37 attack aircrafts. She became the first woman to compete in the Boramae Midair Shooting Competition in 2007 and won the grand prize in the low-altitude shooting category. Pyeon became the first female flight instructor in 2007. She mainly flies domestic trainer aircraft KT-1 and has a total flight time of 1,440 hours. “I’ll do my best to be a battalion commander, who works with my battalion members to fulfill our goal to defend the national airspace,” said Pyeon.

Lt. Col. Jang became the first female transport plane pilot in 2002 and has flied CN-235 transport plane. She has a total flight time of 2,600 hours. In 2010, she became the first female pilot in the Air Force to become an instructor pilot (IP). She became the first woman in the Air Force to win the grand prize in the airdrop category at the 2017 Boramae Midair Shooting Competition. Jang also became the first woman in the Air Force to become a group captain in 2016. “I’ll keepin mind the impact my actions will have on the future of my fellow pilots,” said Jang.

Lt. Col. Park became the first female fighter pilot in 2003 with Lt. Col. Pyeon. Having been flied F-5 fighter jets, Park became the first female flight leader in 2007. She mainly flies domestic fighter jet FA-50 and has a total flight time of 1,800 hours. “I’ll always stay humble and give my best in doing my job as well as taking care of people around me,” said Park."



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Unread post05 Dec 2019, 04:48

[Photo] S. Korean air force produces first female squadron leaders
03 Dec 2019 KST

"South Korea’s military, which marked its 70th anniversary this year, has produced its first female flight squadron leaders. Squadron leaders in the South Korean air force are responsible for leading operations and training pilots, making it a significant leadership role. The squadron leaders are Air Force lieutenant colonels Pyeon Bo-ra, Park Ji-yeon, and Jang Se-jin."

Photos: "Lieutenant colonel Pyeon Bo-ra" http://flexible.img.hani.co.kr/flexible ... 361863.jpg & "Lieutenant colonel Park Ji-yeon" http://flexible.img.hani.co.kr/flexible ... 361863.jpg & "Lieutenant colonel Jang Se-jin" http://flexible.img.hani.co.kr/flexible ... 361863.jpg


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