Gatwick EasyJet Pilot Kate McWilliams Becomes World’s Youngest Commercial Airline captain.

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The world’s youngest plane captain… who flies with the UK’s youngest pilot: Kate, 26, and Luke, 19, take charge of holiday flight from Gatwick to Malta

  • Kate McWilliams has become the world’s youngest commercial captain 
  • The 26 year old, from Carlisle, is a rising star at budget airline easyJet
  • She took up flying in the air cadets at 13 and made her first solo flight at 16 

youngest plane captain in the world Kate McWilliams (left, pictured with Luke Elsworth) has become the world’s youngest commercial captain at the age of 26

World’s youngest plane captain,Kate McWilliams who  made her first solo flight at age 16 as a teenage air cadet, has proved she is a real high flier – by becoming what is believed to be the world’s youngest commercial captain at the age of 26, according to easyJet. Kate began flying in the air cadets when she was 13 years old 

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Their combined ages are just 45. But that didn’t stop 26-year-old captain Kate McWilliams and her 19-year-old co-pilot Luke Elsworth from flying hundreds of passengers to their destinations this week.

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An easyJet spokesman said they believe Miss McWilliams (pictured) is the youngest commercial airline captain in the world

The young pilots world’s youngest plane captain manned a flight from London to Malta, after McWilliams earlier passed a course ascending to the rank of captain.

Their employer, the British carrier Easyjet, believes McWilliams has become the world’s youngest commercial airline captain — with co-pilot Elsworth also one of the country’s youngest co-pilots.
Of the 130,000 airline pilots worldwide, just 450 are female captains according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, and McWilliams has urged more women to join her ranks.
“I would strongly urge females interested in aviation to think about pursuing a career as a pilot, and any existing pilots to push themselves to become a captain,” said McWilliams.
“I joined the air cadets when I was 13 where I got plenty of flying experience,” said McWilliams, who first became interested in planes after attending an air show at age four.
“I didn’t imagine a career in commercial aviation as I didn’t know any commercial pilots who I could ask for advice,” added McWilliams, who is based at London’s Gatwick Airport. “I never even thought it could be an option available to me.”
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Young wizkid: Easyjet pilots Luke Elsworth and Kate McWilliams.
At 19, McWilliams began a CTC Aviation training course, and two years later started working as a first officer with British airline carrier Easyjet. The first officer is often referred to as the co-pilot of an aircraft, and is in effect the second-in-command to the captain.
Julie Westhorp of the British Women Pilots’ Association said she hoped McWiliams’ achievement “inspires more women to consider pursuing a career in aviation.
“It clearly demonstrates to other young women that it is possible to succeed as a pilot in commercial aviation,” she added.
EX: CNN

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