Jade Vincent’s first taste of flying came at 15 years old when she experienced a landing from the flight deck of a Boeing 767. She went on to become a First Officer on that same aircraft and 26 years later says there’s still nothing more satisfying than the “perfect powder puff landing”.
“Being a pilot is about working together with a huge team of professionals to get people where they want to go safely and on time,” she says. She’s certain pilots have the best office in the world and a job full of challenge and satisfaction – not to mention rock star appeal among her kids’ friends.
“It took me years to finally see myself as an equal with the men in my job. I’ve always had strong support from other women in the industry, and now that I truly feel equal, I hope the next generation of women see themselves as equal right from the start.”
Her advice to girls who want to become pilots? “You can do it. It seems overwhelming, but just approach it one step at a time with the right support.”
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