Two local females fly aircraft alone for the first time

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Capt Linda Tito Owen (Left) & (Right) First Officer Patricia Avosa preparing for their first ever flight together on the Twin Otter this morning.

Solomon Airlines this morning achieved another milestone in its gender empowerment efforts when two of its very own local female pilots, Captain Linda Tito Owen and First Officer Patricia Avosa were for the very first time took to the domestic skies together on the twin otter aircraft H4-FSI.

Out on the tarmac to witness the momentous occasion were Solomon Airlines management and staff.

A statement from the Solomon Airlines’ Human Resources Department states that although women make up the majority of the work force in the tourism industry, the aviation industry is largely male dominated.

Ideas of occupational image means that in today’s Aircraft, women are often confined to working in the customer service or cabin steward roles instead of the cockpit, however the Solomon Airlines can proudly attest to the fact that they do take gender equality with vigor and enthusiasm as part of their overall human resource development strategy.

When asked to describe how they feel about their roles as pilots in the national carrier, Capt Linda and First Officer Patricia’s response was that typical Solomon Islands response, a very big smile saying “we just love to do our job to serve our people to the best of our abilities but of course with safety as our number one”.

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Ednal Palmer is a former Chief Reporter and Assistant Editor of The Solomon Star Newspaper. Seeing the need to have an active Online News Service for the growing internet users in and outside of the Solomon Islands, he took the bold step in initiating this leading Online News Service.