Record-breaking young pilot offered EasyJet job

A teenage girl believed to be Europe’s youngest female solo pilot is to be mentored by EasyJet.

Ellie Carter made headlines in January when she flew a light aircraft alone just three days after her 16th birthday.

She will be mentored by a female captain at EasyJet as part of the airline’s efforts to attract more women to become professional pilots.

Ellie from Devon in England said: ‘I’ve been interested in powered flight from as young as I can remember.

‘Flying absolutely amazes me and continues to surprise me and so I can see how rewarding a career as a pilot could be.

‘I hope that my story will encourage young girls to accomplish whatever they set their mind to, because if I can do it, so can they.

‘I’m overwhelmed with the support I’ve had from the public and ecstatic that EasyJet have offered me this opportunity which will help me on my way to pursuing the career of my dreams. I can’t wait to get started.’

EasyJet is aiming for 20% of its new trainee pilots to be women by 2020, up from 15% in 2017.

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