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First woman to apply as an air force pilot

Pattani native Ms Suwattana Chanthalert is the first woman to apply for the job as a pilot of the Royal Thai Air Force at the RTAF museum on Monday.

She told reporters that she has always dreamed of becoming an air force pilot and is confident that she is as qualified as men for the job.

woman pilotAir Vice Marshal Pongsak Semachai, director of the office of policy and planning of the Directorate of Civil Affairs of the RTAF, said he didn’t expect high turnout of applicants this year due to the high qualifications requirement which include physical fitness, at least 162 cm tall, a commercial aviation license, level 4 English proficiency as set by ICAO and without criminal record.

According to the Office of Civil Aviation of Thailand, there have been 92 women with commercial pilot’s licenses during 2003-2016 compared to about 5,000 male commercial pilots.

Application for air force pilots remains open until Sunday after which there will be a written test and physical fitness test. Result will be known in May. The successful applicants will have to study for one year in order to be eligible to become air force pilots.

Thai PBS

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