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This 30-Year-Old Pilot Says She is The Youngest Woman in The World to Captain a Boeing 777

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Indian pilot Anny Divya claims to have become the youngest woman in the world to captain a Boeing 777. (www.businessinsider.com) Plus d'info...

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Scjemail44
Sam Johnson 3
I am happy for her. She had a dream and it came true for her. Congratulations young lady!
Moviela
Ric Wernicke 2
A lot of people cannot understand those who love to fly. This is clearly a pilot who loves it so much she has progressed to the left seat of a 77. I applaud her accomplishment and hope she continues to enjoy her career.

I am fortunate that my first instructor is a woman who not only taught me the rules and techniques to fly, but to "smell the roses" while doing it. My personal flying has always been a joy because of the lessons she taught beyond "fly the airplane."

Women in aviation is a good thing.
patpylot
patrick baker 2
most captains have flown the smaller jets- 737, 767, before being coronated as captain for 777. However the airline seniority system works, it seems just a little unusual. 30 years old- how many total hours in turbine aircraft is another fact we need to know here.
allench1
allench1 1
i respectfully disagree. 1. we do not need to know any more info. I am quite sure she is aware of all systems,protocols and flying skills. I am quite sure that she had to be qualified to be in that chair. she might have had a leg up by not having to forget conflicting systems. remember when boing changed the air condition ( i think) on the 737's which resulted in a crash.
30west
30west 2
I would hope that the training and evaluation curriculum at Air India is better in the B777 program than it was in its A320 program that graduated the "gear down wonder crew" mentioned in an earlier squawk.
allench1
allench1 1
I agree 30west. In my career I went through training as I moved through the elevations of planes, 707-DC 8-61,737,757,747series and it did take time to acquaint yourself in each model. I believe a young commercial pilot flying middle to heavy jet aircrafts with 1500 hours could move into a 747 no problem.
30west
30west 2
I never had enough seniority to fly the Seven-Four before my company retired that fleet. Those that I flew with that had flown it loved flying it, a gentle 750,000 +/- pound giant! Some referred to it as flying a very big C172, an huge exaggeration that made the point.
erisajd
erisajd 1
It was underpowered so it was prob just like flying a 172
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
You flew it?
allench1
allench1 0
Well said, my biggest joy would have been flying the kick-but 757. So much power and were great for smaller strips like in south america and the caribbean. Fun plane to hand fly. when I flew the 75 into the old Kai Tak airport on the checker Board approach diving down to the runway with a hard wind on the starboard side then holding the rudder with my right leg, kick the left rudder and dropping on the runway, ya that was cool when the wind would hit +35kt. Also hand flew every hour and a half you could literally feel a vibration if an engine had a problem throttle back each engine until you found the one that was going to cause a problem before it became a problem throttle it back to 25% inform maintenance save the engine take a little longer to arrive, have it replace before the next flight. the first officers that did not ask me what I was doing would no longer be in my right seat or receive a recommendation for captain. l,
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Where'd you fly the 75 from, going into Hong Kong?
allench1
allench1 1
where r u out of Thrustt
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
allench1
allench1 1
typo 747
allench1
allench1 1
HOTLANTA
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
That was a haul, ATL to HKG in a 75...
allench1
allench1 1
Around 18 to 20 hours. Dual crew.
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
allench1
allench1 1
typo on my part 747
allench1
allench1 1
ATLANTA BY THE WAY I RAN ACROSS AN OLD PICTURE OF Wayne bookout aka preacher1. still miss communication on here with him.
pkuffner
patrick Kuffner 1
I completely agree with you. Something doesn'T add up.
alexa320
alex hidveghy 0
Outside of the USA, pilot training and progression is not as rigid as we have here. What with ab initio schools which the US does not have, it is very feasible to see young pilots and Captains like this.
It's just harder in the US to progress - especially when you have to start over more than 3-4 times. Seniority is all fine and dandy but not for everyone. Just sayin'
pilot0987
pilot0987 1
Hopefully she remembers where the gear handle is
erisajd
erisajd 1
Interesting seniority list.
asegm08
Alcides Segovia 1
I would love to buy her dinner some day.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
I'll let her know, we're about to turn in for the night...
allench1
allench1 1
great response thrustt, my butt lost at least a pound from LMAO
Lesleychild
Lesley Child 1
Not retracting landing gear is rather a faux pas if you'll pardon my understatement, but just as not all men are idiots can we not be happy for this young lady?
allench1
allench1 1
I agree besides the safety pin could have been left in if maintenance had worked on the plane before the flight. I have found most early reports by the media are incomplete or just plain wrong.
JULESY
JULIAN MITCHELL 1
Why not just applaud her for her accomplishments and stop with all the wisecracks and digs about her competence? Go further east and you'll see some real cowboys, it's a wonder the pax all walk away in one piece sometimes, hang on, that's not always the case....
dtw757
mike SUT 1
Who cares? I was "Captain (Plane Commander) on a P-3 at age 24 with all sorts of goodies at my hands....there are thousands of 24 year old female "Captains (Aircraft Commanders" in the Military services around the world who fly everything from fighters to C-5s. How come we don't read all about their accomplishments? I'll tell you why....it's quite common these days.....now if she had walked on Mars or something....might be newsworthy.
30west
30west 1
Well said Mike. The military has gotten away from "the the first woman _____ pilot", fill in the blanks. When it is not newsworthy, it is a commonplace event. As it should be.
Cadefoster
Cade foster 1
Kinda scary thought with all the pilot problems Indian airlines have had, fights in cockpits, all women crew forgetting to put landing gear up, etc. Hope she was a former military pilot...
BrianL
BrianL 1
Indian run companies and data centers have a lot of security issues as well. Remember the Target data breach? Their data center is in India.

I work in IT and 1/3 of our staff is from India. Without getting into detail, but after working with many of them for a long time now, I'll just say I would not want to be on a plane with an Indian pilot.
Scjemail44
Sam Johnson 0
I care. Young women were flying all types of aircraft ferrying them around when they needed to be delivered to air bases. We men have finally come to realize that women are quite capable of doing something other than housework. And, if we are honest with ourselves, they are as good as and often better at the task than we men. Many years ago I met a women who trained a few military pilots how to get the most out the P51. Her name was Mary Fike. One of her students must have learned a bunch from her as he became quite an aerobatic pilot. His name was Bob Hoover.
Scjemail44
Sam Johnson 2
Her name is spelled FEIK. Google her name. She was quite a talented lady and extremely smart as well.
dtw757
mike SUT 1
That's my point Sam....women have been flying for years and doing it very well....and they didn't need to take it to the press to make a big deal out of it. If it wasn't for the women ferry/delivery pilots during the war who ferried everything from P-51s to B-29s, in all weather and wartime conditions...the instructors you mentioned;....good for her but is an article really necessary...is India Airlines the only airline with a 777 captain....young or old...what difference to aviation does it make? PShttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/air-india-forgotten-landing-gear-low-fuel/ oops. And I'm not picking on women...I'm picking on "read the after takeoff checklist, especially the check item that says landing gear". Noise from the nose gear was always a good indicator in the cockpit from most of the commercial aircraft I flew. the 747 being the exception.
pkuffner
patrick Kuffner 0
Good for her yes, but seriously, she is saying at 19yrs old she was flying International flights to the US? Im confused, how she would ever logged the flight time experience to do so. (perhaps I misunderstood what she said)

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