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President Bio’s Daughter Makes History, Becomes the first Sierra Leonean Female Pilot

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President Bio's Daughter Makes History, Becomes the first Sierra Leonean Female Pilot
President Bio's Daughter Makes History, Becomes the first Sierra Leonean Female Pilot

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Michaella Vandetta is a pioneer in the aviation industry, having become the first female pilot in the country. She holds a Private Pilot License (PPL) for multiple engines and is currently in the process of obtaining her Commercial Pilot License (CPL).

Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Vandetta had a passion for aviation from a young age. She often watched planes fly overhead and dreamed of one day flying them herself. However, at the time, there were no female pilots in Sierra Leone, making it seem like an impossible dream.

Vandetta who is the daughter of president Bio the current president in Sierra Leone was determined to pursue her dream. She worked hard to obtain her PPL, which she achieved in 2019. This was a significant accomplishment, not only because she became Sierra Leone’s first female pilot, but also because it was a challenging and rigorous process.

A PPL is a license that allows a pilot to fly small aircraft for non-commercial purposes. It requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, including a certain number of hours of solo flight, and passing a series of written and practical exams. Vandetta’s PPL for multiple engines means that she is qualified to fly aircraft with more than one engine.

Now, Vandetta is working towards obtaining her CPL, which will allow her to fly larger aircraft for commercial purposes. This license requires additional flight time, more advanced training, and passing more rigorous exams. Once she obtains her CPL, Vandetta will be able to pursue a career as a commercial pilot and open up new opportunities for herself and other women in Sierra Leone who aspire to become pilots.

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Vandetta’s achievement has not gone unnoticed, and she has received recognition across the country. Numerous of blogs have posted her achievement online thus giving a mindset of pursuit to other women.

Vandetta’s accomplishment is not only significant for Sierra Leone but also for women in the aviation industry worldwide. The aviation industry has traditionally been male-dominated, and women pilots are still a minority. Vandetta’s achievement shows that women can excel in this field, and her story can inspire other women to pursue their dreams, regardless of the barriers they may face.

Finally, Michaella Vandetta is a trailblazer who has broken barriers and shattered stereotypes in Africa’s aviation industry. Her passion, determination, and hard work have made her the country’s first female pilot, and her pursuit of a CPL will open up even more opportunities for her and other women in the industry.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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