First women pilots of Vietnam
These girls, aged from 18 to 25, did compete with thousands of males and pass all the tuff rounds of examination. Even by now, they are still excited and surprised at this inspiring examination. To enroll men pilots is as hard “to pan sand for gold”, but it is even much harder to take in women pilots as “to find a needle in the seabed”.
For year 2004-2005, there are totally 4,500 candidates nationwide applied for pilot training course. After all the rounds of examination, only 28 candidates are selected (22 males & 6 females). The candidates find hard to pass the third round with the highest demand of health such as eyes, skin, brain, mentality, heart and otolaryngology… At this round, you will definitely be dropped if you have any scar on your skin or a fissure in teeth. Particularly, when going through tests of centrifugal spinning and atmospheric pressure, many candidates got serious vomit or ear-blood impulse, fast heartbeat and mental confusion.
Everyday, at 5.30am, the 6 girls start a new day with jogging, playing badminton, skipping rope, swimming… until getting sweat. They have a full training timetable for the whole day. In general, they have to take 18-75 hours for one subject, particularly 309 hours for physical training.
The training content is mainly on specialized English and knowledge of aeronautics including aerodynamics, aerometeorography, aeronautical technical systems, plane features and load balance. These subjects are so comprehensive and extremely pressurized that, sometimes in the middle of the class, some one would get out to cry for a while to release their stress and worry. Everyday they spend 2 hours for physical training including: direction awareness after take - off, nerve reflex through specialized sports of spinning and ladder…
Head of Trainees Management Department Nguyen Thanh Son (who has finished the flying course in
All these 6 women pilot trainees share the same determination of making the choice and never giving up. one day, their names will be written on the sky as the first women pilots of