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27-year-old lady makes history as the first Black female pilot in Canada

A 27-year-old woman named Zoey Williams has made history as the first black female pilot in Canada.

Zoey from Ontario, Canada is the is first Black female pilot to fly a Boeing 777 at Air Canada. Even with her passion and dedication to the aviation industry, she has also earned four college degrees , including three from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, United States.

She said her childhood was marked by travels across the globe growing up as a daughter of a pilot. Zoey said that she was initially hesitant about staying a career in piloting due to the unpredictable schedules.

This made her shift her focus to the engineering side of aviation, she said in an interview with Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University. Zoey said it was after a terrifying experience during a flight that she decided to confront her fear and pursue flight training.

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Zoey obtained her wings as a certified flight instructor, setting the stage for a remarkable career in aviation at the age of 19. She stated that she navigated through various roles, including flying the challenging Beechcraft 1900.

Zoey also served as a First Officer for Sky Regional Airlines and later transitioned to Air Transat. She said even though the pandemic brought disruptions, she remained determined.

She has obtained a master of Business in Aviation from Embry-Riddle and flying a Boeing 737 for Flair Airlines. Beyond her aviation accomplishments, Zoey has also received notable awards and recognition.

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Zoey earned a spot among the Top 20 Under 40 by Wings Magazine and was featured in videos by Air Canada and the Elevate Aviation 2023 Women of Inspire.  She actively showcases her musical skills on various platforms.

She is also making her mark as an author with her upcoming book“Go Where You Belong,” aimed at inspiring young minds to pursue their passions. 

“If you have a burning desire to do something, don’t bury it. Keep your focus, build your networks, share your goals, and show your passion in everything you do. That’s how you can end up doing things you love day in and day out,” she said.

 

 

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