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Yasmine is a very special person. At the age of twenty-seven she is a pilot with DRING flying company, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines. Globally, only 2% of pilots are female, so Yasmine 1 has had to show great courage and determination to realise her dream of flying passengers all over the planet. ‘Women 2 to be in the cockpit,’ she says, ‘particularly in this part of the world.’
So how did she make it? For her twenty-‑ first birthday present she was given flying lessons and within six months she had been accepted onto the DRING pilot training scheme.
A lot of hard work 3 but she made good progress and got a lot of support from her male classmates. ‘A pilot 4 to make a lot of quick decisions and a calm manner 5 , particularly when flying in bad weather,’ Yasmine goes on.
‘Good communication skills 6 because you are constantly in communication with your co-pilot and air-trac control, for which good knowledge of 7 .
’ Many passengers are surprised to see that Yasmine is their pilot and this adds a little pressure. ‘As a woman I feel I 8 an even better job so that I make a good impression not just for the airline but for my gender.
I feel there 9 more female pilots and that I am a role model for girls who might want to follow the same career.
Many people think that my job working on a trawler is dangerous but my employers 1 are intended / are required / must to do a thorough risk assessment to make sure it is as safe as possible. We are away for up to two weeks at a time because we are 2 expected / known / wanted to come back to port only when we have caught our target weight of fi sh. We 3 are / have to / need work twelve to fourteen hours a day and an ability to work even when seasick is 4 definite / optional / mandatory . Strength and good balance are 5 fine / essential / useless and 6 you can / you’ve got / you must to be able to work as part of a team. Sleeping facilities are limited so a willingness to share bunks is 7 good / needy / vital . We live and work in close proximity to each other so a good sense of humour is also a 8 rule / use / requirement .
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