Ellie Carter: UK's youngest pilot gets a career boost from mentor

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Ellie Carter standing outside a planeTaylor Herring

Say hello to 16-year old Ellie Carter.

Ellie hit headlines in January 2019 after she became the youngest pilot of a one-person aircraft in Britain.

She also became the youngest solo glider pilot, after completing two six-minute flights on her 14th birthday.

We first met Ellie when she was given the task of helping to guide the plane down safely at the Royal International Air Tattoo at the Fairford Air Show.

Now her hopes of making a career as a pilot has been given a boost after the airline company EasyJet offered her time with a mentor - Training Captain Zoe Ebrey.

Are there enough female pilots?
Ellie and Zoe EbreyTaylor Herring
Ellie with her mentor Training Captain Zoe Ebrey

Just one in 20 of the world's pilots are women.

So attracting and supporting young women into the profession is part of the airline's plan.

Ellie says: "I've been interested in the physics and powered flight from as young as I can remember. Flying absolutely amazes me and continues to surprise me."

"I hope that my story will encourage young girls to accomplish whatever they set their mind to, because if I can do it, so can they."

So what kind of pilot does Ellie want to be?
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WATCH: Ellie made her first solo flight on her 14th birthday. (Courtesy of BBC Radio 5 Live)

Ellie says she's interested becoming a U2 Dragon Lady pilot, which is part of a secret aerial reconnaissance squad in the US Air Force, being a a pilot instructor or even being a stunt pilot.

These are all things for Ellie to explore over the next year.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Majestic7

    19 Mar 2019 8:23
    Wow! Well done Ellie! Your story is so inspiring! Good luck!