Mercy Mulayi a 19-year-old Ugandan trainee pilot has won a prestigious scholarship offered by a U.S. based Women Pilots’ Association, Ninety-Nines. Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots, which promotes advancement of aviation through education, and scholarships.
Mulayi is currently receiving training at the Kajjansi Flying School in Uganda, and her instructors consider her a talented and “natural pilot”. Mulayi hopes to receive her Private Pilots’ License (PPL) in six months before jetting off to enrol at one of the world’s most prestigious flight schools.
The opportunity puts her closer to her dream, to become a pilot with Uganda Defence Air Force (UPDAF).
The trainee pilot told the Observer that after she receives her Commercial Pilots’ License, she will not be flying commercial aircrafts, but will join Uganda’s air force, although she has strong reservations about being on the battle front.
“I told them that I was not necessarily going to be on the battle front,” Mulayi told the Observer.
Uganda’s aerial military service branch has shared its excitement at the prospect of the young protégé joining its ranks, “We shall be very happy to welcome you, Miss Mulayi, into the Uganda People’s Defence Airforce,” UPDAF wrote on its Facebook page.
Mulayi’s exciting and inspirational journey will certainly be a motivation to young girls across the continent to pursue their dreams, and spread their wings.