RBAirF keen to train more female pilots

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) is keen to train more female officers to become pilots, said the squadron commander of the Flying Training School at No 7 Wing.

Major (U) Pg Mohd Zulhusmi Pg Mohd Roslan, on the sidelines of a wings presentation ceremony at the Rimba Air Force Base yesterday, said he observed a growing interest in flight training among women in recent years.

He added they were likely inspired by Captain (U) Dk Nur Azriana Pg Hassanan who made history in 2012 when she became the sultanate’s first female pilot.

While there is budding interest, he said only one other female officer is due to complete her flight training by the end of the year. However, the squadron commander assured aspiring female pilots there is no gender bias in the selection process.

“If they meet the requirements, then they’re eligible (for flight training). There is no difference in tests for either males or females,” he said.

In order to become a pilot in the RBAirF, he explained the interested individual will need to undergo military training at the Officer Cadet School and be commissioned as an officer prior to sitting for a series of tests to determine their suitability for pilot training.

“The armed forces will still employ female pilots, so there’s no stop to that... They will all go through the same process as the male pilots,” said Major (U) Pg Mohd Zulhusmi.

The Brunei Times