Monday, November 15, 2021

Malayali pilot Bincy Johnson all set to conquer new heights

Arinalloor: Bincy Johnson was fascinated by plane trips from a young age. Since then, she started dreaming of flying the aircraft. When she heard her parents talking about sending her off to study medicine after Plus Two, she told them: “I want to be a pilot. Please don’t make me pursue any other course.”

Her father James Johnson and her mother Sobha Johnson stood by her wish. At the age of 19, the Arinalloor native secured her license from both New Zealand and Australia. She has finished the first phase of the Indian Pilot License. She currently lives with her brother Britto in Bengaluru preparing for the second phase.

“It is in India that the highest number of girls enter this field. There are 12 percent female pilots in India, whereas in many other countries it is only 4 percent. Although the expenses for pursuing the course are high, many have succeeded in this field by completing their education with the help of education loans,” says Bincy. “I can find a job as an instructor in New Zealand or Australia with this license. But my wish is to become an airline pilot.”

“Our family was settled in Saudi before. The plane trips that we used to take to our homeland and back are what intrigued me the most. I presented my dream before my parents when I felt that it was the right time. They supported me. I cannot express the happiness that I felt during my first take off on January 24. It was a moment of absolute joy in Arinalloor as well. I also feel happy when the people of my town refer to me as a ‘pilot’. My next dream is to land a flight in Thiruvananthapuram or in Nedumbassery.”

14/11/21 Mathrubhumi

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