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Jane is the first woman pilot in South Africa  to command a wide-body airliner. She started flying in Cape Town in 1982, earned her commercial pilot's licence, then gained experience flying in SWA-Namibia during the "Bush War".

Jane joined her airline in 1988, aged 23, into a somewhat sceptical male environment. She had many proud moments with female firsts in South African aviation, but also made mistakes negotiating her way as a woman in a man's world.

She had to learn for herself how to overcome the challenges, even though as she advanced in her career, they grew with her! 
As a speaker, she shares what she learnt from her experiences, with meaning for everyone in this transforming world.


Professional Milestones:

Jane in the cockpit of the B747-400

1993:

First female pilot in SA qualified to fly the Boeing 747-400

All-female crew; l-r Jolyn, Ntombi, Emma, Jane, Bessie, Merel

2001:

B737 captain. Commander of first SA all-female Boeing crew

L-R: Jolyn Visser, Ntombi Hewu, Emma Nel, Jane, Bessie Nkwe, F/O Merel van der Merwe

Mentorship program launch: l-r Wayne Westoby, Dr Bongani Khumalo, Jane, Eric Manentsa

2002 – 2005:

Developer and Chair, Pilot's Association Mentorship Programme

L-R: Wayne Westoby,
Dr Bongani Khumalo (former Transnet chair), Jane, Eric Manentsa

Jane with an Airbus 340 in the background, down in the technical area

2007:

A340 captain. First woman pilot in SA to command long-range international flights
 

 

 

For other momentous events in Jane's career, you will have to hear her speak!

 

 

 

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