First woman pilot of
Vietnamese airline is a Filipino
By Azer N.Parrocha
MANILA, Oct 8 (PNA) -- Filipino pilot Capt. Antonette Ortiz Parocha has
made history by being the first female co-pilot of Vietnam’s privately-owned
new-age airline, Viet Jet Air (VietJet), airport authorities said on
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said that Parocha
paid a courtersy call to CAAP director general William Hotchkiss III on
Thursday after submitting her application for Airline Transport Pilot
This, CAAP said, is a requirement before taking the ATPL, or the
highest-level pilot license that allows the license holder to fly
professionally as a pilot in command of multi-crew aircraft with any
commercial airline company.
Certified pilot licenses are categorized under four classes: Student Pilot
license (SPL), Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL),
and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), CAAP noted.
Parocha, has logged over 5,000 flying hours. The minimum requirement is to
accumulate 1,500 flying hours.
A native of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, Parocha graduated from Patts Collage
of Aeronautics in 2001 and Flight School International in 2005.
She meanwhile expressed hope that she will pass the exam she will take this
month and soon become a commercial pilot. (PNA)