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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

First Female Captain in China Southern Airlines


In a pilot evaluation held by China Southern Airlines’ Guangzhou Flight Department on November 24th, Liu Yu Huan’s outstanding performance was approved and she is now captain of its A320 fleet, becoming the airline’s first female captain.
Liu Yuhuan, who was a sixth batch air-force pilot, comes from a family of pilots. She began flying in 1991, and her repertoire includes the CJ-6, AN-24, AN-26, Y-7, and several other aircraft. Her mother was a second batch air-force pilot. The mother and daughter team is unique in the history of Chinese aviation. Liu came to China Southern Airlines at the end of 2003 from an impressive air force career. With 5,500 hours on record, she passed the captain’s examination, upgrade training, and simulator tests. She then got through primary and secondary inspection during the one-year probation period, passed the pilot evaluation, and became captain. Liu appeared serene when she found out she would become captain. After the evaluation, she said, “I am self-confident and competent to be a captain, having passed through a series of rigorous training and examinations – but this is just the beginning – there will more challenges and more responsibility in future!”

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