Government Flying Service - Aircraft Technician(2)
Government Flying Service
While there are more female pilots in the aviation industry in recent decades, those working in aviation mechanics and technical operations are traditionally male-dominated. But there is one young woman who embraced the challenge of becoming an aircraft technician years ago and went on to join the Government Flying Service as its first female aircraft technician.
The height of 1.54 metres may be considered short to some, but it is not enough to restrain Cherry Ko, the first female aircraft technician in the Government Flying Service, from pursuing a career in repairing aircraft.
Miss Ko is responsible for carrying out servicing, maintenance, repair and modification on all of the aircraft, components and systems.
“I need some help sometimes when I am not tall enough to reach higher parts. But I can squeeze into narrow spaces to make repairs and checks. I have small, but nimble hands,” Miss Ko said, adding this is why being smaller is a bonus in this particular role.
Miss Ko is not the only woman in the team now. Chan Wing-lam is the second female technician. After graduating from Texas A&M University, she joined the team last year.
“I always want to fix a helicopter. I think it is challenging. I could only take care of civil aircraft in a commercial company. That is why I joined the Government Flying Service,” Miss Chan said.
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