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Meet the female WestJet pilot Emilie Christine who has propelled herself to Instagram fame

This is the female pilot who has propelled herself to Instagram fame after sharing pictures of her globetrotting adventures.

First officer Emilie Christine, 31, from Toronto, Canada, has over 38,000 followers on social media.

She got her commercial pilot’s licence in 2012 and now works for Canadian airline WestJet.

Canadian pilot Emilie Christine, who has over 38,000 followers on Instagram after sharing pictures of her globetrotting

Emilie has been a pilot for eight years after getting her licence in 2011. She got her commercial pilot's licence in 2012

Emilie has been a pilot for eight years after getting her licence in 2011. She got her commercial pilot’s licence in 2012

Emilie shares pictures of her travels around the world. Here she is pictured posing on the beach in Antigua

Emilie on rocks on the Croatian coast

Emilie shares pictures of her travels around the world. She is pictured posing on the beach in Antigua, left, and on rocks in Croatia, right 

Emilie only decided in her mid-20s that she was going to pursue a career in flying. She is pictured here canoeing in Croatia, one of the latest of the 35 countries she has visited

Emilie only decided in her mid-20s that she was going to pursue a career in flying. She is pictured here canoeing in Croatia, one of the latest of the 35 countries she has visited 

One of the things Emilie loves most about her career are the travel opportunities. She is pictured here in Rwanda

One of the snaps Emilie has shared on Instagram. It shows her in Australia

One of the things Emilie loves most about her career is the travel opportunities. She is pictured in Rwanda, left, and in Australia right 

Emilie says she loves everything about her career, from the travel opportunities to meeting different people in the industry.

And although she doesn’t feel like she has been discriminated against due to her gender, Emilie says she feels like she has to work harder to prove herself when competing for jobs.

She said: ‘I absolutely love exploring and traveling and being able to reach the entire world makes me feel so free.

‘The feeling of flying is almost priceless. It seems like your problems or worries are smaller. Things are simpler. I appreciate the greater and bigger things in life. It’s a sense of freedom for me.

Emelie said: 'I absolutely love exploring and traveling and being able to reach the entire world makes me feel so free'

Emelie said: ‘I absolutely love exploring and traveling and being able to reach the entire world makes me feel so free’ 

On her latest trip, Emilie visited Croatia, which she says is one of her favourite countries.

Emilie in Croatia

On her latest trip, Emilie visited Croatia, which she says is one of her favourite countries. She is pictured left and right at two sites in the country 

So far, Emilie has visited countries including Iceland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Peru, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Republic of the Congo, Australia and the Bahamas

So far, Emilie has visited countries including Iceland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Peru, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Republic of the Congo, Australia and the Bahamas

‘It feels very empowering to know that I’ve made it this far in this industry, but it is thanks to all the women ahead who have paved the path for all of us. I studied and did the work required, just like everyone else, but hopefully as more women get into aviation, it will get less daunting, less intimidating and possibly less challenging for more to get into flying.

‘I hope to help more women achieve those dreams and hopefully I can look back and see I’ve made even the smallest difference.

‘I can’t say I’ve explicitly ran into problems myself due to my gender, but I know that I have been treated differently due to it. As an example, I know the feeling all too well of being the only woman in the room.

‘Whether it be in ground school working towards my initial pilot licences or being one of two ladies in my initial ground school with my current employer. That in itself doesn’t seem like much, but as a woman who is still working on her confidence and self-esteem, it can be very challenging to stick out that way.

Emilie flies a Dash 8-Q400 plane and has anywhere between 12 and 16 flights each week.

Talking about her career, Emilie said: 'It feels very empowering to know that I've made it this far in this industry, but it is thanks to all the women ahead who have paved the path for all of us'

Talking about her career, Emilie said: ‘It feels very empowering to know that I’ve made it this far in this industry, but it is thanks to all the women ahead who have paved the path for all of us’ 

Emilie poses next to a flight simulator

Emilie had been working as a massage therapist but then decided to become a pilot

Emilie had been working as a massage therapist but then decided to become a pilot. She is pictured next to a flight simulator, left, and in her pilot uniform, right 

Emilie flies a Dash 8-Q400 plane and has anywhere between 12 and 16 flights each week. She works for Canadian airline Westjet

Emilie flies a Dash 8-Q400 plane and has anywhere between 12 and 16 flights each week. She works for Canadian airline Westjet

When it comes to being a pilot, Emilie says: 'It may seem overwhelming, like you can't see the end or like it's too challenging, but if you keep going, every single day, you'll be amazed at how far you've come when you look back'

When it comes to being a pilot, Emilie says: ‘It may seem overwhelming, like you can’t see the end or like it’s too challenging, but if you keep going, every single day, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come when you look back’ 

So far, Emilie has visited countries including Iceland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Peru, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Republic of the Congo, Australia and the Bahamas.

Her favourite trip so far was to Croatia last year and she is planning to explore Tanzania and hike Kilimanjaro later this year.

She added: ‘I recognise that yes, becoming a pilot is an expensive undertaking, but I prioritise traveling for myself as a learning tool and opportunity to grow, so as to better serve my current and future co-workers, our guests, my partner and family, as well as nowadays, my community and followers.

‘As for women, or anyone, trying to get into this industry just don’t give up. Failure will happen, but failure is only true failure if you don’t get back up. I’ve “failed” numerous times (flight tests, written exams), but continuously try and get back to it, as that is true success in my eyes.

‘It may seem overwhelming, like you can’t see the end or like it’s too challenging, but if you keep going, every single day, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come when you look back.’



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