UK's youngest female balloon pilot picks up her licence
A 17-year-old from Northwood in Middlesex has become the UK's youngest female qualified hot air balloon pilot.
As the daughter of Kenneth Karlstrom, Managing Director and Chief Pilot of Virgin Balloon Flights, Milli Karlstrom took her first balloon flight at the age of two. She picked up her licence on her 17th birthday, having just completed her training.
Ian Chadwick, Balloon Inspector at the CAA, said: "Milli has worked very hard to obtain her licence and it is a testament to her commitment that she has qualified at such a young age. It is great to see young people taking up hot air ballooning and we wish her all the best for the future."
To qualify as a balloon pilot, an applicant has to complete a minimum of six flights including a final test flight with an examiner, as well as passing a written examination in aviation law, navigation, meteorology, balloon systems and human performance.
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