Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Earlier this month, six year old Adam Mohammad Amer of Egyptian-Moroccan origin, surprised pilots onboard an Etihad Airways flight from Morocco to Abu Dhabi by giving detailed procedural accounts of aircraft operating systems and demonstrating a deep understanding of emergency procedures.
Captain Samer Yakhlef,
through the consent of the family, filmed the encounter and posted it to his
media social channels. The young boy’s outstanding knowledge of intricate
aircraft operations endeared him to the public with views of over six million
on social media.
As a result, Etihad
Airways invited Adam to the Etihad Airways Training Centre to undergo pilot
training for a day. The six-year-old was dressed in a specially made pilot uniform
and went through several Airbus A380 simulator sessions.
Captain Majed Al
Marzouqi, Etihad Airways Vice President Flight Operations, said, “Seeing Adam’s
enthusiasm reminds me of my own as a young boy, with dreams of becoming a
pilot. It really is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with the children
of our community. Adam shows incredible intellect and knowledge, having learned
complex operational procedures from YouTube videos. I hope he has enjoyed his
day in the life of a pilot and that it encourages him to pursue his passion
when he is older.”