Meet England’s only canine copilot! Callie, a three-year-old chocolate labrador, is the only dog in the UK recognised by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots’ Association (AOPA). Having now accrued over 250 flying hours, she’s earned an official crew card that enables her to pass through Crew Only channels at airports alongside her human, private pilot Graham Mountford.
The two of them fly around the UK together every weekend in Mountford’s Cessna 210 Centurion light aircraft. Callie has her own special goggles, hat, fluorescent jacket, and a hardness to strap her into the cockpit beside Graham. After each landing, she’s rewarded with a tasty sausage. They’ve been doing this since Callie was a three-month-old puppy and so far they’ve traveled more than 50,000 miles together.
Mr Mountford said: ‘I used to go flying with friends, but when we got Callie three years ago I thought it would be fun to take her up in the plane with me. I bought some small ear protectors for her to wear and the first time we just taxied around the airport to make sure she enjoyed it. It all went well so we then went on a short flight and she took it all in her stride and seemed very happy.’
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