- James Bushe's dream of becoming a commercial pilot has finally been realised
- Bushe was denied the opportunity to become a commercial pilot in 2017 because he was HIV positive
- The 31-year-old pilot has now acquired his licence and flown a commercial plane, having become a pilot for Scottish airline Loganair
James Bushe has finally achieved his dreams to become a commercial pilot after receiving his licence and flying a commercial plane, defeating the discrimination that he experienced due to his HIV status.
Bushe became the first HIV positive person to acquire a commercial pilot's licence and fly a commercial plane in Europe, Independent reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the 31-year-old pilot was denied the opportunity to become a commercial pilot in 2017 due to his HIV status.
He was not allowed to accept a place on an easyJet pilot training scheme at the time because he was HIV positive.
Before now, the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) interpretation of rules laid out by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) dictated that qualified pilots who contracted HIV could continue to fly, but applicants living with HIV could not obtain the medical certificate needed to train to become a pilot.
After CAA overturned the policy, Bushe flew a commercial flight from Glasgow to Stornoway on Saturday, January 11, having become a pilot for Scottish airline Loganair.
Bushe said: “I just wanted to be able to deliver a message to anyone else living with HIV who has been discriminated against, who faces barriers to employment or who wants to be a pilot, to say to them that it absolutely is possible."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerian cross-dresser, James Brown, known as ‘they didn’t caught me’, took to social media to deny that he was HIV positive.
Recall that James Brown became known to many Nigerians after he was arrested alongside others and paraded by the police on the suspicion of being gay.
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