She says: “I love my work and am so grateful to have had the chance to travel and experience the world. Training and starting my own company was challenging at times but I’ve always liked a challenge. I’ve never seen the world as divided by what a man and what a woman can or can’t do. I find that to be quite a retrograde view for society to define us.
We are the same as men – we have two arms, two legs and a brain, perhaps even a better brain!
I especially enjoy seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they see a woman in the pilot’s seat. I think we still have a long way to go for total acceptance of female pilots and the elimination of prejudices.
I come from a modest background and worked throughout my training which took four years. It was a long and gruelling process and there was some gender bias. Sometimes I failed, but I never gave up.
I’m very proud to have started my own helicopter operation, initially in Croatia and I then took over a company in Montenegro and made a success of it.
I’ve fought very hard to be where I am. I’m still fighting. I believe that in life you never stop learning, loving, dreaming and fighting.
My #choosetochallenge is for women to team with other women to fight against inequality and in my profession as a pilot I would hope that by 2030 at least 25 percent of pilots worldwide will be women, – that will be a good start, since now we are just 3%.”
Ajka Matijevic has been is a superyacht agent since 2010. Three years ago, the mum-of-two founded A+ Yachting.