UK pet dog gets crew card after flying 80,000 km

Written by PTI | London | Updated: May 6 2014, 18:44pm hrs
A pet Labrador in the UK has become the first dog to get a crew card after chalking up more than 250 hours of flight time.

Callie has flown all over Britain with owner Graham Mountford from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

The pooch has been accompanying Mountford since she was 12 weeks old and now, at the age of three, has clocked up more than 80,467 km.

Callie has flown to and landed at airports of all sizes from Cornwall to Wales to remote Scottish islands, '' reported.

Callie can now pass through the Crew Only channels at airports after becoming the only dog in Britain to be recognised by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots' Association (AOPA).

The canine has a special harness to strap it into the copilot chair in Mountford's six-seater Cessna 210 Centurion plane and is rewarded with a sausage whenever they land.

"I get a lot of comments and smiles when I land at an airport and people realise my co-pilot is a dog," Mountford said.