Afghan woman hopes to become youngest to make solo round-the-world flight

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2017 09:24:07



AN AFGHAN pilot hoping to become the youngest woman in history to complete a solo round-the- world flight was preparing Monday to start the Transatlantic leg of her journey.
Shaesta Waiz, 29, was born in a refugee camp at the end of the Soviet war in Afghanistan before immigrating with her family to the United States in 1987.

There, she discovered a passion for flying and obtained her pilot’s license -- becoming the youngest certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. Now she wants to share that sense of freedom of soaring high above ground with other young women.

Waiz took off from Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday and has mapped out a route that will take her aboard her Beechcraft Bonanza A36 aircraft approximately 25,800 kilometers to more than 18 countries, including Spain, Egypt, India, Singapore and Australia, before ending the trip back in Florida in August. During her 30 stopovers, the engineering graduate and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is backing her trip, will host events to try to get schoolchildren.