Baramulla Girl Touches Sky, Literally



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Ayesha Aziz
Ayesha Aziz

In yet another achievement, a Muslim Kashmiri has succeeded in becoming the youngest woman pilot of India.

Ayesha Aziz, a resident of Khawaja Bagh in North Kashmir’s Baramulla, she is the youngest pilot of India. She is 20-years-old.

After shifting to Mumbai with her parents and a brother, Ayesha’s passion for airplanes and flight was fuelled every time she would fly from Mumbai to her native place in Kashmir, twice or thrice a year. “While I would enjoy take-off and landing of the plane, my brother would be scared and always sleep during the flight,” Ayesha was quoted by a New Delhi based portal as having said.

A student of Christ Church School, Mumbai, Ayesha visited NASA while studying class 12th.

She was among three to be chosen by a NASA team after which she met John McBride and participated in activities like scuba diving, moon walking and bunny walk – all essential for an astronaut to know.

In 2012, Ayesha entered the cockpit of a plane was when she was 16 years and 3 months old. In January same year, she flew Cessna 172R.

Besides her studies and practical training, Ayesha attended classes twice a week or on weekends in addition with her school and bagged two licences – Student Pilot Licence (SPL) and Flight Radio Telephone Operator’s License (FRTOL).It took more than four months.

At the Bombay Flying Club, Ayesha is one of the only 4 girls studying BSc third year in Aviation. But this doesn’t pull her down and once she completes 80 hours of the total 200 hours of flying, Ayesha will finally gain her commercial pilot licence.

One month after she turned 16, Ayesha set the record of the youngest woman pilot in India. She had to pass ground classes and five rounds of viva.


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