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Afghan woman to become the youngest certified civilian female pilot

An Afghan pilot will be soon becoming the youngest woman in the history to complete a solo round-the-world flight.

Reportedly, she has been preparing 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 licence of becoming the youngest certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. And now she wants to soar high above ground with other young women.

“When I found my passion of flying, I started to challenge myself. I started to read. I started to do better in maths. I started to look at the world differently, the sky differently,” Waiz said as she made a stopover in Montreal.

“What’s important is finding your passion and going after it.”

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 kilo meters to more than 18 countries, including Spain, Egypt, India, Singapore and Australia, before ending the trip back in Florida in August.

The engineering graduate and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is backing her trip. They will also host events to try to get schoolchildren interested in science, specifically ‘aeronautics’.
According to ICAO figures, less than five percent of commercial pilots are women.
 
“If you really break it down into science, technology, engineering and math and explore what those career fields offer, it’s very exciting,” Waiz said.
“We hope to present to the young kids at these events what those careers are… and hopefully get them to pursue these careers that are in need of more talent.”
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