Meet Ayesha Aziz, India’s youngest woman pilot
Mumbai | Red Newswire | May 11 08:30 PM IST.
The coming month will see three young women making history by becoming India’s first ever women fighter pilots. However, Mumbai’s 20 year old Ayesha Aziz has already made her mark in the field by becoming country’s youngest female pilot.
Aziz began training with Bombay Flying Club at the age of 16 driven by her childhood dream. She earned her student pilot license in 2011 itself. Aziz used to take her flying lessons during weekends while keeping other days for school study.
She says, “I love adventure, travel and meeting new people. I wanted to do something unconventional, and working as a pilot seemed especially unconventional.”
Since 2011, Aziz has been working on recording 200 hours of flying to get her commercial pilot license. She has completed 120 hours of flying already flying in the Cessna 172 and 152 aircraft.
Aziz likes to attribute her success to her father, who she says keeps her motivated. She says, “Flying works against gravity, you give up everything that gets you down.”
Aziz considers Astronaut Sunita Williams as her role model and felt more encouraged to pursue her dream when she got to visit NASA headquarters and learn what it takes to make a career as an astronaut.
Aziz said, “It is challenging to be a pilot. You always have to be ahead of the aircraft and quick to take decisions. You need presence of mind and you need to multi-task. When you’re inside a cockpit all your worries have to be left behind, and your mind should be focused on what you’re doing at that moment.”