Friday, September 20, 2013

Flying high! Ayesha Aziz set to become first Kashmiri woman pilot

From India Today:

A 17-year-old Kashmiri girl studying in a Mumbai school is all set to become a commercial pilot. She alward has a student pilot licence by Bombay Flying Club.

Ayesha Aziz, whose parents are from Khawaja Bagh in Baramulla, said she always dreamt of flying an airplane.

"As a child I used to think whether one day I will be able to do that. I am glad that I am a pilot now. My dream is gradually turning into a reality," she said.

She said she was working hard to bag the commercial pilot licence. "This year, I will be 18 and will clear the criteria."

Ayesha has also earned a Flight Radio Telephone Operator's Licence and is a member of Indian Women Pilots Association.

While she was in Class 12 at Christ Church School in Mumbai, a NASA team visited the school and selected her along with two boys, for a space training programme.

"NASA was an awesome experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It felt great....I do not have words to describe my feeling," she said.

"We're proud of our daughter," Ayesha's father said.

Ayesha said Kashmir played a significant role in her life and she was emotionally attached to it.

She also told girls in Kashmir not to be bothered by politics and to follow their heart.

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