It is not wrong to say that the 21st century belongs to India. In a proud moment for the 1.31 billion Indians, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai has achieved the historic feat of becoming world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA). And her name is Captain Aarohi Pandit.
The young Captain Aarohi Pandit created this record around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) by landing her aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada after flying for 3,000 km after she took off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom).
Elated by this achievement, Captain Aarohi Pandit stated “I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere… Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue sea or shining white ice below”. She revealed that even though the journey was hard, she was rejuvenated looking at the beauty of the nature and stated “beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat”.
Before going on this journey to become world’s first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean in Light-sport Aircraft (LSA), Captain Aarohi Pandit had undergone seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, Italy. These training, which are extremely hard in nature, were held in oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat, reported Economic Times.
Lynn de Souza, head of Social Access, a not-for-profit communications firm which organised and sponsored the expedition stated “This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched with her friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30. Aarohi continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30 this year”. She added, “En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in an LS”.
India’s female pilots are performing tremendously in the aviation sector and it is a matter of immense pride to say that India has the highest proportion of female pilots in the world.