“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored”.
A 23-year-old, caption Aarohi Pandit has become the world’s first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).
On May 13 in Canada, Aarohi Pandit has completed the feat by landed at Iqaluit Airport. She flew the 3000 km long flight under some extreme weather conditions after taking off from Wick, Scotland (UK) with a couple of stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.
As a part of the Women Empower Expedition, she is flying around the globe. She traveled in an eco-friendly, ultra-light sinus 912 which is fuel-efficient and also it is the first LSA registered by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
“I’m so honored and grateful that I could do this for my country and for women everywhere. Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. It’s just you and your little plane, with the light blue sky above and the dark blue sea or shining white ice below. Certain parts were bumpy but the beauty of the ocean and the islands is breathtaking. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!” Aarohi Pandit, a self-professed admirer of Amelia Earhart, said in a statement released to the press.
“I hope my journey can show women around the world that you can achieve everything if you work hard & purposefully”- says, after setting a world record for flying across the second largest ice sheet on the planet.
The aircraft Aarohi Pandit flew is named Mahi, which means ‘great planet Earth’ in Sanskrit.
In July 2018, Aarohi Pandit embarked on the expedition with fellow pilot Keithair Misquitta. They flew across Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat in India, before crossing over Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France, and the UK.
To prepare for the expedition, she underwent a rigorous seven-month training program in which she trained for extreme weather, oceanic and high-altitude flying along with various physical and mental exercises to ready herself for flying solo over difficult terrain and in tough conditions.