Mumbai’s Captain Aarohi Pandit is just 23 years old but has already made history by becoming the world’s first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean all by herself in Light Sports Aircraft (LSA). She covered a difficult terrain of over a 3000 km long flight, overcoming turbulent weather and earning herself the aforementioned title when she landed at Iqaluit Airport in Canada.
Aarohi started her journey from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom) and took brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland. She is a commercial pilot and holds a license for flying LSA. Along with her best friend Keithair Misquitta, left India for Women Empower Expedition in a small aircraft named ‘Mahi.’
Proud to witness Capt. Aarohi Pandit, who at the age of 23, has set not one, but two world records with @WEExpedition. It’s our privilege to be a part of her incredible journey, and we salute her indomitable spirit that's changing the meaning of #LadkiHaathSeNikalJaayegi pic.twitter.com/6D1WKdYtuj
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“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 the UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30 this year,” said Lynn de Souza, head of the Social Access, a non-profit firm which organized and sponsored Aarohi’s expedition.
Unstoppable at 23, Capt. Aarohi Pandit becomes world's first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a light sports aircraft. Congratulations to her. pic.twitter.com/NtWa92IQ4v
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Lynn also revealed while talking to IANS that, “En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in an LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India!.”
In the process of doing the feat, she achieved yet another record. She and Keithair crossed Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat, landing their aircraft in Pakistan which made it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the country since 1947.
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Talking about her achievements, Pandit said, “I am so honored and grateful 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, the light blue sky above and dark blue sea or shining white ice below.”
At such a tender age, she has made her nation proud. Truly an inspirational story for the rest of the youth if our nation.