SRINAGAR: A 21 year old, Ayesha Aziz Kashmir girl, who hails from Khawaja Bagh in Baramulla district, becomes India’s youngest pilot as she recently received her commercial pilot licence and will soon fly passenger aircraft as well.
In 2011, she received her student’s pilot license from the Bombay Flying Club, making her the youngest woman pilot in the country. Ayesha resides presently in Mumbai as few years back, her family moved from Valley.
Ayesha posts on her Facebook timeline;
“The MOST precious booklet of my life arrived yesterday and brought me happiness unbound. You were one tough job. Countless exams, sleepless nights, innumerable hurdles and whatnot! But It all seems of so much worth now. What once was just a dream is a reality now”.
Her liaison with the aircraft began when she would fly with her parents to her mother’s native town in Kashmir twice or thrice a year.
“While I would enjoy take-off and landing of the plane, my brother would be scared and always sleep during the flight,” she told media.
Ayesha even had the opportunity to visit NASA in 2012 and meet former astronaut John McBride and her second biggest inspiration Sunita Williams in Mumbai.
She credits her family for being the driving force behind her laudable achievement, especially her father – a Worli-based businessman.
“I have always believed that knowledge and enquiry are keys to human progress. If my child had a dream which was achievable, I had to be part of the process and see that she realised this dream, Ayesha’s father told media in Delhi.
Next on her bucket list is to fly a MIG-29 fighter jet at the Sokul airbase in Russia.
It is being said that in pursuit of her childhood dream of becoming a pilot finally has succeeded in becoming the youngest pilot in India and the first female from Kashmir to have achieved this feat.
According to her family, as a child, she would always be excited and run out of home every time she heard a plane cruising in the air. “But unlike other kids, she would also dream about becoming a pilot”, they said.