BENGALURU: Ever since she was a child Ayesha Aziz wanted to fly planes noe at 17, Ayesha is set to become the youngest girl from Kashmir to get a commercial pilot’s licence.
Sitting in a verdant Srinagar garden she recounts how she always dreamed of flying planes and how a meeting with her hero, astronaut Sunita Williams fired that dream.
At 20 now, Ayesha Aziz has not only fulfilled her childhood dream, she also became the youngest pilot of the country.
As The New Indian Express mentions, Aziz says “More than being India’s youngest pilot, I am happy for having accomplished my childhood goal”.
Aziz also got the chance to visit NASA and met aviator John McBride. But meeting her inspiration Sunita Williams was probably the best moment of her life. Aziz says “I met her when she came to Worli in 2013 or 2014. I shared my experiences with her. I told her about the activities I participated in NASA like scuba diving, moon walk and bunny walk which an astronaut should know.”
Aziz joined the flying school after she completed her Class X and got her student pilot licence when she turned 16. But due to some monetary issues, her training for commercial pilot licence got delayed. She currently flies single engine Cessna 152 and Cessna172.
She added that, “When I told my father I wanted to be a pilot, he pushed me into it immediately after completing my Class X.” She says it’s great to have understanding parents where on the other hand people still look for girls who know to cook biryani when they want to get hitched.