25 Year From Kashmir Becomes India’s Youngest Female Pilot
Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir): Ayesha Aziz, a 25-year-old from Kashmir is the youngest female pilot in the country. In the year 2011, Ayesha Aziz became the youngest student pilot to get a license at the age of 15 & underwent training to fly a MIG-29 jet at Russia’s Sokol airbase the following year.
She graduated in aviation from the Bombay Flying Club (BFC) & obtained a commercial license in 2017.
“I think Kashmiri women are doing very well, especially in education. Every other woman in Kashmir is doing her Masters or her doctorate. People of the Valley are doing great,” she said.
“I chose this field because I have loved traveling since a very young age & was very fascinated by flying. One gets to meet so many people. This is why I wanted to be a pilot. It is quite challenging because this is not like a normal 9-5 desk job. There is no fixed pattern & I have to constantly be ready to face new areas, different types of weather, & meet new people,” she told ANI.
“In this profession, one’s mental state should be very strong because you’ll be carrying 200 passengers & it is a great responsibility,” she added.
She also expressed gratitude towards her parents, who have supported her & enabled her to achieve her dreams.
“I am very lucky that I have parents who have supported me in everything. Without them, I would not have been able to get to where I am today. I am constantly looking for growth, on a professional & personal level. My father is my greatest role model,” she said.