Mumbai girl, Aarohi Pandit, 23, has registered her name in history when she became world’s first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a light sport aircraft (LSA). Aarohi landed at Iqaluit Airport at 18.29 UTC on Monday.
She also became world’s first woman pilot to successfully complete a solo flight across the treacherous Greenland ice cap in an LSA as her journey included:
- Flying back from Wick in Scotland to Iqaluit in Canada in five legs….and
- Stopping at Iceland and Greenland
An Indian CPL and LSA License holder, Aarohi is flying around the world for the ‘WE! Women Empower Expedition’, the world’s first all-woman team circumnavigation of the planet in a LSA.
- Aarohi set course for the Expedition with her fellow pilot and best friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30 last year
- They flew Mahi across Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat in India and then to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK
- Since the tiny cockpit is equipped with a life raft, oxygen system and other safety equipment for the Atlantic Crossing and beyond, Aarohi is now flying solo
Delighted to achieve this feat, the young proud girl said:
“I am so honoured 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.”
Preparing for the expedition, and specifically for the solo flights over the Atlantic Ocean, hadn’t been easy for Pandit. It included a rigorous seven-month regimen of extreme weather, oceanic and high-altitude flying along with various physical and mental exercises aimed at helping her take on the hardest terrain and weather conditions while being all alone in the cockpit.
About the Aircraft
‘Mahi’ is a tiny single engine Sinus 912 plane weighing less than a Bullet bike, manufactured by Pipistrel Slovenia, and is the first LSA registered by India’s DGCA.
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