Afghani female pilot, Shaesta Waiz wants to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.
Waiz, 29, was born in a refuge camp at the end of the Soviet war before immigrating to the United States at the age of 1.
Late on, she earned her pilot’s license, making her the youngest certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan.
“When I found my passion — flying — that’s when I started to challenge myself. I started to read. I started to do better in maths. I started to look at the world differently, the sky differently,” Waiz said in Montreal.
Waiz took off from on Saturday May 14th from Florda and is expecting to return in August.
She mapped out a route with more than 30 stops, including Spain, Egypt, India, Singapore and Australia.
During her stops, she and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will host events to motivate young girls and boys into STEM fields, specially aeronautics.
“We hope to present to the young kids at these events what those careers are … and hopefully get them to pursue these careers that are in need of more talent,” said Waiz.
On her non-profit’s website Dreams Soar she wrote, “Every time I open the door of an aircraft, I ask myself, ‘How did a girl with my background become so lucky? The truth is, anyone can be me.'”