Her dream was to engage in something challenging and unconventional. Ever since she was a child, Ayesha Aziz knew she wanted to fly a plane. At 16, she fulfilled her dream by becoming India’s youngest woman pilot. Ayesha, now 20, told The New Indian Express, “More than being India’s youngest pilot, I am happy for having accomplished my childhood goal.”
Based out of Mumbai, the fondness for the flights and airports grew in Ayesha when on her visits to her native Kashmir, twice or thrice every year a year since she was a child. “While I would enjoy take-off and landing of the plane, my brother would be scared and always sleep during the flight.” The young inspiration also got the chance to visit NASA where she met John McBride. Her happiness knew no bounds when she got an opportunity to interact with her second greatest inspiration Sunita Williams in person.
Ayesha joined the flying school after she completed her Class X. She took her ground classes and cleared the five viva sessions. Immediately after turning 16 in October, she got her student pilot licence in November 2013. But due to some monetary issues, her training for commercial pilot licence got delayed. She currently flies single engine Cessna 152 and Cessna 172.
Her encouraging family is the reason behind her success. Ayesha says, “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. Ayesha has also done several photo shoots for a magazine and an ad commercial for Whisper. She is happy to be multi-tasking.