Reported by: Melvin Peris
Shaesta Waiz Afghan refugee is flying around the world to inspire other women to follow their dreams. She recalls the first time seeing a plane, she was a child watching the news about an aircraft accident.
“I said to my mom, ‘I hope I never ever have to fly in an airplane,'” she said. “I was so scared and terrified.”
Now Waiz is a certified pilot in the middle of a solo flight around the world. By the time the 30-year-old completes her journey in September in Daytona Beach, Florida, she plans to have made more than two dozen stops in some 18 countries.
She also hopes her trip will “inspire girls and young women worldwide to dream big and achieve more,” especially in the fields of science, math, engineering and aviation.
Her flight, in a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36, will take Waiz more than 25,000 miles. But it pales compared to her personal journey, which began three decades ago in a refugee camp in Afghanistan.
Ms Waiz told reporters when she was back in Afghanistan.
“It’s been almost 29 years. To come back to the country as a pilot who is flying around the world to inspire others – it makes me really happy.”
Now she is Sri Lanka and inspiring many young Aviators