Aarohi Pandit has created history by becoming the first female pilot in the world to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solely in a Light Space Aircraft (LSA).
On 13 May, the 23-year-old Pandit landed at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, completing the feat.
Mumbai-based Pandit has flown to Iqaluit Airport from Wick in the United Kingdom. Her journey consisted of five breaks, with stops at Greenland and Iceland.
The feat made Pandit world’s first female pilot to fly solo in an LSA across the Greenland ice cap.
She is flying around the globe as a part of ‘WE! Women Empower Expedition.’ This expedition is the first all-women team to fly around the world in LSA.
With single engine Sinus 912 plane, Pandit’s aircraft is the first LSA registered by Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India.
The cockpit of aircraft was equipped with oxygen, a raft and other safety gear for the crossing over Atlantic.
Pandit got on with fellow pilot Keithair Misquitta for the expedition in July 2018.
Before crossing, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and the UK, they flew across Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat in India.
In a statement released, Pandit, a self-professed admirer of Amelia Earhart, said, “I’m 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!”
To prepare for the expedition, Pandit underwent a seven-month training programme. Along with physical and mental exercises for flying solo, she trained for oceanic and high-altitude flying, and extreme weather.