1st Woman Pilot From India To Fly Solo In LSA Over Atlantic

NEW DELHI

Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old Indian woman, from the Indian city of Mumbai, on Monday has become the world’s first female pilot to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) from the city of Wick in Scotland.

She landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, having covered a 3,000 km distance by flight under highly inclement weather conditions after taking off.

According to reports, Pandit, who happens to be a commercial pilot and LSA licence holder, left India last July on the Women Empowerment (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft Mahi, which is a single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little over 400 kg. She is also the first LSA registered by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.