India has got its youngest female pilot from Kashmir.
Ayesha Aziz, a 25-year-old from Kashmir has become India's youngest female pilot in the country and has become an inspiration for her fellow Kashmiri women.
In the year 2011, Aziz became the youngest student pilot to get a license at the age of 15 and underwent training to fly a MIG-29 jet at Russia's Sokol airbase the following year.
Then she graduated in aviation from the Bombay Flying Club (BFC) and obtained a commercial license in 2017.
Ayesha Aziz said that she believed that Kashmiri women had progressed immensely in the last few years and have done exceptionally well in the field of education.
"I think Kashmiri women are doing very well, especially in education. Every other woman in Kashmir is doing her Masters or her doctorate. People of the Valley are doing great," she stated.
"I chose this field because I have loved traveling since a very young age and was very fascinated by flying. One gets to meet so many people. This is why I wanted to be a pilot. It is quite challenging because this is not like a normal 9-5 desk job. There is no fixed pattern and I have to constantly be ready to face new places, different types of weather and meet new people," she stated.
Adding, "In this profession, one's mental state should be very strong because you'll be carrying 200 passengers and it is a great responsibility,"
"I am very lucky that I have parents who have supported me in everything. Without them, I would not have been able to get to where I am today. I am constantly looking for growth, on a professional and personal level. My father is my greatest role model," she said.