Mumbai based 23 year old captain Aarohi Pandit became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA)named Mahi.
Aarohi Pandit is a commercial pilot and LSA licence holder from Mumbai, Maharashtra. She and her best friend Keithair Misquitta left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft named’Mahi’.
Mahi is a tiny Sinus 912, a single-engine, ultralight motor glider. Sinus 912 weighs a little of 400 kg (nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle) It is manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia. It is also the first Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) registered by Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.
They flew Mahi across Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat in India and then to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK and continued solo from UK to Canada. She will return to India with her friend by July 30 this year.
She achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.
The sponsor of this organised expedition is Socia Access, a not-for-profit communications firm.
This makes her first civilian LSA flight to land in neighbouring country since 1947.
En route her solo journey, she has set another world record as first female pilot to fly solo in a LSA above treacherous Greenland ice-cap. She is also due for several other records by the time she will reach India.
She took-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland and continued journey under adverse and extreme weather conditions. After an exhausting 3,000 km long flight she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada.
After a brief stop in Canada, Women Empower (WE) Expedition will continue with Aarohi flying westwards towards Russia. After clocking a flight of about 37,000 km she is scheduled to return home by July 30 2019.