India Records Maximum Number of Women Pilots in the World

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Minister for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha recently revealed that India currently has the maximum number of women pilots in the world. He was present at a gathering at the golden jubilee celebrations of the India Women Pilots Association (IWPA). He also hailed women pilots in the country for their achievements.

“India is the country with the maximum number of women pilots in the world, be it in Air India or Indian Air Force. This is a testimony of the contribution made by women to the aviation sector and also by the country to their careers”, Sinha told TOI.

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He added, “While the presence of women has contributed to the progress of the aviation sector, their support is still needed to strengthen the area.”

Sinha also suggested that the traffic problem in the country can be addressed with the utilisation of sky area. “The traffic problem can be dealt with if we decide to go vertical and utilise the sky area. It happens in many countries.”

“India is the country with the maximum number of women pilots in the world, be it in Air India or Indian Air Force.”- Jayant Sinha

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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also attended the event. He too lauded the contribution of women in the aviation sector.

The first Indian woman to get her flying license was Sarla Thakral in 1936. Recently, 21-year-old Ayesha Aziz, who graduated in Aviation from the Bombay Flying Club flew her first commercial passenger plane. Ayesha is the youngest pilot in India and the first female pilot from Kashmir.

The number has been growing significantly since then. It indicates that a lot of girls are fulfilling their dreams of becoming a pilot and soaring high.

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