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Who Is Maitri Patel? India’s Youngest Commercial Pilot At 19

Pilot Maitri Patel
19-year-old Maitri Patel recently became the youngest commercial pilot in India. Her success at such a young age is the result of her labour and her parents sacrifice.

For her father who is a farmer in Olpad area near Suraj, Gujarat, sending her to America was not easy in terms of the heavy cost of the course. As someone who used to transport passengers, Patel’s father had seen many planes land and lift off the earth’s surface. Moved by his little girl’s dreams, her father sold a piece of his land to fund her training. He also made sure to put Patel through private school, as per reports.

She has completed her schooling from Metas Adventist School in Surat and left for United States to complete her training after that.

During an interview with India Today, Maitri Patel said, “When I was 8-year-old, I saw a pilot and a plane for the first time. Since then I have dreamt of becoming a pilot. After completing class 12th with science, I went to America for training. I finished my 11-month long training and became a commercial pilot.”

Youngest Commercial Pilot In India: Maitri Patel

According to the report, the said training for commercial pilot is an 18-month-long course which Patel finished in 11 months. The former Chief Minister of Gujrat, Vijay Rupani also lauded her. He congratulated her for receiving the vocational training and wished her a sky-touching career.

Patel’s mother works at the health department of Surat Municipal Corporation. Talking about her daughter’s success, she told India Today, “We are so happy that she realised her dream at such a young age. We are really happy.”

Her father said that Patel has worked very hard and her success is a result of that. Maitri Patel wants to fly Boeing Aircraft for which she will soon start training. As per media reports, she is yet to get Indian pilot license.

Earlier this year on June 19, Flying officer Mawya Sudan made history by becoming the first woman IAF officer from Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. She become the 12th woman officer in the country to be inducted as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF). She hails from the village of Lamberi in Nowshera tehsil of J&K. Read more about her here.


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