Afghan woman Shaesta Waiz seeks to make solo round-the-world flight

Afghan woman Shaesta Waiz seeks to make solo round-the-world flight

Montreal: An Afghan pilot hoping to complete a solo round-the-world flight was preparing Monday to start the trans-atlantic leg of her journey.

Shaesta Waiz, 29, was born in a refugee camp at the end of the Soviet war in Afghanistan before immigrating with her family to the United States in 1987.

There, she discovered a passion for flying and obtained her pilot’s license — becoming the youngest certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan.

Now she wants to share that sense of freedom of soaring high above ground with other young women.

“When I found my passion — flying — that’s when I started to challenge myself. I started to read. I started to do better in maths. I started to look at the world differently, the sky differently,” Waiz said as she made a stopover in Montreal.

“What’s important is finding your passion and going after it.”

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