First Stop in Columbus, Ohio to Honor Idol Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock

First Stop in Columbus, Ohio to Honor Idol Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock

Female Pilot Attempts to Circle the Globe to Inspire Future Leaders in STEM and Aviation Careers

First Stop in Columbus, Ohio to Honor Idol Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock

First certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, Shaesta Waiz, will attempt to fly around the world to promote STEM and aviation education to encourage women to believe in themselves and allow their dreams to soar. The global solo flight will launch May 13, 2017 from Daytona Beach International Airport, in a single-engine A36 Beechcraft Bonanza. The route will make 30 stops over 5 continents in 18 countries in approximately 90 days – more than 25,000 miles flown. The longest leg of the flight is from Hilo, Hawaii to Oakland, California, 2,093 nautical miles over the Pacific Ocean.

Waiz arrives at John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Saturday, May 13, her first stop on her route to pay homage to her inspiration, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first woman who flew solo around the world in 1964.

Event:                  First Stop on Global Solo Flight  

When:                   Saturday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. – Estimated Arrival

Where:                  Signature Flight Support – (614) 238-3900

4130 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43219 – Near CMH – Columbus International Airport

An additional event has been scheduled to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and pilots. On Sunday, May 14, Waiz will participate in a STEM event for school student’s ages 6-18. A replica of Jerrie Mock’s plane will be on display along with Nancy Pimm, author of the children’s book – The Jerrie Mock Story, Wendy Hollinger publisher of Jerrie Mock’s account of her flight – Three-Eight Charlie, and Jerrie’s sister, Susan Reid.

Event:                  STEM Event – For Students – 6-18 years of age – http://www.stem-u.com/

When:                   Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where:                  Signature Flight Support – (614) 238-3900

4130 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43219 – Near CMH – Columbus International Airport

On Monday, May 15, a fleet of Bonanza airplanes will fly in formation as a send-off to Waiz as she departs from Columbus, Ohio Montreal Canada.

Event:                  Departure for CYUL – Bonanza Fleet Send-Off

 When:                   Monday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Where:                  Signature Flight Support – (614) 238-3900

4130 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43219 – Near CMH – Columbus International Airport

Photos of Shaesta: https://goo.gl/tc2hW7 

Videos of Shaesta: Main Dreams Soar, Inc. Promo video- https://goo.gl/sy0Nu9  

B-roll: https://1drv.ms/f/s!As0JaG_sW0H9gnlde5ClvoHZQF6T 

A36 Bonanza https://goo.gl/bfWsjD 

 Media Contacts: Onsite Contact: Wendy Hollinger – 740-405-7111, Lyndse Costabile – 904-860-1886 or Heather Schlichting – 602-692-8583

 

About Dreams Soar, Inc.:

Dreams Soar, Inc., is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Shaesta Waiz, a dual-graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, whose mission is to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals, globally. The global solo flight is the first phase of Dreams Soar’s worldwide effort to empower the next generation to pursue degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation, specifically for young women and minorities. Supported by her Dream Team of collegiate students and young professionals, Waiz aims to be the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe, as well as the first Afghan women to fly solo around the world. Departing from Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB), the global flight intends to raise additional dollars to award scholarships for young women and men worldwide in pursuit of STEM and aviation education. For more information about Dreams Soar, visit dreamssoar.org.

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