24 Oct NBAA designated as Global Partner with Dreams Soar
NBAA designated as Global Partner with Dreams Soar, official decal ceremony scheduled for 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, where NBAA President & CEO Ed Bolen will place a decal on the A36 Beechcraft Bonanza inside static display at BACE
Orlando, Florida (October 24, 2016) – Without business aviation, round-the-world air journeys are left to the imagination. Yet with the support of NBAA, its members and fellow industry associations, one young woman’s passion for aviation will deliver outreach efforts in 18 countries to inspire the next generation, specifically women and minorities, to pursue STEM and aviation education.
Targeted for spring 2017, Dreams Soar founder and pilot, Shaesta Waiz, will begin her solo flight around the world. That’s 30 stops over five continents, in 18 countries, in 90 days with more than 25,000 miles flown. But it’s nothing compared to the journey this 29-year-old aviator – the first certified civilian female Afghan pilot – has already accomplished. Born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan in 1987, Waiz and her family fled to America to escape the brutal Soviet-Afghan war. She’s one of six girls in her family and no stranger to overcoming barriers to education or pursing a dream.
Dreams Soar officially welcomes NBAA as a Global Partner and invites BACE attendees to the scheduled decaling ceremony at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, hosted at the Dreams Soar inside static display, ISD-7.
“NBAA has shown Dreams Soar we are a family in business aviation. As for Shaesta, she’s an inspiration to all of us – she’s created a spark and a flame in our hearts to live a life giving of ourselves to ensure we positively impact the next generation, our future leaders, and our future communities,” says Lyndse Costabile, chair for Dreams Soar, Inc.’s Board of Directors. “The global solo flight is only one chapter of the Dreams Soar program, yet one that will leave a footprint on the lives of 20,000-plus women and men globally.”
NBAA and Dreams Soar practice what they preach. With a partnership that began during BACE 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev., both organizations are dedicated to supporting the next generation. NBAA’s YoPro (Young Professionals in Business Aviation) group is dedicated to building relationships between emerging leaders across the business aviation industry. This year’s BACE will feature Shaesta Waiz and Lyndse Costabile as keynote speakers during the Careers in Business Aviation Day, held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 3. Like NBAA’s YoPro, Dreams Soar’s dedicated Dream Team of talented college students and young professionals serve the program using expertise from their STEM and aviation curriculum to lead efforts related to corporate relations, social media and productions, global outreach events, meteorology and global climate, homeland security and risk management, and aircraft maintenance. “We’ve taken action, stepped up to use our skilled minds to impact the next generation,” says Oriole Le, senior director of Women in STEM/Outreach for the Dream Team. “Helping plan a historic global solo flight and supporting a new nonprofit has proved to me, anything is possible.”
Dreams Soar was created in 2014 by Waiz. The organization is now a nonprofit with a goal to partner with strong female role models along Waiz’s upcoming route around the world, and together, promote the importance of STEM and aviation education globally.
“Every time I open the door of an aircraft, I ask myself, ‘How did a girl with my background become so lucky? The truth is, anyone can be me,” remarks Waiz.
Waiz’s global solo flight for STEM will begin and end at Daytona Beach International Airport, and include stops in Canada, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. U.S. stops will include Columbus, Ohio, Hilo, Hawaii, El Cajon, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., Wichita, Kan., Grand Rapids, Mich., Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Mobile, Ala.
The longest leg of the global flight is Hilo, Hawaii to El Cajon, Calif., one that extends 2,184 nautical miles over the Pacific Ocean. NBAA is joined with Global Partners ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and BendixKing by Honeywell.
Longtime NBAA member Lou C. Seno, Jr. and his wife Christine have supported Waiz since the beginning, helping to acquire the A36 bonanza and supporting her flight training and other aspects of the program. The 2016 recipient of the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, Lou Seno served business aviation for 35-plus years, and currently serves on the board for EAA and GAMA. “As a 40-year veteran in business and corporate aviation, my wife and I cannot imagine a better cause to invest in that truly measures the reach and impact on our youth on a global scale,“ comments Lou Seno. “Waiz, through our support and others, will no doubt complete her mission in spring 2017, propelling this industry forward.”
For a complete itinerary of planned stops, and bios on Waiz and the Dreams Soar team, visit Dreams Soar’s website: www.dreamssoar.org.