Kashmiri girl earns Pilot license to fly commercial flights, A good lesson to Sana Khan

Women are destined to achieve great things in life. There is literally nothing in this world that can stop them from touching the pinnacle of success. Just like men, women too are going places with relative ease in this competitive world.

Neha Fida Wani from Kashmir has become an inspiration for many girls as she has got her commercial pilot’s license. Neha always dreamt of doing something extraordinary since her childhood stage. She dreamt of becoming a pilot which has finally come true after her dedication and hard work.

After being fascinated by the sight of an aircraft, she decided to pursue a career in the aviation industry. She has fulfilled her dreams by bagging her commercial pilot’s license at a very young age.

She is only the second girl from Kashmir after Ayesha Aziz who has touched the pinnacle of success at the age of 20. Ayesha had become the youngest student pilot in India in 2011 at the age of 16 years.

Neha, who hails from K.P Road area, did her schooling from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, and later moved to Chandigarh for higher studies. “After finishing 12th class in September 2018, I joined Chimes Aviation Academy in Madhya Pradesh,” Neha told Greater Kashmir.

She said the thing that fascinated her to become a pilot was the thought of flying an airplane. “I was clueless about this profession and would always spend hours surfing the Internet to know how to pursue this career. I have been fascinated by the pilots too,” said Neha.

Neha said it was an unforgettable moment when she flew the Cessna 172 aircraft for the first time in her life after getting a commercial license. “I was absolutely thrilled when I flew the aircraft for the first time. The whole journey through attaining my commercial pilot’s license (CPL) was surreal. I flew in all kinds of weather situations,” she said.

“I completed 200 hours of flying training, of which 185 hours were on Cessna 172 and 15 hours on DA42 aircraft. As a child I used to think whether one day I will be able to do that or not. I am glad that I am a pilot now. My dream is gradually becoming a reality,” she said, beaming with pride.

Revealing her future plans, Neha said that she wants to work with Indigo airlines. “It’s my dream,” she said. Neha said that her family has been very supportive in pursuing her dream. “They (parents) have always been very supportive both financially and emotionally throughout the journey,” she said.

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