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Mumbai girl is world's 1st to cross Atlantic Ocean in LSA (IANS Exclusive)

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Pandit, a 23-year-old from became the world's first woman to cross the solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles here on Tuesday.

She achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in and

"This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched wither friend on July 30. continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to by July 30, 2019," said an excited Lynn de Souza, of Social Access, a firm which organised and sponsored the expedition.

"En route, she set another world record as the first woman to fly solo above the treacherous ice-cap in a LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India,a Lynn told IANS.

A commercial and LSA licence holder, Pandit and her best friend left on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft christened 'Mahi'.

'Mahi' is a tiny, single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little of 400 kg or nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia, and is also the first LSA registered by of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

Pandit and Misquitta flew over Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, then to Pakistan, where they landed -- making it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the neighbouring country since 1947 -- and went onto to Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, and UK.

After landing in Iqaluit, Pandit proudly exhibited the Indian Tricolour presented to her by the Indian Ambassador to Vikas Swarup, said Lynn.

"I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere... Flying over the is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue see or shining white ice below," said a tired but cheerful Pandit in her landing remarks to her cheering friends in Mumbai, who stayed awake till early on Tuesday to witness her making history.

Though she admitted certain sectors in the long flight were bumpy, the "beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat".

Pandit is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, -- who became the world's first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.

A resident of Borivali, northwest suburb, Pandit underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat.

After a brief sojourn in Canada, the WE Expedition will continue with Pandit flying westwards to Russia, cross many a longitudes and hurdles, create or break more records, before she finally returns home by July 30, after clocking in around 37,000 km.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 15:56 IST
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