Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated worldwide last weekend.
The celebration was to inspire young women to see aviation as a good career to embrace.
Shaesta Waiz, a self-acclaimed first civilian pilot from Afghanistan, is scheduled to land this week in Daytona Beach, Florida, after flying a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza around the world to promote her organization, Dreams Soar.
Waiz founded Dreams Soar “to inspire women and girls to reach for the stars.” Her round-the-world solo flight began on May 13th and took her to 20 countries where she attended 18 events to inspire children to achieve their dreams and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Waiz enrolled at ERAU, she started a mentor program to help women get into aviation fields.
Waiz program at ERAU has helped increased the enrollment of women at ERAU from 13 to 22 percent in less than three years
Waiz was born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan in 1987 and fled with her family to the United States to escape the Soviet-Afghan war. She is the first person in her family to achieve not only a bachelor’s degree but also a master’s degree, both at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.
Waiz love for aviation and passion to expand her outreach to young women around the world led the birth of her organization ‘Dreams Soar’ founded in 2014.