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Meet Ayesha Aziz: India’s Youngest Women Pilot

The girl of kashmir-origin got the licence as a pilot when she was just 16

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Passion and the spirit to do something unconventional are the only dynamic forces for women in this male dominated industry. Ever since she was a child, she knew about her passion and dreams to be fulfilled and she achieved her goals within a short span of time.

She got the student pilot licence when she was just 16. Ayesha, now 20, has not only succeeded in fulfilling her childhood dreams but also became the youngest pilot of India. Focus, consistency, hard work and confidence play key role in achieving something like this.

The keenness in flights grew in her when she along with her parents would fly to their native place, Kashmir, about twice of thrice a year. She used to enjoy the landings and the take-offs while her brother would sleep out of fear.

During her inspiring career, Ayesha also got the chance to visit NASA and meet John McBride. But her happiness had no limits when she met her greatest inspiration Sunita Williams which probably was the best moment of her life.

Youngest Pilot Of India Image Source: Jansatta
Youngest Pilot Of India Image Source: Jansatta

After completing her Class X, she joined the flying school and cleared the five viva sessions. Although, she got her student licence as a pilot in November 2013 immediately after she turned 16 but due to some monetary constrains, her training for commercial pilot licence got delayed. Currently she flies single engine Cessna 152 and Cessna172.

Aziz is currently pursuing her BSc third year in Aviation at Bombay Flying Club in Mumbai. After completing her BSc, she would get her commercial pilot license for which she needs to complete 80 hours of the total 200 hours of flight.

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Unlike the parents who prefer their girls to learn cooking and behave according to the worthless set of conventions laid by the society, Ayesha’s parents always supported her and encouraged her to achieve her goals and that’s the reason why Ayesha believes that she is lucky to have them as her parents and their motivation played a key role in her success.

This young inspiration has also worked in a commercial advertisement for whisper and done multiple photoshoots for a magazine. She created a history and became an inspiration for all those women who are not able to surpass the male dominating society.

Prepared by Pashchiema with inputs from India Today. Twitter: @pashchiema

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    Wow, she got her student pilot licence at such tender age .

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Scientists spot massive ice deposits on Mars

Recent observations by MRO's ground-penetrating Shallow Radar instrument revealed a buried ice layer that covers more ground than the state of New Mexico.

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Scientists found layers of ice on the surface of Mars. Wikimedia Commons
  • Recently, scientists have found layers of ice on the Martian land.
  • Scientists think this ice might be a useful source of water for future humans.
  • The researchers had researched 8 locations on the surface of Mars.

Scientists have unearthed thick and massive deposits of ice in some regions on Mars.

The images taken by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed the three-dimensional structure of massive ice deposits on Mars.

The ice sheets extend from just below the surface to a depth of 100 meters or more and appear to contain distinct layers.

It extending downward from depths as shallow as 1 to 2 meters below the surface, which could preserve a record of Mars’ past climate, the researchers noted in the journal Science.

This ice which was found can help scientists understand the climate history of Mars. IANS
This ice which was found can help scientists understand the climate history of Mars. IANS

“We expect the vertical structure of Martian ice-rich deposits to preserve a record of ice deposition and past climate,” said Colin M. Dundas, from the US Geological Survey.

“They might even be a useful source of water for future human exploration of the red planet,” Dundas added.

The researchers investigated eight locations on Mars and found thick deposits cover broad regions of the Martian mid-latitudes with a smooth mantle.

However, erosion in these regions creates scarps that expose the internal structure of the mantle.

The scarps are actively retreating because of sublimation of the exposed water ice.

The layers of ice can be used as water source by future humans on Mars, VOA
The layers of ice can be used as water source by future humans on Mars, VOA

The ice deposits likely originated as snowfall during Mars’ high-obliquity periods and have now compacted into massive, fractured, and layered ice.

Previous researchers have revealed that the Red Planet harbours subsurface water ice.

Recent observations by MRO’s ground-penetrating Shallow Radar instrument revealed a buried ice layer that covers more ground than the state of New Mexico.

NASA’s Phoenix lander had also dug up some ice near the Martian north pole in 2008, however, it is not clear if that is part of the big sheet. IANS