When they get off the ground, instantly the weather conditions cleared up during the next few days, two young Indian females, Aarohi Pandit and Keithair Misquitta, will challenge what no Indian female has done up till now.
Aarohi Pandit and Keithair Misquitta, the two pilots with big dreams in their eyes, during their early 20s, aim to fly around the world in a small Light Sports Aircraft in just a period of 90 days.
Captain Pandit said, “It’s been almost four years that we have been friends. We have been training together at the Bombay Flying Club and we have been legit partners from there. When we were approached for the expedition, we decided to work together as a team. We wouldn’t do it without each other.”
The tiny plane they will fly, which they call Mahi, is actually a Slovenian-built Pipistrel Sinus. With 80 horsepower on tap, Mahi is just about as powerful as a Maruti Baleno and cruises at 215 kilometres per hour. It can’t fly longer than four hours at a stretch so there will be plenty of landings and halts scheduled every day during their expedition.
Mahi is armed with multifunctional displays in her two-person flying aircraft and in addition, a ballistic parachute rescue arrangement.
Unlike larger airliner, Mahi is greatly reliant on climate for secure flights.
Captain Misquitta stated, “The main concern for a pilot is always the weather. We always have to check the weather first and then other things. If the weather doesn’t support us, there is no way that we can take off.”
If the whole thing functions as proposed, Aarohi Pandit and Keithair Misquitta will lay a hand on 3 continents, take off 40,000 kilometres crosswise 23 nations in a period of 90 days.
In Punjab’s famous city Patiala, where the two have been finishing their tough training, Aarohi Pandit and Keithair Misquitta are awaiting a mark of clear sky before they can take off to Ahmedabad and after that cross Pakistani airspace as they take off westwards.
Their trip will take them crosswise Iran, Turkey, Slovenia, Austria, and the UK prior to they make the unreliable crossing above the Atlantic by flying to Iceland, Greenland before making it to Canada.
The concluding leg of the trip witnesses the two flying south crosswise China prior to entering Myanmar before they re-enter Indian airspace.