Embry-Riddle student to pilot global solo flight

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be a lead partner in powering a historic Dreams Soar´s Global Solo Flight for STEM.

The 33-city, 19-country, five-continent worldwide flight is to be piloted by 28-year-old Embry-Riddle alumna and graduate student Shaesta Waiz as announced Wednesday in a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Las Vegas.

Waiz, the first civilian female certified pilot from Afghanistan, will be the youngest female ever to attempt a worldwide solo journey. Flying a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 provided by High Performance Aircraft, she is scheduled to kick off the estimated 90-day flight on June 2, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Embry-Riddle´s partnership with Dreams Soar continues its more than 10-year commitment to diversifying and solidifying the future workforce of aviation and aerospace. In 2004, the university teamed with then-student Jamail Larkins to found DreamLaunch, a national tour designed to educate and motivate students to pursue careers in aviation.