Aisha Abdulsalam aims to become first Kurdish female pilot

n-AISHA-large570Among the thousands receiving A-level results on Thursday was ARK Putney Academy student Aisha Abdulsalam, who is set to be the world’s first Kurdish female Pilot.

After achieving A-levels in Maths and Art & Design, she has gained a place to study Aviation Pilot Studies at Buckinghamshire New University.

Aviation has always been a dream of Aisha’s, inspired by her uncle, a pilot. “He used to tell me about planes and how fun it was,” she explained.

However, it was joining the Air Cadets which made Aisha decide to turn her dream into a reality. “I started flying solo and then I felt the thrill of it and I was like, ‘that’s it. I want to be a pilot’. That’s the day that I was definitely one hundred percent sure what I wanted to do.”

Becoming a pilot is a big deal for Aisha. “In my country as well as in Iraq, there are no women pilots. So if I do become a pilot, I will be the first Kurdish woman to become a pilot.”

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(Source: Huffington Post)