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Aircraft and people. Youngest woman in history completes solo round-the-world flight

Montréal, Canada - As part of ‘Dreams Soar’ campaign for girls and STEM

Shaesta Waiz, the courageous 30-year-old pilot of the 2017 ‘Dreams Soar’ Global Flight for STEM, touched down in Daytona Beach, Florida at 6:43 PM Eastern yesterday evening in her now well-travelled Beechcraft Bonanza A-36 aircraft. Since May, the "Dreams Soar" campaign has seen her flying to over 20 countries to inspire the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and aviation professionals. With her incredible journey now completed, she becomes the youngest woman in history to complete a solo round-the-world flight in a single-engine aircraft. ICAO has supported the campaign as part of its Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) programme, which is focused on attracting the best and brightest to fill the hundreds of thousands of challenging and rewarding air transport careers which will soon be available due to the growth and attrition impacts now being felt sector-wide across the aviation network. Greater STEM educational capacity and access globally is a critical prerequisite to developing this 21st century aviation workforce, and "Dreams Soar" provided a unique opportunity to raise awareness on these issues globally while supporting other important UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as gender equality and ensuring access for world youth to inclusive and quality education. Waiz’s touchdown in Daytona Beach may have marked the formal winding down of her round-the-world flight, but it certainly won’t be the end of the mission. Plans are already well underway for many more projects to inspire young girls around the world, and she will be a special guest speaker at ICAO’s inaugural NGAP Global Summit to be held in at ICAO HQ in Montréal this November.

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