Earlier this year, 29-year-old Shaesta Waiz departed from Daytona Beach, Florida for a round-the-world journey. Expected to visit 18 countries and five continents, this will be the young pilot's longest trip yet, and when she completes it, she'll be the youngest female pilot to do so.
Born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan, Shaesta moved to the US when she was a child, and flew a plane for the first time at the age of 18.
With this trip, she's not merely hoping to shatter records, but also working to raise awareness for women and girls in STEM fields, including aviation professionals.
Shaesta is more than halfway finished with her journey-- and she will end in Florida, where she began. Recently, the young pilot has stopped in the UK, Italy, Athens, Egypt, and Bahrain, but now, her trip has taken her to the UAE.
Dubai International Airport welcomed Shaesta over the weekend, marking her 11th stop before flying off to India, Singapore, and Australia.
She's nearly done with her 90-day voyage in her Beechcraft Bonanza A36 aircraft, but we can't wait to see what the future holds for this inspiring young woman!