Mumbai girl Aarohi Pandit becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic and Pacific Ocean

first_imgMumbai girl Aarohi Pandit becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic and Pacific OceanMumbai girl Aarohi Pandit made history as she became the first woman pilot to cross both Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean solo.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 12:14 IST Aarohi Pandit becomes first ever woman to fly solo across Atlantic, Pacific Ocean Photo: Instagram/ Aarohi PanditMumbai girl Aarohi Pandit, currently on a global flight in a small plane, on Wednesday created history by becoming the first woman pilot to cross both Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft.Flying from Alaska’s Unalakleet city across the Pacific Ocean’s Bering Sea, she landed safely at the Anadyr Airport in Russia’s Far East region of Chukotka at 01.54 a.m. after a stopover at Nome (Alaska). After landing, Aarohi, appearing a bit weary but cheerful, posed for a photo before her LSA and waved the Indian tricolour.In mid-May this year, Aarohi, 23, became the first woman in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a LSA, thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles. (IANS reported the story on May 14).In the past nearly 13 months of her circumnavigation flight, she has broken and created several records, including becoming the world’s first woman to complete a solo flight over the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in an LSA, and the first woman to fly all across Canada from the North East to the North West via the South, said her team in Mumbai.”Aarohi truly represents all that young Indian women are capable of, given an opportunity. We are very proud and she has set such a great example for all other girls to emulate,” an excited Lynn de Souza, founder of Social Access Communications, which organised the WE! Expedition, told IANS.On her part, Aarohi considers the Pacific Ocean crossing as the most significant sector for the Women Empower Expedition (WE!) circumnavigation, marking its entry into a new country, a new continent and a new day.advertisementIn her 1,100 km flight from Unalakleet to Anadyr, Aarohi flew across the International Date Line, also known as the Line of Confusion, when the date changes and all instruments conk off for a few minutes.For the main and challenging leg of the crossing, Aarohi took off from Nome at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and after a 3 hou, 50 minute flight, she landed at Anadyr on Wednesday.”I lost one day of my life which I will never get back..” she said jokingly about the IDL crossing, but said she would always treasure the experience.”The Pacific Ocean flight was more beautiful than the Atlantic Ocean crossing and it was also one of my most enjoyable. I feel honoured to achieve these records for India and women all over,” Aarohi said after her landing at Anadyr.An Indian commercial pilot licence and LSA Licence holder, Aarohi launched the world’s first all-woman team to circumnavigate the Earth in her LSA, named “Mahi”, on July 30, 2018, along with her friend and pilot, Keithair Misquitta.”Mahi” is a tiny single engine Sinus 912 aircraft, weighing less than a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Slovenia’s Pipistrel, and is the first LSA registered with the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.Initially, Aarohi and Keithair flew together across India’s Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and Britain.Since the tiny cockpit had to be equipped with a life-raft, oxygen system and other safety gadgets for the trans-oceanic flights from Britain onwards, Aarohi undertook the remaining expedition solo.She was accompanied by Pipistrel’s Canada President Jonah Boll for photography over the Canadian Rockies, and will have woman navigator Olga Eroshenko alongside as she flies across Russia, as stipulated by the Russian civil aviation regulator.A resident of Borivali in northwest Mumbai suburb, Aarohi underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, and Italy over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat.Besides, she had to cope up with various physical and mental exercises to help her take on the toughest terrains and weather conditions while being all alone in the cockpit.Aarohi is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earheart — who became the world’s first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.Till date, Aarohi has logged in 29,500 kms in 50 legs across three continents and 20 countries in her small LSA.Now, the WE! Expedition will continue westward to fly back from Russia to India after spreading the message of “girl-power and friendship” beyond boundaries, said de Souza.ALSO READ | Mumbai girl is world’s 1st to cross Atlantic Ocean in Light Sports AircraftALSO WATCH | TikTok star Mohit Mor shot dead in Delhi. His best viral videosGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow Aarohi PanditFollow Woman pilot Nextlast_img read more

IGP instructed to maintain status quo on Ranils security

The United National Party (UNP) has told Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to maintain the status quo on the security of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Former Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara, visited the Police Headquarters with former Minister Daya Gamage and former Deputy Minister Palitha Thewaraperuma and submitted a letter to the IGP. Nalin Bandara said that the IGP was not in office at the time, nor was any senior Police officer. He said the letter was handed over to a policeman and the IGP was informed over the telephone. Bandara said that the UNP is still in the Government as the Speaker has recognised Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.As a result, the IGP has been told to maintain the security of Wickremesinghe and other UNP MPs who were Ministers prior to October 26th, Nalin Bandara said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Oaktree Capital invests in deep directional drilling services

first_imgDDH1 Drilling Pty Ltd, a leading deep directional drilling services company, has received an investment from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, a leading global alternative investment management firm. DDH1 will continue to advance its current strategy with strategic support from Oaktree that will allow it to provide expanded capacity and capabilities to its customers. DDH1 was advised by Novo Capital and terms of the Oaktree investment were not disclosed. DDH1 is a leading provider of deep directional mineral drilling services used to identify and extend resources, reserves and mining plans for Australia’s exploration and mining industry. It explains that it “designs complex drilling programs delivered by highly skilled rig operators and has a strong history of satisfying customer requirements. The company’s drill rig fleet is modern, standardized and the largest in Australia for deep directional mineral coring.”Co-founders of DDH1, Murray Pollock and Matt Thurston, will continue in their roles as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively. Together they bring over 70 years of experience in the industry and have pioneered deep directional drilling technologies in Australia. “DDH1 will continue to be managed by its founding directors and long term staff, and we remain committed to our strategy of being the drilling contractor and employer of choice in the mining and exploration industry,” said Pollock. “With the support of Oaktree’s capital and expertise, we intend to focus on growing our business organically, and we will also carefully consider consolidating similar niche operators to gain expanded capacity and provide our customers with enhanced drilling services as industry demand recovers.” Byron Beath, Managing Director at Oaktree, commented: “Throughout the recent mining downturn, there has been significant underinvestment in the capacity of the Australian drilling services industry due to low demand, competitive pricing and numerous insolvencies. During this period, DDH1 has continued to invest in its capacity and has consolidated its market-leading position in its targeted service. Oaktree’s investment will further enable DDH1 to grow to meet the demand from its customers.” Oaktree has extensively researched the Australian drilling landscape in light of the cyclical stress the sector has experienced, and has identified DDH1 as a leading operator in the sector with a disciplined focus on services that are critical to the sustainability of a mining operation. “The fact that DDH1 has been able to survive and emerge stronger during the recent downturn is a validation of the high quality and essential service that DDH1 provides to its clients,” Beath added. DDH1 is a leading deep directional drilling services company, founded with one diamond core drilling rig in 2006. As of 30 June 2017 the company has a fleet of over 50 diamond coring rigs with operations spread across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Australia’s east coast. The company has pioneered deep directional drilling techniques in Australia and says it “has a leading market position by capability, fleet size and reputation.”last_img read more