A flying lesson on the age of 12 planted the primary seed of aviation in her and, since then, the sky turned house for Capt Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum, the primary feminine pilot within the Dubai Police. “I’ll always remember: It was a sizzling summer season day. I used to be flying within the Robinson 22 with no doorways connected. What I did not know at the moment was that day was going to alter my trajectory and decide many of the selections that led me to the place I’m at present,” mentioned Capt Mozah.
The 23-year-old lieutenant pilot was featured as the ‘sport changer’ on the World Girls’s Discussion board on Monday and spoke about her timeless ardour for flying and the way she pushed boundaries to attain her dream.
“I like the sensation of hovering between the clouds; seeing the earth from a special perspective. Each flight is totally different, and the adrenaline rush by no means ends. I had lastly discovered my house.”
She mentioned that even as a baby, she spent most of her time doing adrenaline-inducing actions – be it horse-riding, rock-climbing, boxing, trampolining or bungee-jumping.
“That is the factor with adrenaline. The extra you get, the extra you need.”
Her thirst for adrenaline and the drive to push the bounds, Capt Mozah mentioned, made her set the Guinness World Document on wing strolling in 2013. She willingly tied herself to the body of an airborne plane, then the pilot did 10 flips.
‘Go take a look at actuality’
She mentioned ladies must combat what is understood as ‘limiting beliefs’ the identical means she did and overcome it.
“The factor with us ladies is we at all times tells tales to ourselves. We inform some model of a possible end result turning round inside our heads, once we needs to be actually testing actuality.
“If we sit there and look forward to our desires to materialise, that day won’t ever come. Many people are actually nice in creating boundaries inside our minds; answering questions in our heads earlier than we begin out.”
At 17, she was the youngest pupil when she joined Oxford aviation to pursue her industrial pilot’s licence. Capt Mozah joined Emirates Airways after getting her licence and flew her first passenger flight – EK409 – to Oman.
Lately, she graduated from the Dubai Police academy and have become the primary feminine pilot to affix the pressure. Her duties embody patrol and conducting search and rescue missions.
“I’m proud in serving my nation. It’s a very rewarding position the place I get to assist the group on a job I like and I’m so captivated with.”
Encouraging extra ladies to enter aviation
Talking concerning the variety of ladies in aviation, Capt Mozah mentioned it’s encouraging to see extra ladies coming into the male-dominated occupation.
“We’re slowly getting extra ladies to affix. Given my expertise and my love for it, I felt compelled to do one thing tangible to speed up the expansion price of ladies coming into the business,” she mentioned.
In October final 12 months, Capt Mozah established an affiliation referred to as Shehana, aiming to extend the feminine ratio in aviation and unfold consciousness.
“I personally wish to see extra younger ladies made conscious of the alternatives. Our leaders have demonstrated a lot religion in us. Now, it’s our flip to make them proud and present that UAE ladies can symbolize them regionally and internationally.”
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