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IWPA to re-enact JRD Tata’s first flight on October 15 to celebrate Amrut Mahotsav – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Women Pilots’ Association (IWPA) will celebrate the ongoing Amrut Mahotsav (75th year of India’s independence) in a unique way — by re-enacting J R D Tata’s historic first flight from Karachi to Mumbai Juhu airstrip via Ahmedabad that took off on October 15, 1932.
Captain Aarohi Pandit, a young IWPA member and a solo pilot with several records to her name, will take off from the Bhuj runway that was rebuilt by the women of Madhapar within 72 hours during the Indo-Pak war, refuel at Ahmedabad and then land at India’s first civilian airport in Juhu this October 15.
Based in Mumbai’s Borivali, Captain Pandit in 2019 became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Greenland icecap solo in a light sport aircraft.
She will use the same plane, Mahi VT NBF, on October 15.
The five-year-old Pipistrel Sinus aircraft weighs only 330 kg and has the distinction of landing at more places on the planet than any other Indian registered aircraft – 86 at last count, across Asia, Europe and North America, said IWPA in a statement.
It adds that Pandit’s aircraft will take the same route from Kutch to Mumbai, with similar aircraft limitations and half the fuel. It will carry special mail from the 1971 Indo-Pak war women heroes of Madhapar to young women in Mumbai.
“During the flight, she will use less than 60 litres of petrol for an estimated 5 hours of flying over the 500 nautical mile distance. She will not be using any GPS, autopilot or computerised equipment, staying below 5000 feet above mean sea level at all times,” IWPA said.
IWPA president Harpreet A De Singh said: “IWPA has been the catalyst for India having the highest percentage of women pilots in the whole world. This JRD Tata Tribute flight is the first of a series of events we have planned for Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, and we couldn’t be happier that it is being flown by our young member, Aarohi, who is already such an inspiration to aspiring pilots for her bravery and focus. That she has chosen to honour India’s First Gentleman of Aviation — JRD Tata, in such a memorable and respectful way, is something we are very proud of.”
Aarohi Pandit said: “Being a young pilot, I’m truly honored to have this opportunity to pilot this flight. I cannot imagine any better tribute in the Indian civil aviation world than to the man himself — the father of Indian civil aviation. I am very excited and looking forward to the flight.”
Tata Power CEO & MD Praveer Sinha said: “We are delighted to support Captain Aarohi Pandit as she endeavours to recreate this historic journey. Tata Power is proud to be associated with this historic event in our 75th year of Independence. It is a true tribute to the vision of JRD Tata and the grit, determination and efforts of our young pilot Captain Aarohi. We compliment her well on this achievement.”

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