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Dreams Soar Around the World

Amazing Young Pilot to Fly Around the World Inspiring Students

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Shaesta, Founder of Dreams Soar and her Dream Team in front of the A36 Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft, which will be flown around the world to inspire the next generation.

Shaesta Waiz, the first civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, is launching a global solo flight around the world to inspire the next generation of STEM and aviation professionals. Joined by several industry partners including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and Honeywell, Dreams Soar will host outreach events along the route to inspire the next generation, specifically young women and minorities to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] and aviation education. These outreach events will create a platform for local women in the STEM and aviation field to come together and serve as an example that women can soar in industries where STEM and aviation talent is scarce. During the flight, Dreams Soar will fundraise to build and award scholarships for young women and men to pursue STEM and aviation-related careers. Dreams Soar plans to make scholarships available globally to empower the nextgeneration in their own communities.

Her itinerary includes 30 stops on five continents and total trip duration of approximately 90 days. The flight will cover over 25,000 nautical miles and is projected to impact more than 20,000 young professionals around the world.

Waiz grew up in Richmond, California, with her five sisters, and she always assumed she would get married and have a big family of her own. "It wasn't until I found aviation that I started thinking about having a career and going to college," Shaesta remarks. She is the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. "Every time I open the door of an aircraft, I ask myself, ‘How did a girl with my background become so lucky?’ The truth is, anyone can be me."

The Dream Team is an inspiring group of talent and expertise, passionate about inspiring the next generation.

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