In just a few months, a bus conductor’s daughter will become a licensed commercial pilot. 19-year-old Aishwarya Patel, daughter of Ganpat Patel, has completed 185 hours of her scheduled 200 hours of Flying Training for the CPL and is on way to acquire Airline Transportation Pilot Licence (ATPL) .
Aishwarya, studied in Shankar Bharti School, she passed class XII in science stream with 70 per cent marks.
“I nurtured the dream of flying an aircraft. However, my family’s financial condition didn’t make it easy for me,” Aishwarya told to TOI.
“My father always encouraged me to chase my dreams. We approached Zila niyamak office and the state government sanctioned me a loan of Rs 25 lakh at just 4 per cent interest,” Aishwarya, who lives in Jahangirpura, said when asked how her father was able to finance her education.
Her theoretical Training and 185 hours of practical flying training is complete. Her training took place in Shirpur, Maharashtra. She would do the remaining 15 hours of flying training in Hyderabad.
“I can’t afford to fail in any of the tests because we have limited resources. I always ensured that I cleared every examination in very first attempt. If you have the will, then you can achieve anything. I want to be the commander of a big commercial aircraft one day.” told Aishwarya in an interview.
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