Syeda Salwa Fatima is one of those Indian Muslim pilots who have a commercial pilot’s license. Before that it was Sarah Saba Hamid, the first Commercial Pilot from Bangalore.
Fatima belongs to the old city area of Hyderabad. Her father, Syed Ashfaq Ahmed, a bakery worker, who struggled to make ends meet.
Salwa on the basis of her commitment and hard work achieved commercial pilot’s license and became an example for many people.
According to Indian media, she still has to cross one more milestone to accomplish her dream. She was required to gain an additional training apart from the initial license and aircraft class training, on a specific aircraft like a Boeing 737 or Airbus a 320 to be able to fly any aircraft. It was impossible to pay training costs which was around Rs. 30-32 lakh. But she didn’t lose hope and requested Indian government for help.
While giving special interview to Indtoday, Salwa said that the Telangana government has announced to help her financially and now after completing her training she will be able to start working in the aviation industry.
While giving interview to the Daily Siasat she said , “Ziad Ali Khan Sir, the editor of Daily Siyasat really helped me out. I met him at a ceremony where he heard my story. He then offered to support me financially to do the pilot training and that is why I’m really grateful to him.”
Salwa Fatima got admission in Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy in 2007 where after five years of rigorous training she obtained license of commercial pilot. Besides that she also has license of private pilot and flight radio telephone operator.
According to a report by the Times of India, among those 5050 Indian pilots, roughly 600 pilots are women.
Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation said that it has been seen that there is a rapid increase of women pilots in India. And in the last five years around 4267 licenses have been issued.
According to sources, among those 430 million Indian women; 67 million are literate Muslim women
Do you have information you wish to share with PakistanTribe.com? Email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share. Follow PakistanTribe on Twitter Follow @PakistanTribe and Join us on Facebook