Nineteen-year-old Belgian Zara Rutherford has embarked on a bold endeavor by flying solo across 52 countries and five continents for a cause.
She hopes to become the youngest woman to solo circumnavigate the globe, and believes that her journey will help highlight the gender gap in aviation and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related careers.
Her journey began from her motherland Belgium on August 18, 2021 and she hopes to clock 51,000 kilometres in the world’s fastest, Shark ultralight plane.
In her attempt, she has been generously supported by one of World’s leading air-compressor manufacturers ELGI. She made a landing in Coimbatore, and addressed the press and media at ELGI Equipments, Singanallur along with her sponsor Jairam Varadaraj, Managing Director, Elgi Equipments Limited.
He said “Zara Rutherford is an amazing young woman. We are excited to be a part of her journey. Women are largely underrepresented in the manufacturing industry, and at ELGi, we firmly believe that diversity adds new perspectives, stimulates innovation, raises overall standards of work, and improves results.”