Captain Salwa takes off to New Zealand to fulfill her dream of flying commercial airliner

Hyderabad: Captain Salwa Fatima, the first woman from old city, who created history by obtaining Andhra Pradesh Civil Aviation Academy Private Pilot Licence and Flight Radio Telephone Operator licence will soon add one more feather in her cap. Salwa Fatima who belongs to historical city of Hyderabad has left for New Zealand for getting Multi Engine Training where she will attend 20-day course at New Zealand International Commercial Academy.

It must be recalled that Siasat Editor, Mr. Zahid Ali Khan helped her to get commercial pilot training. On the request of Siasat editor Mr. Zahid Ali Khan representation was made to Chief Minister KCR to grant financial assistance to the Muslim woman pilot to get training of Multi-Engine Rating Course in New Zealand. On this KCR gave an immediate and positive response and sanctioned grant while issuing orders to release Rs. 36 lakh required for the training. TRS MLC Mohammed Farooq Husain also played commendable role in this regard.

Before leaving for New Zealand, Salwa Fatima, along with her husband and daughter, called on Siasat editor Mr. Zahed Ali Khan, who garlanded Salwa Fatima and extended his best wishes.

Syeda Salwa Fatima informed that the training will begin on September 28 and will end on October 12 she will return Hyderabad on October 14. She further revealed that she would go to Dubai or Bahrain to complete 2-month typewriting course, after which she would be eligible to fly multi-engine planes such as an Airbus 320 and Boeing planes. She will be appointed as first officer, which means she will work as co-pilot.

Parents of Salwa Fatima Mr. Syed Ashfaq Ahmed, an Old City bakery worker and Mrs. Syeda Siraj Fatima are thankful to Mr. Zahed Ali Khan for the key role he played in the success of Syeda Salwa Fatima.

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