Women pilots flying high

Indira Mittra has been flying for 17 years. She is one of India’s most experienced pilots and few men pilots can hold a candle to her. When she started out there were only a handful of women pilots in the Indian skies, but today there are 137 of them, and the tribe is growing.

Attractive remuneration, societal respect, spirit of adventure and the thrill of the unknown are driving the women of today to join a profession which was once deemed a man’s den. There are over 1,300 men pilots in India.

Says Mittra, who is currently serving Air Deccan, “Several women today love to pilot. Parents are much more understanding these days. I wanted to be an astronaut, but I’m happy I’ve reached at least half-way there.”

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