Friday, December 31, 2021

Coimbatore-based company to sponsor British-Belgian teen pilot's bid to circle the globe

 Chennai: Coimbatore-based Elgi Equipments, an air compressor manufacturing company, is sponsoring 19-year-old Zara Rutherford's record-breaking attempt to circle the globe. Following Guinness World record requirements, Zara, who left Belgium on August 18, plans to complete her journey across 52 countries and five continents by the middle of January, making her the youngest person to fly, solo, a microlight around the world and the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe.

Zara Rutherford hopes her journey will help highlight the gender gap in aviation and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related careers.

"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," said Jairam Varadaraj, managing director, Elgi Equipments Limited.

Over the course of her 51,000-km route, during which she will cross the equator twice, at Jakarta, Indonesia, Zara has been meeting with local youth to bring more visibility to aviation and STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), specifically for young girls.

31/12/21 Times of India

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