Since her launch on Saturday, May 13 from Daytona Beach, Florida, I've been on the sidelines anxiously waiting for Shaesta Waiz, to make her historic crossing of the transatlantic ocean from Newfoundland to the Azores.
On June 9 she flew solo from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (CYYT) to Santa Maria Island, Portugal (LPAZ) in the Azores in 8 hours, 10 minutes; then flew from LPAZ to Madrid’s Cuatro Vientos airport (LECU) in 7 hours. What an amazing accomplishment with both flight legs completed perfectly and in less time than scheduled.
Of course, this is just a part of her solo journey around the globe where she plans to make over 30 stops on five continents, in 18 countries – with more than 25,000 miles flown. Her mission is to share the importance of STEM education to children, especially young girls, around the world. She is sharing her passion for aviation and the importance of education by meeting with schoolchildren, aviation professionals and student pilots. As someone who has witnessed her speaking to a large group of young children, she is captivating and no doubt making an impression on everyone she meets.
As a board member of Dreams Soar, I've had the opportunity to act as her public relations consultant and my focus is to obtain media coverage from a variety of outlets to help promote Dreams Soar's mission. Here's a recent story about Shaesta in Amy Poehler's Smart Girls blog.
Now that Shaesta's in Europe, she will be visiting Madrid, London and more amazing places to encourage the next generation to pursue STEM-related careers. Follow her on her journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.