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Meet India’s first civilian female helicopter pilot: Kriti Garuda

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Kriti Garuda is the first and only Indian woman in the United States to be trained as a helicopter pilot. She holds five licenses, yet only two are necessary for pilot recruitment.

A helicopter is used to transport people. A pilot is a skilled and licensed pilot who flies a helicopter, and most pilots are men. It takes a lot of guts to pursue occupations that are dominated by men. By defying prejudices, this woman has taken it on as a challenge.

Meet the first civilian female helicopter pilot, a 30-year-old Andhra Pradesh lady. In addition, Kriti Garuda is the first and only Indian woman to receive helicopter pilot training in the United States. She holds five licenses, yet only two are necessary for pilot recruitment.

Kriti is calm and collected, the polar opposite of what one might anticipate from a lady with so much success.

You must be mentally calm and nimble at the same time to be a helicopter pilot. In addition, the weather in that location is unpredictable and might become hostile at any time. A single misstep might jeopardise your life. She has achieved this tranquilly as a consequence of her practical expertise.

Because she is the only child, Kriti found it difficult to persuade her parents. Her father is a doctor, while her mother is a psychotherapist. They urged that Kriti finish her education. As a result, she earned a formal engineering degree from BITS Pilani in Goa. Against her choice, she took a job.

However, the dream of becoming a pilot never left her mind over those two years. She took some time off work to travel and discover ways to make her dream a reality.

She had dreamed of being a helicopter pilot since she was a child. She was unaware, however, that a civilian might do so without pursuing a commercial aviation profession. Furthermore, due to the lack of a training school, becoming a civilian helicopter pilot in India is challenging. As a result, she earned a formal engineering degree from BITS Pilani in Goa. Against her choice, she took a job.

However, the dream of becoming a pilot never left her mind over those two years. She took some time off work to travel and discover ways to make her dream a reality. She had dreamed of being a helicopter pilot since she was a child. She was unaware, however, that a civilian might do so without pursuing a commercial aviation profession. Furthermore, due to the lack of a training school, becoming a civilian helicopter pilot in India is challenging.

After a thorough study, she discovered that she may pursue it in civil court, notably in Canada, the United States, and South Africa.

In 2017, she established a firm in Hawaii. The corporation has three bases, each on a different island. It’s a school that, among other things, conducts tours and charters on occasion.

Kriti enrolled in and completed helicopter pilot training in less than a year. After her amazing performance, she was employed as a teacher and worked for a year. Kriti was then promoted to Assistant Chief Pilot, and for the past two years, she has served as the Chief Pilot.

Kriti gives some tips on what skills are required for a successful pilot. Flying is more than simply utilising one’s brain.

It demands the pilot’s ability to detect the helicopter’s anatomy and emotion. Her challenges included racist and sexist comments. Because she was Indian, she had to cope with sneers from her classmates. Despite being criticised for her linguistic accents, Kriti faced it all.

Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to see some of the most significant events. Kriti has had a number of memorable events in her career, starting with her training as a pilot and progressing up the ranks. She learned as a tour pilot that dealing with guests and keeping them calm in the face of adverse weather was no easy assignment. She flew a helicopter that her boss had acquired, but owing to the Christmas season, transportation was problematic.

For 5-6 days, Kriti and a co-student flew it from Florida to Los Angeles. Her nocturnal flight over active lava was another unforgettable event. For her, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Her first interaction with Auto Rotation has left an unforgettable impression on her. It demonstrated to Kriti the importance of a pilot’s attention to the tiniest things, such as synchronising the fuel setting with the altitude. Another challenging talent is hovering in a helicopter. Kriti has mastered it and is eager to share her expertise.

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