Youngest woman to fly solo around the world attempts on 18th August!

Zara Rutherford - the youngest woman to attempt flying solo around the world

Zara Rutherford wants to encourage women to take up careers in aviation and other technical and scientific fields - Credit: Graphic News via FlyZolo

Zara Rutherford, a nineteen year-old who has been flying since the age of four, is about to embark on a world record solo flight around the world.

Take off is planned for 10:30 local time on the 18th August, from EBKT Kortrijk Wevelgem Airport.

If successful, Rutherford would be the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe, and the youngest person to make the 50,100km (27,052nm) trip in a microlight aircraft. She is flying a Shark powered by a 100hp Rotax 91 ULS.  

Announcing the flight, Rutherford said: “The current female record holder is American, Shaesta Waiz who was thirty years old at the time of her circumnavigation in 2017. The youngest male record holder is just over eighteen years old. The gap in ages between the men and women is one indication of the disparity in the number of male and female opportunity. I am hoping to get more girls interested in aviation”.

Her flight can be followed on Zara's website: www.flyzolo.com 

You can see all her planned stops on the arrivals board and live tracking is available here

Pilot wishes Zara good luck in her incredible feat! We will be cheering her on!

The route Zara Rutherford will take when she attempts her solo flight around the world

The route will be flown at an average cruise speed of about 140kt - Credit: Graphic News via FlyZolo