99s go to Egypt to encourage young people and remember El Nadi
A group of 30 Egyptian orphans were served a special treat to understand what it takes to be a pilot and how to reach for the skies and achieve personal goals.
The event – sponsored by Abela Egypt and Ayla Aviation Academy of Jordan – was organised by the Arabian section of the women pilots’ group, the 99s.
Apart from enjoying an aeroplane shaped cake, the young people learned team work skills, how not to be ‘over’ confident and multi tasking, all value attributes for a pilot, according to the 99s governor, Alia Twal, a pilot with Royal Jordanian.
Twal explained how Egypt had a fine record in supporting pioneering aviatrixes.
One of the 12 women pilots that formed the Arabian chapterof the group was Lotifa El Nadi , who was not only the first Egyptian woman pilot but also the first Arab woman pilot and only the second woman after Ameila Earhart to fly solo.
Now the Arabian section counts 110 members from around the world including 7 members from Egypt .
“Lotifa El Nadi was an astounding woman , she changed the perception of women's intelligence and capabilities in Egypt almost a century ago . She lived a rightly glorified life in Egypt as she received multiple medals . Her appreciation stands long after her passing away. In 2014 she was featured in Google Doodle of her 107th birthday,” Twal said.