Fatima Shafi, Pilot

Fatima Shafi, Pilot

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Born in Pakistan, Fatima Shafi grew up in the city of Islamabad. Fatima earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. After earning her degree, she became an officer in the Pakistan Air Force where she served, for five years, as an engineering officer on F-16 and Mirage weapon Systems. During her military career she has been positioned at the PAF Base Risalpur, Kamra, Masroor, Sargodha Pasni and Jacobbabad. She is the first woman in the history of Pakistan and Pakistan Air Force to serve as an engineering officer in a fighter squadron. Her history making assignment included launching fighter jets on combat missions and running a fighter jet flight line, supervising over two hundred enlisted men of different technical trades. She is also the first woman in Pakistan Air Force Officer to fly in an F-16 and attend airborne school. However, after attending 3 weeks of rigorous training at the Para school she did not make the jumps required to earn her para-wings. Today, thanks to the road paved by Fatima, women in Pakistan Air Force are allowed to complete the entire program and earn their Para-wings. In 2008, Fatima left Pakistan and came to the United States. Late one night she arrived in Vero Beach, Florida. As she stepped off the bus, She didn't know a soul in the country, besides the cultural and language barrier. About two hours and one 911 call later, Fatima was on her way to become a pilot at FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach Florida where she earned her pilot ratings and a second degree in Aeronautical Sciences. She started her flying career as a Flight Instructor teaching students how to fly. In 2012 Fatima became a commercial Airline Pilot and over the years has conducted flights to Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and Caribbean besides within the United States Today, Fatima is a Captain at Delta Air Lines and rated on many different commercial jets including Airbus 320, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 and Airbus 220 to name a few. Fatima is a New York resident and calls the upper east side in Manhattan home. In New York, she engages actively with the community and the United Nations headquarters as a guest speaker. She spreads the message, that its okay to step out of your fear, it's ok to step out of your home and have a career; Its okay to have a dream; Its okay to break free, it’s ok to fly and when someone raises an eye brow or lifts finger at you and tells you can’t do it, it’s ok to do it twice and take pictures.