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FABA 2016: Dreams Soar

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Global Solo Flight for STEM

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As 28-year-old pilot Shaesta Waiz sets off on an ambitious solo flight around the world to raise awareness for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for youth, several individuals and organizations have come together to make Dreams Soar a reality.

The Dreams Soar route includes approximately 33 stops in 18 countries across five continents with each stop strategically selected to provide STEM outreach events. By completing the 24,831 mile journey, Capt. Waiz will become the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world.

Capt. Waiz, who was born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan, is spearheading the Dreams Soar initiative to encourage a future generation of women in aviation and STEM. Her solo flight would not be possible without the support of contributions from organizations and individuals.

The Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) has provided several opportunities for Dreams Soar to build relations with the aviation community in Florida. Due to FABA’s on-going support, Dreams Soar is dedicating the first leg of the flight to FABA from Daytona Beach, Florida to Columbus, Ohio. A special thank you to FABA, its board of directors and members for allowing our Dreams to Soar.

Dreams Soar is also being honored by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) through a series of ceremonies around the world commemorating her flight, through the leadership of ICAO Council representative Capt. Aysha Alhameli, the first female pilot in the UAE.

To follow the Dreams Soar journey, visit

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