Sumary of Teenage Aviator Aims to Be Youngest Woman to Circle the Globe Solo:
- Zara Rutherford, 19, was about 20 minutes into a flight from Iceland to Greenland when her tiny plane lost radio contact with the outside world.
- Her list includes Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman in the United States to earn a pilot’s license, and Lilian Bland, a British aviation pioneer who is thought to be the first woman to design, build and fly her own plane.
- The route is almost comically squiggly, in part, she said, because her two-seater plane is unable to fly long distances over oceans, but also because she likes the idea of a grand adventure.
- After her radio cut out during the journey to Greenland, for example, he asked in a text message if she was able to climb through holes in the clouds to an altitude where the visibility would be better.
- But she will inevitably encounter stiff winds, he added, as well as clouds that she cannot fly through because her plane is not certified to fly on instruments alone.
- Before she left, she practiced escaping from a plane in an underwater simulator.