Mansoor Anis a Muslim boy from Sharjah has become the youngest pilot in the world. He trained for just 25 hours and then took a plane by himself at the age of 14.
The young boy started his training when he was seven years old. His uncle who was a professional pilot himself introduced Mansoor to computer flight simulator for the first time.
Mansoor told Khaleej Times “With the simulation software, he (the uncle) began training me how to fly a plane. Since then I’ve had an interest in it.”
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When Mansoor was 13 years old he decided to take flying as a career. Then less than a year later he visited Canada with his mother to start training at AAA Aviation Flight Academy in British Columbia.
At first, the chief flight instructor of the academy was hesitant to take such a young boy but then the passion of Mansoor convinced him.
Mansoor said “At first, the CFI wasn’t ready to take me. But after my first flight, he was very excited to teach me because he found that I knew much and learned fast. “But it wasn’t so easy. Flying is a different feeling than the simulator. What I had learned from my uncle helped me a lot. For example, there were some theoretical things, like with the instruments, that he had taught me to use beforehand.”
On 30th August 2017 the youngster made history by conducting his first solo flight in a Cessna 152.
About the flight, Mansoor said “I was a little nervous, but I was ready to fly. I was excited. “The flight was about 10 or 12 minutes. I was most nervous about the landing. It’s really tough. It had taken me much time to learn how to land properly.”
Manssor received an overwhelming response on his achievement by people around the world. He informed “My family was really proud of me, and my friends were really happy for me. They now want to see me in school.”
Manssor’s father was proud of his son. “I am really very proud of him, and I feel like I’m in the sky. It’s a fantastic feeling for me. I don’t even have words.”
Also Mansoor broke record of least amount taken in training by a young pilot before his solo flight. The last record was of 34 hours which Mansoor broke by having just 25 hours training.
Mansoor was confident to take flying professionally in the future “I want to be an airline pilot. My dream airlines are Emirates and Etihad.”
His advice for others was this “When flying, you actually don’t need to be scared. It’s fun. You don’t need to give up easily.”