MOHAMMED Faizy, an Indian-origin teen from Mississauga, Ontario, has set the record for the youngest pilot to take his first solo flight in a fixed-wing aircraft at the age of 14 years and 6 days. He achieved this on December 18 at the Brampton Flying Club in Caledon.
According to information sent to The VOICE by his family, there were some 14-year-olds that have taken their first solo flight in the past but none of them did that only six days past their 14th birthday. That makes Mohammed the youngest ever pilot to fly a fixed-wing aircraft.
Based on existing record as mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records, the current youngest pilot to fly solo in a fixed-wing aircraft, Jonathan Strickland, was about 14 years and 4 months old when he established this record.
In Canada the age limit to take a solo pilot permit is 14 years as compared to the US where it is 16 years. Mohammed grew up playing on the flight simulator. His sister who got her private pilot license took him on a ride a few times when he was only nine years old.
Mohammed took his first flight in Vancouver with a flight instructor when he was 12 years old. He enjoyed watching the scenery from above and felt free like a bird. Since then he has been very passionate about flying. He took his flight training lessons at the Brampton Flight Centre, Caledon, in the Greater Toronto Area
Mohammed completed the PSTAR exam (scored over 90%), radio certificate exam and medical examination – the pre-requisites for taking the solo flight a few months before he turned 14 years.
He is quite excited and is now planning to achieve his next goal of getting his Private Pilot License followed by executing a Trans-Atlantic flight all alone.