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Zara Rutherford

Youngest Female Pilot to Fly Solo Around the World

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Zara Rutherford Biography

Zara Rutherford is a Belgian-British pilot. She became the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world after a five-month journey which began in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 18 August 2021, and ended on 20 January 2022.

On 26 July 2021, at a press conference in Popham Airfield near Winchester, Rutherford announced her bid to become the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world at the age of 19. She aimed to break the record previously set by American pilot Shaesta Waiz, who achieved the record in 2017 at the age of 30. Aside from this record, she also attempted to break two other records — to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight aircraft and the first Belgian to circumnavigate the world solo in a single-engine aircraft. The record-breaking attempt was also meant to raise awareness about the gender gap in fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aviation, and to inspire more women and girls to be involved in STEM fields early. Her attempt was supported by main sponsor ICDSoft, a web hosting service, Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Belgian start-up SafeSky, and Dutch staffing and recruitment company TMC Group. She also partnered with charities Girls Who Code and Dreams Soar, which aim to inspire and help women and girls to enter into STEM fields.

Rutherford began her solo attempt from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in Belgium on 18 August 2021 aboard a Shark UL aircraft, which was loaned to her by the Slovakian manufacturer Shark.Aero. From Kortrijk, she flew to Popham Airfield where she spent an hour before flying to Wick in Scotland via Aberdeen. The following day, she landed in Reykjavík, Iceland after a five-hour flight.

After starting her journey, Rutherford made stops in Greenland, Canada, the East Coast of the United States, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, the West Coast of the United States, and the US state of Alaska. After arriving in Nome, Alaska on 30 September 2021, she was forced to wait a week for her Russian visa to be renewed. By the time her passport arrived back from the Russian consulate in Houston, Texas, the weather had turned bad and she had to wait another three weeks before she could cross the Bering Strait, time spent in part carrying out maintenance. On 1 November 2021, she finally reached Anadyr, Russia — the halfway point of her journey. From Anadyr, she flew to Magadan on the following day, and on 9 November, she stopped at Ayan — a town with only 800 people, none of whom spoke English, and which had no WiFi service — where she was stuck again due to a winter storm. She finally reached Khabarovsk on 30 November and Vladivostok on 2 December.

After flying from Russia on 11 December, Rutherford intended to make stops in China, but because of the country's strict COVID-19 restrictions, she was forced to make a detour over the Sea of Japan and fly to South Korea instead. During the six-hour flight, she had difficulty contacting air traffic controllers in Seoul and she sought the help of a KLM commercial pilot who forwarded her messages to air traffic control and helped her find the correct frequencies. She landed in Gimpo on the same day. On 13 December, she departed for a stop at Muan before flying again the following day to Taipei, Taiwan. On 16 December, Rutherford landed in Clark, Pampanga in the Philippines. She intended to make a second stop in Dumaguete but had to fly the following day to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia so as to avoid the approaching Typhoon Rai.

From Kota Kinabalu, she made stops in Ketapang and Jakarta in Indonesia and Seletar in Singapore. During the flight to Banda Aceh on 27 December, she flew too close to a thunderstorm and saw lightning bolts some 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from her. After Banda Aceh, she made stops in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Coimbatore, India. After stopping for the New Year in Mumbai, Rutherford began 2022 with stops in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and in Riyadh and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia where she was welcomed by Saudi prince and former pilot and astronaut Sultan bin Salman Al Saud. After a stop in Alexandria in Egypt on 8 January 2022, she arrived at Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete for another stop.

Rutherford made stops in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 14 January 2022, and in Senica, Slovakia, before landing at Benešov, Czech Republic on 16 January.[14] She landed at Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport, Germany on 19 January and arrived in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 20 January 2022 to complete her circumnavigation.

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Zara Rutherford Biography

Zara Rutherford is a Belgian-British pilot. She became the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world after a five-month journey which began in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 18 August 2021, and ended on 20 January 2022.

On 26 July 2021, at a press conference in Popham Airfield near Winchester, Rutherford announced her bid to become the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world at the age of 19. She aimed to break the record previously set by American pilot Shaesta Waiz, who achieved the record in 2017 at the age of 30. Aside from this record, she also attempted to break two other records — to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight aircraft and the first Belgian to circumnavigate the world solo in a single-engine aircraft. The record-breaking attempt was also meant to raise awareness about the gender gap in fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aviation, and to inspire more women and girls to be involved in STEM fields early. Her attempt was supported by main sponsor ICDSoft, a web hosting service, Richard Branson's Virgin Group, Belgian start-up SafeSky, and Dutch staffing and recruitment company TMC Group. She also partnered with charities Girls Who Code and Dreams Soar, which aim to inspire and help women and girls to enter into STEM fields.

Rutherford began her solo attempt from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in Belgium on 18 August 2021 aboard a Shark UL aircraft, which was loaned to her by the Slovakian manufacturer Shark.Aero. From Kortrijk, she flew to Popham Airfield where she spent an hour before flying to Wick in Scotland via Aberdeen. The following day, she landed in Reykjavík, Iceland after a five-hour flight.

After starting her journey, Rutherford made stops in Greenland, Canada, the East Coast of the United States, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, the West Coast of the United States, and the US state of Alaska. After arriving in Nome, Alaska on 30 September 2021, she was forced to wait a week for her Russian visa to be renewed. By the time her passport arrived back from the Russian consulate in Houston, Texas, the weather had turned bad and she had to wait another three weeks before she could cross the Bering Strait, time spent in part carrying out maintenance. On 1 November 2021, she finally reached Anadyr, Russia — the halfway point of her journey. From Anadyr, she flew to Magadan on the following day, and on 9 November, she stopped at Ayan — a town with only 800 people, none of whom spoke English, and which had no WiFi service — where she was stuck again due to a winter storm. She finally reached Khabarovsk on 30 November and Vladivostok on 2 December.

After flying from Russia on 11 December, Rutherford intended to make stops in China, but because of the country's strict COVID-19 restrictions, she was forced to make a detour over the Sea of Japan and fly to South Korea instead. During the six-hour flight, she had difficulty contacting air traffic controllers in Seoul and she sought the help of a KLM commercial pilot who forwarded her messages to air traffic control and helped her find the correct frequencies. She landed in Gimpo on the same day. On 13 December, she departed for a stop at Muan before flying again the following day to Taipei, Taiwan. On 16 December, Rutherford landed in Clark, Pampanga in the Philippines. She intended to make a second stop in Dumaguete but had to fly the following day to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia so as to avoid the approaching Typhoon Rai.

From Kota Kinabalu, she made stops in Ketapang and Jakarta in Indonesia and Seletar in Singapore. During the flight to Banda Aceh on 27 December, she flew too close to a thunderstorm and saw lightning bolts some 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from her. After Banda Aceh, she made stops in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Coimbatore, India. After stopping for the New Year in Mumbai, Rutherford began 2022 with stops in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and in Riyadh and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia where she was welcomed by Saudi prince and former pilot and astronaut Sultan bin Salman Al Saud. After a stop in Alexandria in Egypt on 8 January 2022, she arrived at Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete for another stop.

Rutherford made stops in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 14 January 2022, and in Senica, Slovakia, before landing at Benešov, Czech Republic on 16 January.[14] She landed at Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport, Germany on 19 January and arrived in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 20 January 2022 to complete her circumnavigation.

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  • How to book Zara Rutherford?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Zara Rutherford for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Zara Rutherford, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Zara Rutherford or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Zara Rutherford?

    Booking fees for Zara Rutherford, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Zara Rutherford, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Zara Rutherford?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Zara Rutherford for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zara Rutherford for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Zara Rutherford or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Zara Rutherford or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Zara Rutherford is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Zara Rutherford for your event is available upon request. Zara Rutherford generally travels from BrusselsBelgium and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Carlotta Berry, Lauren Lyons, Karlie Kloss, Kenneth Harris II and Michael Lutomski. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Zara Rutherford for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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