September 29, 2022

Welcome to Euronews Journey’s Ladies Past Borders, the place we deliver you girls from internationally who’re residing courageous, adventurous lives, and conquering private challenges on the highway.

Whereas some are crossing the world in pursuit of essentially the most distinctive experiences, or pursuing a way of life that many would dream of, others are breaking the mould of historically male-dominated industries. We hope the sequence evokes you to consider within the energy of your individual goals.

Once you consider a pilot and CEO of a journey firm you most likely don’t image a 24-year-old girl. However Mia Biilmann Larsen is precisely that.

It’s estimated that simply 5 to 10 per cent of industrial pilots worldwide are girls. Regardless of this statistic Mia says she by no means felt held again as a few of the pilots in her family-run firm, AirZafari Greenland, are feminine.

“It hasn’t actually been one thing that I believed that I would not have the ability to do as a result of I am a lady or a girl. I’ve by no means had that have,” explains Mia.

“However seeing folks’s reactions now to at any time when I say, ‘Yeah, I am a pilot’. It is like they only count on me to be the one introducing the expertise after which the pilot will come and take over.”

Mia says she’s had an overwhelmingly optimistic expertise as a feminine pilot. However she did inform Euronews Journey of 1 instance of sexism throughout her pilot coaching.

‘[I was] sitting in my uniform and speaking about a few of the planes we had been watching.”

“I stated, ‘Oh, it is such a ravishing jet’ and all people was it and nodding.

“After which one in all them stated, with out even enthusiastic about it, ‘Oh, yeah, perhaps go ask in the event that they want a stewardess’.”

“And I used to be like ‘I might like to be a stewardesshowever that is not why I am right here. I am in my pilot uniform.’”

What’s it prefer to fly over Greenland?

Flying has at all times been an enormous a part of Mia’s life. Rising up with pilot dad and mom, they went on all types of adventures, a privilege Mia is vastly grateful for.

For a very long time, she thought her profession would possibly take a distinct path however quickly realised flying was her vocation.

She started her pilot coaching in 2019 in Denmark and as soon as accomplished, headed again to Greenland to hitch AirZafari as a pilot. She turned CEO in 2021.

“It is so superb to, every day, have a job the place you share experiences which can be adventurous, which can be new and thrilling to folks.

Mia’s work sees her taking each locals and vacationers on flights from the nation’s major airport at Kangerlussuaq and from the most important city in western Greenland, Ilulissat to above the arctic environment and to the ice shelf.

Based on Mia, “It is a spectacular view no matter what number of occasions you have seen it” and it’s not unusual for friends to cry tears of pleasure in the course of the flight. She typically sheds a tear too.

Although there’s numerous moments that stick in Mia’s head from unbelievable mild to emotional connections with friends, one in all Mia’s most particular moments up to now was the primary time she flew to Nuuk, the capital and her hometown, along with her dad and mom onboard.

Local weather change in Greenland

Greenland contributes lower than 1 per cent of the world’s whole carbon emissions nevertheless it’s one of many locations struggling the results essentially the most.

Mia has seen the change in Greenland’s climate throughout her lifetime, changing into hotter, wetter and cloudier.

Based on NASA information, your complete nation is dropping 254 billion tonnes of ice mass per yr. Over 100 billions tonnes greater than Antarctica.

Many locals have by no means seen the shelf, however Mia is fortunate sufficient to fly over it repeatedly.

“It is one thing that’s occurring in our yard, however we have now a really large yard,” she explains.

To assist increase consciousness and educate locals, Mia now presents empty seats on her flights to kids from native faculties.

“I’ve undoubtedly flown with some locals which can be very shocked by the dimensions of it,”

“For the few which have gone, both by one other aircraft or helicopter earlier than, a few years in the past, for them to come back and see it once more with us, some are actually shocked and overwhelmed by how a lot it is modified.”

Watch the video above to study extra about Mia flying in Greenland.

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