Elgi Sponsors Teen Pilot Zara Rutherford's Solo Attempt
Elgi Equipments, a leading air compressor manufacturer, has announced its sponsorship deal with 19-year-old Zara Rutherford, who is attempting to become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo.
Zara, who departed from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport Belgium on 18 August 2021, plans to complete her journey across 52 countries and five continents by the middle of this month.
She hopes her journey will help highlight the gender gap in aviation and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related careers.
Dr. Jairam Varadaraj, Managing Director, Elgi Equipments Limited, said, "Zara Rutherford is an amazing young woman. We are excited to be a part of her journey. Women are largely underrepresented in the manufacturing industry, and at ELGi, we firmly believe that diversity adds new perspectives, stimulates innovation, raises overall standards of work, and improves results."
Chris Ringlstetter, President, ELGi Europe, said, "I am excited about sponsoring Zara's mission to fly around the world solo, as well as the fact that she is raising awareness about gender equality and is motivating girls and women to get involved in STEM." (MT)