It was a very special Christmas eve in Singapore as we received 19-year-old aviator Zara Rutherford at Seletar airport. With her arrival in Singapore on 24 December 2021 onboard her Czech-Slovak Shark aircraft, the Belgian pilot was well on course to breaking a world record as the youngest woman ever to circumnavigate the globe, and the youngest person ever to fly around the world in an ultralight.

Shortly after her dramatic landing in Singapore, just before a tropical thunderstorm rolled in, Zara participated in a special webinar co-organised by AAIS, the Belgian embassy, the Czech Republic embassy, and Women in Aviation International SG Chapter. The intrepid teenager spoke to young men and women and aviation enthusiasts about her adventure and aspirations, sharing the challenges and wonderful experiences from her unique and daring flying expedition.

Follow the progress of Zara’s quest at


Watch this Webinar below