Rabia Futehally was the first woman pilot in India to obtain a Private Pilot Licence from the Bombay Flying Club (BFC).
Last month, she was honoured as a 2012 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship (IFF) in Atchison, Kansas. She was recognized for her contributions to international women’s aviation and civil aviation in India, Among the more than 1300 honourees are other internationally recognized flyers.
Rabia has co-founding the Indian Women Pilots’ Association (IWPA) to her credit, along with two other female pilots of Indian origin.
Rabia, an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Kathakali dancer, says youngsters till this day tell her how she inspired them. Although she quit flying 15 years ago, she still works with the BFC.