An aviation doctor has already examined Hindi, who is awaiting a medical clearance certificate to be issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency of the US Department of Transportation.
“Call me after a few days from now, I will talk to you from the sky,” Hindi said on Wednesday.
“It was mainly a kidney problem that was hindering my promising career. … I underwent a nephrectomy procedure, and there is no hindrance now on my dream to fly a jet. One healthy kidney is enough to do all the work.”
She thanked all her well-wishers, especially Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).
After graduating from Jordan’s Middle East Aviation Academy in 2006, Hindi signed a 10-year contract to fly the KHC jets. Hindi said Prince Alwaleed had been supporting her from her student days.
“The prince has been unflinchingly resolute in his endeavor to champion women’s issues,” said Hindi. “He sponsored my training and offered me a job,” she added.
After obtaining her Jordanian Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) and Instrument Rating in 2006, Hindi trained in the UK to get the European CPL.
Asked about her views on issues affecting women in Saudi Arabia, Hindi said: “We must destroy the myth that allowing women to work somehow undermines our religion or contravenes the teachings of Islam.
“It is my belief that to be a good Muslim, irrespective of gender, you have to work hard and not be a burden on anyone.”
Hindi, who hails from Makkah, said that the business community was finally waking up to the reality that Saudi women can do an awful lot and have so much to offer. Hindi has also been named one of the 100 greatest women in aviation.
“I have been receiving several awards and commendations from different global organizations, including Saudi agencies and individuals, despite the fact that I will be working in an area that has been always dominated by men, at least in this part of the world,” said Hindi.
She said several Arab and Saudi girls were now studying aviation in different countries across the world.

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