An MIT Alumni Association Publication
A new video on TechTV peeks into the world of Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski, an MIT physics student who began taking flight lessons at age 9 and by age 12 was encouraged to build her own airplane--and attend MIT. She did both.

Reflecting on her path to aviation, Pasterski says, "Flying was amazing. It gave me a different view of the world. It also exposed me to a new group of people--general aviation enthusiasts who had built airplanes, flown in air shows--a close-knit community that I had now become a part of."

Watch the entire seven-minute video below or on TechTV.


Philip Cassady

Fri, 09/30/2011 4:14pm

Did they ever discover the cause of the 13 fatal crashes of this model aircraft? What have they done to improve the design?

Paul Mulwitz

Thu, 03/29/2012 7:54am

Yes, the problems with the Zodiac XL design have been found and fixed in a design update. The NTSB and FAA asked all owners to ground their planes until the upgrade is installed.

In reply to by Philip Cassady

Joshua Green

Thu, 11/17/2011 1:19pm

It's truly amazing for a 12-year old girl to be able to build her own airplane! Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is someone worth looking up to. She's one of the few people who have accomplish such a triumph.

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