One of the youngest aerobatic pilots in the world and the only female on the Iberian Peninsula, Diana Gomes Da Silva saw her passion for flying become a reality at an early age. She became the first and youngest Portuguese aerobatic pilot at the age of 21.
Although she has a degree in media and cultural journalism from the Portuguese Catholic University, her Airline Transport Pilot license allowed her to become a professional airline pilot flying the Airbus 320. She was the first female Airbus pilot. She has, thus far, worked with four airlines and lived in the Middle East for five years.
Because of her love of aerobatics, her main flying passion, Diana Gomes Da Silva took courses at the Tuttima Academy of Aviation Safety in 2008. She also these days works as a flight instructor at OMNI and has written an opinion piece for Sirius, Portugal’s largest aviation magazine. Her time spent working in the Middle East saw her found an aerobatic school in Abu Dhabi.
Besides her work as an airline pilot and her aerobatic flying, Diana Gomes Da Silva is a keen sportswoman who plays tennis, dives, takes part in athletics and snowboarding, and has competed in bodyboard events. As an acrobatic flyer, she has purchased a Pitt S1S as well as a Pitts S2B. Aerobatics, she believes, is a spectacular sport that dazzles people. The sport reflects both skill and courage while serving as an excellent platform to promote a particular brand.
With her name inscribed in Portuguese aviation history as the first Portuguese female aerobatics pilot, Diana Gomes Da Silva aims to grow in her sport and achieve the highest international level. Someone who has become a respected figure in the aviation field, she writes about various aspects of the industry frequently and also does consulting work. She is considered a role model and is someone who has achieved her dream in a field that only sees a four percent participation in women.
As to her future dreams, Diana Gomes Da Silva not only wants to be the oldest aerobatic pilot flying but also wants to apply to become an astronaut. She believes that with the correct mindset, the sky indeed is the limit.
As a conference speaker, Diana Gomes Da Silva has become highly sought after for her various talks relating not only to the field of aviation but to life and even business in general. She lives in Portugal and is fluent in Portuguese and English with an excellent working proficiency in Spanish.