A 99-year-old California woman is now in the record books as the world’s oldest active pilot and flight instructor.

Robina Asti gave her final flight lesson Sunday for a flight academy at Riverside Municipal Airport.

Robina said she wanted to show that seniors are strong, vital, and can still contribute.


“I love getting people to experience what it’s like to lift off this Earth,” she said. “It is so good.”

She took student Brandon Martini with her. The previous record-holder, an Iowa man, flew at age 98. Robina has been teaching people how to fly for decades.