Australian women have taken to the skies in a spectacular fashion this week with the launch of Women Of Aviation week across the country.
Women from all ages have already taken advantage of the heavily discounted trial instructional flights, simulator sessions and free discovery flights being offered this week across the 12 different events throughout the country.
One WOAW event also obtaining major support and media attention is the Women Pilots Relay around Australia. ‘The relay idea started over a glass of wine amongst a few female pilots last year and has gained huge momentum from there. We aim to share with women and girls of all ages that females are involved in aviation and we also wanted to raise money for The Cancer Council .’ – Margie Sullivan – relay participant.
The Relay Around Australia commenced from Avalon Air show on the 2nd March and has already travelled to Sydney, NSW. There are over 60 female pilots participating in the relay, with the support of military and civilian participants, may of them members of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. The relay will travel over 26,000 km around the country in an anti clockwise direction, going in various aircraft including small fixed wing and helicopters, military aircraft, airliners, gliders, a hot air balloon and possibly even a sky diving experience.