Women Of Aviation Week
Fly it Forward 6-11 March 2017
On Saturday 11 March 13 aircraft and pilots, along with other Temora Flyers volunteers (17) in support, flew with 65 ladies for their first time in a small aircraft. The day started early, to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.
After a safety briefing, local pilots and their aircraft happily volunteered their time to share the fun of flying and encourage ladies who had never considered flying or aviation to take to the skies.
Aircraft ranged in size from two seat Light Sport Aircraft to one four seat aircraft, and speeds from the 50 knots of the Legal Eagle to the powerful 140 knot F1 Rockets and all speeds in between.
During the day, a Royal Australia Air Force CT-4 and King Air flew in for participants to look over, and the Defence force recruiting tent and FA-18 flight simulator were kept busy, talking flying and the possibility of careers in aviation.
Local sport and recreational aviation administrative organisation Recreational Aviation Australia completed three interviews of TFI female pilots and female defence force personnel, to promote the possibility of female participation in aviation careers ranging from the obvious pilot role, to support personnel like ATC, engineering, catering and more. One defence force recruiting officer was heard to comment for every pilot, there are 20 or more support personnel required.
By midday, the flood of women had reduced to a trickle, although the day’s activities were not over. Two young volunteers, Cassie and Alex had arranged to cut their hair, to raise money for Autism Awareness and donate their hair to the Pantene project for wigs for women affected by cancer treatments. This was a very successful ending to the day, with volunteers taking the opportunity to share stories about their day with each other, enjoy a BBQ and watch the girls cut their hair. By the time the hat had been passed around the girls had raised over $1000 including online contributions.
The next day, TFI held a pancake breakfast with pilots and volunteers attending.
Overall a great day had by all.
Women Of Aviation Week 2017