Women take flight over Bathurst

Women take flight over Bathurst

BY SARA BOORER

Bathurst Airport was well and truly taking off over the weekend with around 100 women taking flight for the first time in light aircrafts in the annual Women With Wings event.

Women and wings at Bathurst airport

Women and wings at Bathurst airport

This is the third time the event has taken place in Bathurst.

Organiser Eevon Chia, says it is run each year at the same time, celebrating Women of Aviation Week, the anniversary of the date the first female pilot received her licence in 1910.

The event extends a warm welcome to women to enter aviation and give sa chance to experience firsthand what a career or hobby in aviation would entail.

The event aims to encourage women to take up flying

The event aims to encourage women to take up flying

With women representing only six per cent of pilots in Australia, events such as Women With Wings is looking to the future to one day close the gap for women.

Tammy Augostin, a commercial ilot  organiser of the event, says “it’s really important that we hold events like this to get women interested in aviation, it’s an area that still has a major gender gap in Australia and it’s important that women know all of the avenues they can look to”.

Tammy has written a book highlighting all of the different career paths available to women in aviation, A females guide to aviation careers & hobbies- why not think aviation?

Another pilot taking part in the day, Dianne, who got her licence in 1957, says that there “isn’t a feeling quite like flying” and it’s important that the opportunity to do so is advertised to women just as much as it is to men.

For more information on scholarships available and careers in aviation, visit the Women in Aviation Australia Facebook page.

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