Its okay to be afraid; it doesn’t mean you’re not brave

After a long flying break due to bad weather, and two tragic aircraft accidents also happening  during that time, I had lost some confidence in my ability as a pilot. When the opportunity to pilot Tweety came on Sunday, I was afraid.

It took encouragement, understanding and hugs to get me going again. Once I was in the cockpit, fear subsided a little and the training kicked in and all was good. I did it afraid.

I think that often-times,  this is the way its going to be;  and that’s okay. I think this quote from Brene Brown sums it up really well and I wanted to share it with you just in case there are some days when you’re afraid too. Kirsten x


‘It’s okay; you can be brave and afraid at the exact same time. And you’re going to feel like that the rest of your life, and when you feel brave and afraid at the exact same time, it’s when you’re the most alive; and all the work that you’ll do that you care about the most will make you feel like this. It’s okay to be afraid; it doesn’t mean you’re not brave.’         by  Brene Brown





‘This is not Singapore…….!”

We were two of the thousands of people who watched the first Qantas 747-400, VH-OJA land at Illawarra Airport a couple of weeks ago. The jumbo took 9 minutes to make the trip from Sydney. Captain Greg Matthews executed a flawless landing with runway room to spare. A very excited crowd welcomed the giant to her new home. OJA is now parked pernamently in front of the  Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) hangar complex. She will be on public display every month.   Kirsten x

Womens Pilots’ Relay gathering momentum

The Womens Pilots’ Relay of flight is gaining momentum! Check out the latest activity on the facebook site here:

There is also an ABC report on the Nowra leg which can be found here:

Here is snippet of the report that resonated with me:

“Lieutenant Moffat has been flying since she was 16-years-old after winning a scholarship.

“I remember my very, very first flight. It was a trial, introductory flight and I was so nervous because I didn’t really know what to expect and then all of sudden, you’re up and you’re away and you’re in the air. It was amazing,” she said.

Lieutenant Moffat said she hopes the inaugural Women Pilots Relay of Flight will inspire other young women to pursue a career in aviation.

“I really believe you can’t aspire to be something if you can’t see it. And I didn’t really have any role models sort of going through until I got to the fleet air arm. For me that was a real pivotal turning point where I could see somebody seeing what I wanted to do. So I’d like to, hopefully, if I can, be that person for someone else down the track.”

I’m sure she already is!