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
The Womens Pilots’ Relay of flight is gaining momentum! Check out the latest activity on the facebook site here: https://www.facebook.com/WomenPilotsRelay
There is also an ABC report on the Nowra leg which can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-03/flying-relay-reaches-hmas-albatross/6278058
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!
Women pilots from all areas of Australia will fly their aircraft around Australia and pass a commemorative baton from each flight crew to the next. The relay aims to assist in raising awareness of women in aviation and also raising funds. This year the decision was made by the National AWPA Committee to donate the funds to the Cancer Council.Today was the third day of the relay and Shelly and Catherine flew the baton from Moruya to the Nowra girls. An afternoon tea was held at the base amidst much excitement. It was great to see a group of female school students there and also to meet the Navy girls, they are an inspiration and a great model for any women interested in aviation. Well done to all involved.
If you are interested in raising more awareness of women in aviation and also want to assist to raise funds for the relay, please share the below links to donate to the cause.Please also share this relay information with family and friends and help us find a cure.