‘Women-making gains in the field of aviation and opening the door for the next generation’
The Australian Chapter has been incredibly busy over the last couple of months. Not only have we celebrated our 1st birthday we also celebrated our very first regional conference on the very same day!
The chapter has been steadily growing in numbers since its inception in November 2015 and with the strong guidance of a great team at the helm, the Aussie chapter has been continuing to expand its outreach to members in all areas of Australia.
The first Australian conference was held in Brisbane, Queensland at the Airservices Air Traffic training facility, Brisbane International airport. WAI members and non-members attended from all states of Australia, some traveling as far as Western Australia.
Commencing on the Friday evening the chapter held a welcome at the Novotel Brisbane Airport hotel, where the 50+ attendees were officially welcomed to the event and had the opportunity to meet face to face. For many of us who had travelled great distances, it was our first time to meet each other in person. The group then shared a casual dinner afterwards.
The two day conference commenced with a full guest speaker program with speakers from various aviation fields and backgrounds. Airshow performers, engineers, STEM teachers, motivational speakers, recreational pilots, professional pilots and defence personnel. Attendees were then taken by groups to tour the Airservices Australia ATC training facilities and the Boeing Flight Services facilities, where they were treated to hands on interactive tours.
The evening then finished on a high with an exquisite dinner cruise on the Brisbane river paddle steamer the Kookaburra Queen.
Sunday was a full day at the RAAF Amberley airbase, where attendees where hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force and treated to various tours of the base, including getting up and personal with some very big red fire trucks and of course the mandatory airplanes. Lunch was served traditional military style in the Airmen’s Mess, however the food was not what one would expect of the military, with attendees served grilled Snapper, Chicken in creamy mushroom sauce and beef stroganoff, just to name a few.
Overall the conference was a huge success and the organising committee have been inundated with requests as to when the next one will be held. The chapter would like to thank all of the following sponsors of the event for making it possible to achieve such a wonderful outcome.
Panorama Airways, Airservices Australia, Boeing Flight Services Australia,Allianz Insurance, Royal Australian Air Force, QinitiQ Australia, RAAus, Paul Bennet Airshows, Sci-Fly STEM Outreach.
WAI Australian committee was thrilled to have a variety of guest speakers attending our first annual conference. Meet the 2016 speakers and learn all about them on the following link: Click here to meet the 2016 WAI Australian Conference Guest Speakers
WAI Australia would like to thank the following organisations for their support: