Women in Aviation Australian Chapter (WAI Australia) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.
It is the goal of our WAI chapter to assist the personal and professional development of future generations of aviation professionals. To achieve this goal, we are thrilled to be initiating the launch of our Australian Scholarship program, designed to inspire, educate and promote successful aviation careers!
We are reaching out to our industry leaders to enable our members to access training and education opportunities that they would otherwise be unable to achieve. Through this endeavour we hope to encourage others to consider a career in this exciting industry.
Our efforts to increase gender diversity in aviation, can’t take effect unless we have the support of everyone in our community! By getting involved in this program, you will be showing your continued support to the broader community and change the lives of many.
Chapter Membership Outreach team leader Lea Vesic was thrilled with the number of women and girls that came to see her and the other WAI volunteers at the stall.
“This has been an amazing weekend, we have had over 30,000 people come through the gates for the air show and an overwhelming response to our Women in Aviation stall.”
The airshow ran over three days with Friday being a trade day for exhibitors. Aviatex organisers of the trade show, were very happy with the amount of people who attended the very first trade day to be held at WOI. Our chapter would like to thank Aviatex for their generosity and support of our stall. Saturday and Sunday were extremely busy days with the public attendance and the weather was perfect for any airshow, not too hot, not too windy and not too cold!
Lea intends to attend as many events as possible to showcase our Australian chapter to the public and to help spread the word about our chapter initiatives and programs.
We would like to thank the following members for their generosity and support of the weekend; Lea, Mark, Margaret, Christine, Yvonne, & Tammy and look forward to attending next years event!
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‘Gender diversity is not about companies meeting their quota numbers on a spreadsheet, it is about inclusion, acceptance & equal opportunities.’
WAI Australian National President Tammy Augostin.
The WAI Australian Chapter hosted a wonderful event on the Friday evening during the spectacular Avalon Airshow 2017 highlighting gender diversity within the aviation fields.
With over 100 guests and VIP’s in attendance from all spectrums of the aviation sectors and fields, the evening went off without a hitch, so much that many guests found it difficult to leave. Guests were treated to delicious canapés and refreshments throughout the night, with many taking the opportunity to network with many guests.
Guest speakers from various aviation based fields, engaged the audience with their thoughts on gender diversity within the industry and what actions were helping to facilitate the shift in perceptions and initiate change within the industry.
The evening ended with guests moving outside to enjoy the spectacular Avalon night air show.
The committee would like to thank and recognise the following sponsors of the evening for their support of the event;
Traditionally, women have been under-represented in engineering. However, more and more companies and universities are recognising the importance of a balanced approach to challenges and the value of diversity. UNSW Engineering has above-average female enrolments at 22% (the national average is closer to 17%), and are actively recruiting women and have set a goal of boosting female enrolments to 30% by 2020.
On Thursday 23rd March 2017 we will recognise the achievements of Australia’s first female pilot Millicent Bryant.
Millicent was born in Wellington, New South Wales and she was one of ten children to her parents Edmund George Harvey and Georgiana Sarah Bartlett Harvey.
She was married on the 9th May 1900, to Edward James Bryant. They had three sons (born 1901, 1903, and 1908). She was sadly widowed in 1926.
At the age of 49 years old, and only 9 months after the death of her husband Edward, Millicent passed her private pilot’s license test at the Australian Aero Club of New South Wales on the 23rd March, 1927 flying a De Havilland DH60 Moth aircraft, the licence was formally issued on the 28th March 1927.
Sadly Millicent’s flying was short lived and ten months later she was tragically killed in a ferry accident on Sydney Harbour. The Tahiti-Greycliffe Ferry disaster was one of the most deadliest incidents in the harbour’s history.
Five planes flew over her funeral and dropped a flower wreath in tribute. Her leather flying helmet was held in the National Library of Australia for many years; however in 2005 it was moved to the PowerHouse Museum in Sydney.
WAI Australian chapter will be in attendance at the Avalon Airshow event from the 29-5th March 2017. Avalon 2017 Airshow
Come along and enjoy this spectacular air show event and say hello to our wonderful WAI volunteers, AND if you are going to be at the Airshow on Friday why not join us at our Cocktail event in the afternoon? ITS FREE 🙂
When you can Fly a Plane SOLO but mum still has to come pick you up from the airport!
What a wonderful achievement for this amazing young Victorian in achieving her first solo flight on her 15th birthday on the 15th January 2017.
We had a chat to Jess to get her thoughts on her first solo experience and what inspired her to take up flying lessons.
“Hi my name is Jessica Phillips, I have just turned 15 years old and have completed my first solo flight in a Victa Airtourer.
My interest in flying started at the age of two years old when my parents took me to the EAA airshow in Oshkosh Wisconsin. I loved it, especially the aerobatic demonstrations.
At the age of ten I decided I wanted to fly FA-18 Hornets, I admired the speed and maneuverability of these amazing jets. Later I learned that the RAAF training plane was the CT-4 so when my father said Lilydale has a Victa Airtourer with a 160hp engine that is like the CT-4 I jumped at the opportunity to start flying in the Victa called ECI.
Compared to the Piper warrior with its docile and forgiving handling the Victa Airtourer is fast, has a CSU prop and is very maneuverable. The controls are twitchy and very responsive, this means I have more to learn and think quicker and fly more accurately.
My instructor is Murray Gerraty, Murray is a fantastic instructor with plenty of experience he can also teach aerobatics and formation flying. Murray knows what I want to achieve and is dedicated to ensure I learn the skills required to achieve these goals. Thanks Murray!
My first solo was on my 15th birthday and I had no idea that I was going to go solo apparently my parents did though so they where taking pictures flat out. I did one full circuit and then on the downwind leg of my second circuit Murray told me that he was going to get out on that landing and then I would do a circuit by my self then land and pick him up at the end of the runway for him to taxi back. When Murray got out of the plane the adrenaline kicked in and it was an amazing experience being up there with just you in control knowing that you are flying all by yourself and that you are capable of doing it. Going solo makes flying just that little bit more addictive that you just want to keep on flying over and over again.”
During the week of March 6-12, women and girls of all ages will be given the opportunity to experience various fields of aviation in an effort to advance gender balance in the industry. The global aviation awareness week for girls of any age was founded in 2009 and continues to grow each year in participation and support within the industry.
WIA Chapters and members across the globe support this week long event with many participating since its inception. This offers WAI chapters opportunities to share with participating individuals the many benefits of membership to the organisation and the amazing opportunities that are available to our members.
We offer the opportunity for financial support through our scholarship programs and the wonderful networking opportunities that arise from attending WAI events and celebrations. During September we also host our global Girls in Aviation Day – another opportunity to attend and learn about aviation.
So if you are participating in iWOAW for the first time, why not consider a membership to our WAI Australian chapter, we will support you through your aviation journey.
There will be various celebrations held during the month of March which will celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (IWD) throughout the world. This years theme for the celebration is #BeBoldForChange a call out to all the world to help forge a better working world – and a more gender inclusive world.
Every person – can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.
The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. So around the world, International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity for ground breaking action that will truly drive greater change for women.
You can get involved and support International Women’s Day through various activities being organised through the IWD web site. Check out the resources here : IWD Resources
Use International Women’s Day on March 8 as an important opportunity to:
celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women
declare bold actions you’ll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world
And remember, that you CAN make a difference to gender diversity!