Young women set to soar

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Location(s): Brisbane

Topic(s): Recruitment, Helicopters, Squadrons, 808 Squadron, Events

Brisbane Airport played host to the inaugural Aviation Careers Day for Young Women showcasing an exciting array of career options and industry disciplines to 80 female high school students from over 20 schools in the greater Brisbane area.   (photo: Unknown)
Brisbane Airport played host to the inaugural Aviation Careers Day for Young Women showcasing an exciting array of career options and industry disciplines to 80 female high school students from over 20 schools in the greater Brisbane area.

Brisbane Airport played host to the inaugural Aviation Careers Day for Young Women, showcasing an exciting array of career options and industry disciplines to 80 female high school students from over 20 schools in the greater Brisbane area. 

In the midst of International Women in Aviation Week, these professional aviation industry women had the opportunity to 'give back' and show what an aviation career can look like.

Lieutenant Kate Munari, a pilot from Navy’s 808 Squadron, who fly the MRH-90 helicopter, said the opportunity to provide direct engagement for the students with women from different aviation backgrounds was valuable.

“Civilian and military flying, aircraft engineering, air traffic control, air safety investigation and aircraft manufacturing were all represented and the students can only benefit from the enthusiasm shown by the women who are actually out there working in aviation and following their passions,” she said.
“Some of the students had already decided on a career in aviation, others had no clear path in mind but I think everyone was a little amazed about the range of careers available to them.”

The morning session involved visits to three locations around Brisbane Airport, those being a cockpit and exterior aircraft tour of an Airbus A330, a Royal Flying Doctor Service aero-medical Beech King Air and a QantasLink de Havilland Dash-8.

The day continued at the Brisbane Domestic Terminal with an 'aviation speed dating' session allowing the students to ask burning questions of women who were obviously passionate about their aviation careers.

“After lunch, an entertaining question and answer panel segment provided a wealth of information,” Lieutenant Munari said.

“There was also some sage industry advice for the young women, and far too much laughter. 

"It was great to see so many young, enthusiastic girls passionate about a career in aviation.”

Fleet Air Arm Headquarters supported Lieutenant Munari’s participation in this event resulting in positive feedback from school teachers that were present, including one student's decision to join the Navy as a pilot.

“I really enjoyed being able to answer all the questions the girls had and to encourage them on their career path in aviation. 

"It was a privilege to represent the Royal Australian Navy to these young ladies and encourage them into a career that I have found very fulfilling over the years,” Lieutenant Munari said.

The Aviation Careers Day for Young Women was organised by the Qantas Pilot and Brisbane Base Initiative Group and was such a success that plans are afoot to hold it in every capital city in Australia during 2017.