Pilots off to flying start
FEMALE pilots across Australia will use their passion for flying to support the Cancer Council.
The Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) began the Australia Relay of Flight for Women Pilots yesterday (Monday).
Around 60 female pilots, including several commercial pilots, will participate in the seven week event.
They aim to raise $10,000 for the Cancer Council and have already raised $7000.
Four Moorabbin pilots– Peta Denham-Harvey, Amy Crevola, Frankie Barbour and Kristen Lowe – kicked off the relay from Avalon Airport to the Leongatha Aerodrome yesterday.
“The flight was gorgeous and smooth,” Ms Denham-Harvey said.
“The conditions were perfect. It was just beautiful across the bays.”
Ms Denham- Harvey flew the first leg and passed the baton to Amy Crevola at Leongatha.
Ms Crevola flew from Leongatha to Bairnsdale, Ms Barbour took over from Bairnsdale to Orbost and Ms Lowe flew from Orbost to Mallacoota.
The baton is a mini didgeridoo to symbolise the Australian event. It was bought in Darwin where one of the pit stops will be.
At the end of the day, the baton was passed on to a group of pilots in New South Wales.
“The relay is a chance for women pilots to do something as a group, raise awareness for female aviation and do our part to support the Cancer Council,” Ms Denham- Harvey said.
The pilots hope the relay will become a nationally recognised event.
Overall, the relay will cover over 20,000km. The relay will finish in Launceston, Tasmania, to coincide with the AWPA National Conference.
‘It’s absolutely awesome to be part of this great opportunity,” Ms Denham-Harvey said.
“It has been so much fun.”
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