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Airservices highlights women in aviation

7 Mar 2014

Airservices is urging women around the country to consider a career in aviation as part of international, week-long activities celebrating and highlighting the achievements of women.

Airservices has partnered with the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide as part of the 4th annual Women of Aviation week. The week long celebrations include various events being held around Australia and the world and coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Airservices Acting Executive General Manager Corporate and Industry Affairs, Elissa Keenan says Airservices is committed to supporting diversity within the workplace and promoting opportunities for women in aviation.

“We are working hard to attract women to operational areas of the organisation such as air traffic control, projects and engineering and aviation rescue fire fighting.  We are also continuing to embrace women and foster development throughout the organisation through the promotion of initiatives including Women in Leadership forums”.

This year’s theme is ‘Pushing the limits: 100 years of female aerobatic pilots and 50 years of women flying solo around the world’. The awareness campaign focuses on the first female aerobatic pilot, Lidia Zvereva who became the first woman to execute a loop in 1914 and Geraldine Mock, the first woman to fly around the world solo in 1964.

Information sessions and free flights for women in light aircraft at airports all over the world will be offered all week to help raise awareness of potential careers for women in aviation.

Airservices has also been a long term supporter of the Australian Women’s Pilots Association (AWPA). This sees Airservices offer four $8,000 scholarships annually to help subsidise the continuous training of private or commercial pilots.

For more information about events taking place for Women of Aviation week please visit: www.womenofaviationweek.org