Airservices supports female aviators through sponsorship deal

26 Nov 2012

Airservices has renewed a three-year sponsorship $100,000 agreement with the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) as part of its commitment to developing and fostering the Australian aviation industry.

The sponsorship agreement will see Airservices fund four scholarships per year to assist young female aviators with the cost of obtaining a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence.

Airservices Executive General Manager Government and Industry Affairs, Unni Menon, said the agreement recognised the essential role played by AWPA as part of a growing Australian aviation industry.

“These scholarships offer a terrific opportunity to showcase the industry and support the sustainability of the general aviation community,” Mr Menon said.

“We are very pleased to support the AWPA and its goals for women pilots in the future of Australian aviation. It’s important we continue to promote entry paths and encourage more women into the industry.

“This agreement is one of 12 key corporate sponsorship activities worth more than $350,000 annually. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the AWPA over the coming years.”

The Airservices sponsorship will allow AWPA to provide each successful applicant with up to $8,000 to assist with the cost of flight training associated with initiating and pursuing a flying career.

Some of the successful applicants have since taken up roles as commercial pilots.

The scholarships are available to financial members of the AWPA aged 16 years or over.

More information on the scholarships is available at