Flying scholarships help women get their wings

7 Apr 2016

Four women passionate about pursuing a career in aviation are closer to that dream through financial support from Airservices Australia.

The four women pilots have won Airservices-sponsored Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) flight training scholarships valued at $8000.The winners were announced at the AWPA National Conference Presentation Dinner in Victor Harbor, South Australia on 2 April.

The scholarships offer flight training opportunities by assisting the women with the costs of gaining proficiency at any level of flying, from the early stages of training through to a Commercial Pilots License.

Airservices Executive General Manager, Air Traffic Control, Greg Hood presented the scholarships, congratulating the winners and encouraging them to continue to pursue a future career in aviation.

“Previous winners of these scholarships have gone on to accept flying positions in the industry after successfully achieving a commercial pilot license and one winner is now an air traffic control trainee at our Learning Academy,” Mr Hood said.

“We’re proud to support the work of the AWPA as they help women learn to fly and we look forward to watching these women make their flying dreams a reality. Promoting opportunities for women in aviation is just one way in which we are committed to supporting diversity within the industry.”

Recipients of the 2016 AWPA and Airservices Flight Training Scholarships are:

  • Alexandra Shaw, Bunbury WA.Flight training at Bunbury Aero Club, Bunbury.
  • Shivangi Sharma, Cannington WA. Flight training at Royal Aero Club of WA, Jandakot.
  • Melanie Cummins, Lock SA. Flight training at Aerostar Aviation, Parafield.
  • Hunter McLeod, Rippleside VIC. Flight training at TVSA, Bacchus Marsh.

The scholarship recipients were chosen from a field of applicants who had demonstrated an aptitude for flying, were a member of AWPA and were at least 15 years of age.

Airservices also reconfirmed its commitment to the AWPA scholarships for a further two years earlier this year.