Free flights for women

Diana Jemson is looking forward to helping females achieve their dream of taking to the skies with free flights for the Fly-It-Forward Challenge.
Diana Jemson is looking forward to helping females achieve their dream of taking to the skies with free flights for the Fly-It-Forward Challenge.

WOMEN and girls in the Murraylands who have never experienced a light aircraft flight can go sky high as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

On March 9, any female with a budding interest in aviation, or who simply wants the experience, can embark on a free 20-minute discovery flight in a bid to encourage women to take up aeronautical vocations.

This is the first time Australia has participated in the international event and Strathalbyn Airfield chief flying instructor Diana Jemson wanted to ensure South Australia was represented in a milestone event for females and Australian aviation.

“If you never thought you could fly, but always wanted to give it a go, then now is the time to experience flight in a small aircraft - no matter how old or young you are,” she said.

“It all starts with a dream and a belief in yourself.”

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, also the anniversary of the first female pilot license issued in 1910, the Fly-It-Forward challenge is a chance to salute women, past and present, who have enjoyed and influenced the air and space industry.

Ground crew, local pilots and local businesses will work together on this event and will be available on the day to chat about a career in aviation.

- Details: Bookings can be made through the Women of Aviation Week website or at Flying Online with registrations closing February 16.