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Women in Aviation Evening

  • Southern Skies Aviation Grenier Drive Archerfield, QLD, 4108 Australia (map)

The Sky is NOT the Limit for Young Aviatrixes

Do you know a girl or young woman who dreams of flying UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), managing the logistics of an airport, being a pilot, designing a new type of aircraft or working on a satellite?


Aviation is traditionally an industry that has been dominated by men, and often leaves young women and girls with an interest in aviation unsure of the options available to them to pursue their passion. 

Universities such as QUT and UQ offer degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and there are flying schools for pilots, but the question then remains how can a girl or young woman become part of the aviation industry.

To celebrate“International Women’s Day” and to help girls and young women reach beyond the sky, the Forest Lake Squadron of the Australian Air League is proud to host a special “Women of Aviation” evening on Wednesday 8th March from 6.45pm to 8.00pm in the hangar at Southern Skies Aviation, Grenier Drive and Hudson Place, Archerfield Airport.

Speakers for the evening are:

Ms. Heather MattesGeneral Manager -  Archerfield Airport
As the first woman to be appointed as the General Manager of Brisbane’s general aviation airport she has extensive experience in general aviation, property, construction, asset management and operations.  While Ms. Mattes was with Qantas she was involved in managing, developing and leasing a nationwide portfolio of terminals, hangars, retail spaces and call centres.  She brings with her an insight into the corporate side of aviation.
Ms.  Angie SchuckSystems Engineer – Boeing Defence Australia.
Ms. Schuck has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) at RMIT and has worked as a science communicator at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. Currently her work is centred around the F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler sustainment program.  She is ideally suited to talk with young women about how engineering and aviation come together. 
CAPT Amy PowerARH Design Engineer - Helicopter Systems Division - ADF
Amy is an aeronautical engineer in the Army who works with Tiger helicopters. She got a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy and conducted her Army training at the Royal Military College Duntroon. She has been posted the Rotary Wing Aircraft Maintenance School in Oakey, 1 Aviation Regiment in Darwin and is currently posted to the Taipan and Tiger Management Unit working with Airbus Group Australia to ensure the continued service of the Tiger.
Professor Paul Bates PhD - Head, Aviation & Logistics - USQProfessor Paul Bates PhD - Head, Aviation & Logistics - USQ
Professor Bates has collaborated with the RAAF as part of the research into female participation that led to the Female Graduate Pilot Scheme.

These presenters are leaders in their fields and this is a wonderful opportunity for girls and young women to learn how they too can become involved in aviation.  They will have the opportunity to speak directly with the presenters and ask questions to help them pursue their passion.

The Australian Air League, a not-for-profit uniformed organisation has been encouraging girls and boys from 8 – 18 years to participate in aviation as a career or hobby. 

Girls that are involved with the Australian Air League have the opportunity to undertake a Diploma of Aviation, which will provide them with the foundation to commence further training as a private pilot.  Not only do the subjects studied provide Cadets with the theory they need for flying training, but they also provide an introduction to other aviation related careers such as Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance, Meteorology, Flight Attendant or Flying Training.

The evening will conclude with a Pink Paper Plane Competition for all aspiring Aviatrixes!

For further information contact:

Olga Hansen
Branch President
Forest Lake Squadron
Australian Air League      mob: 0423 147 636

Earlier Event: March 1
Parade Night
Later Event: March 15
Parade Night