Supporting aspiring female pilots reach for the sky

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

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1 June 2020

Funding to the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA), Chief of Air Force’s Flying Scholarships, has been approved for another four years to support aspiring female pilots.

Each year, two scholarships are awarded to females aged 16 to 24, who are already undertaking training for a pilot’s license. 

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the scholarships helped young women pursue an exciting and challenging career in aviation.

“Pursuing a career as a pilot can be incredibly expensive and challenging,” Minister Reynolds said.

“These scholarships, valued at $14,350, are designed to help young women make their flying dreams a reality, while also supporting Defence’s objective to increase female participation within the aviation sector. 

“Since the scholarships started in 2011, winners have gone on to accept flying positions in the aviation industry, including two recipients who have since become pilots in the Air Force.”

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