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On Sunday 9th March, 2014 we participated in the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week for 2014.

This was the first time Australia was represented and had participated in this event thanks to Tammy Augostin (Bathurst, NSW) who put up her hand to be our Australian Team Leader. Australia successfully hosted 9 officially registered events across 5 states. Our event in Strathalbyn was the only one registered to represent South Australia.

In the Fly It Forward 2014 challenge, 26,000+ attended and 5,703 took flight for the first time, worldwide. In Australia this equated to 427 women and girls of all ages, who took to the sky’s flying in a small aircraft during the initiative and throughout the international week long celebrations. Australia is now ranked 2nd in the world as the most female friendly country! 
This amazing national success was topped with a very deserving International WOAW Trophy Award going to our very own Diana Jemson, who received 1st Runner up for the ‘Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide’ (just behind USA and in front of Canada) for her efforts throughout the WOAW Strathalbyn South Australian event. Congratulations also to John Modistach (pilot) and Tony Richardson (ground crew) who won random prize draws for their participation in our WoAW event.

Check it out Read what participants said about the day  

Marcella said, "Loved it, will do it again."
Marcella was first to fly on the day

Marcella said, "Loved it, will do it again."
Ella was one of our younger participants

Ella said, "Awesome and very bumpy - loved it!"
Ella said, "Awesome and very bumpy - loved it!"
Melody spent the day with us, representing the RAAF. She spoke with many interested ladies about a career path in the RAAF and made some good flying contacts.
Melody was one of the last to fly

Melody spent the day with us, representing the RAAF and assisting the ground crew where she could. She spoke with many interested ladies and others about a career path in the RAAF.

Thank you to our 6 pilots who willingly volunteered their time, aircraft and fuel to be a part of this wonderful event.

Diana Jemson - Tecnam P96 Golf
Neil Wickens - Jabiru J230 (Marcus thank you)
Allan Ayles - Skyfox
John Modistach - Foxbat
Steve Johnson - Tigermoth
Steve Nelson - RV7

 Thank you to our 6 pilots who willingly volunteered their time, aircraft and fuel to be a part of the event.
Ground Crew

Thank you to our 21 ground crew without whom this day would not have run so smoothly, who looked after everyone on the ground and in the air, including pilots, passengers and visitors.

Susan Golden - Ground Crew Coordinator
Lisa Cummings - Registrar Assistant
Lynne Richardson - Registrant Photographer
Gwenda Newton - Roving Event photographer
Mary Trowbridge - Passenger/Pilot Liaison Officer - Skyfox
Michael van der Heiden - Passenger/Pilot Liaison Officer - Tecnam
James Murray - Passenger/Pilot Liaison Officer - Foxbat
Jeff Hicks - Passenger/Pilot Liaison Officer - Tigermoth
Tony Richardson - Passenger/Pilot Liaison Officer - RV7
Dennis Newton - Passenger/Pilot Liaison Officer - Jabiru
Russell Burzacott - Videographer and Tigermoth starter
Murray Nitschke - Static Display Coordinator
Marcella van der Heiden - First Aid Coordinator
Nick Gabrielli - BBQ Chef
Karin Gabrielli - BBQ Assistant
Andrew Murray - Signage and Bunting / Crowd Control
David Newton - Radio ground controller
Deidre Hicks - Raffles Coordinator
Sharon Newcombe - Raffle Assistant
Jo Crofton - Raffle Assistant
Debbie Huddleson - General support

  Our wonderful ground crew     More of our wonderful ground crew

Our ground crew enjoyed themselves so much, once the event was over and post-briefing complete, they kept asking, "so are we doing it all again next year?"  They were excited that so many ladies had taken advantage of and enjoyed the opportunity to 'get high in the sky'.


And.... a very BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors for their support and contributions for the day.


Major Sponsor:

 Country Mobile Mechanics, Mt Compass  

Owner: Michael van der Heiden - Cash donation

Maidment's Meat Service, Strathalbyn

Owner: Craig Maidment - Sausages for the BBQ

Bremerton Wines, Langhorne Creek

Thanks to Eva, Cellar Door Manager
 - Wine for the pilots


Thanks to Mal Wardrop, Aviation Safety Adviser - Central Region - Goodie bags for 10 lucky ladies

BrandAir Microlights

Thanks to Peter Brand, BrandAir Microlights -
20 minute Trike TIF Voucher

Adelaide AirSports

Thanks to Larry Jones, Adelaide AirSports Microlight Specialists - 20 minute Trike TIF Voucher

Thanks to flyingonline.biz - 45 min TIF Voucher

Thanks to Marcella van der Heiden
- Molley Dooker wine for the ground crew
- Velvet Glove wine

Thanks to Nick & Karin Gabrielli - water, sauce for BBQ

Thanks to Deidre and Diana for raffle contributions

Thanks to Norm Marston - Strathalbyn Airfield
- waiving landing fees for the day

Media coverage and articles about the event

Tuesday 4th Feb, article in the Murray Valley Standard Newspaper by Claire Campbellabout our event on 9th March.

Wednesday 12th Feb, article in the Mt Barker Courier by Natalie Koufos about our event on 9th March.

Wednesday 12th Feb, article in the Victor Harbor Times about our event on 9th March.

Friday 21st Feb, radio interview with Chris Lewis at 10:30 am on 5MU AM1125 about our event on 9th March.

Wednesday 12th Mar, follow up article in the Mt Barker Courier by Natalie Koufos who came out to see us and take photos and do interviews on the day.

Thursday 13th Mar, radio interview on Alex FM 96.3 Goolwa with Bron Nielsen who participated on the day and was so excited wanted to talk about it on air!

Monday 17th Mar, follow up radio interview with Chris Lewis at 10:30 am on 5MU AM1125.

Wednesday 19th Mar, pictures in the social pages of the Mt Barker Courier.

Monday 24th Mar, follow up article in the Murray Valley Standard - I was interview by Dani Brown on 17/3 who was unable to make it out for our event, but who was very keen to hear how it all went.

Comments from our participants

The following are comments from our participants on the day.
Great! A bit scary when the engine slows for landing. Really close to nature - Lee Paltridge

Awesome. Didn't realise how many vineyards are here. Not scary at all. Beautiful weather and scenery. Friendly pilot and crew - Jo-Anne Paynter

Fantastic Buzz! Makes me want to do this for longer stints! Thank You! - Paula Williams

What an incredible experience. Felt so comfortable with Neil. He explains everything so thoroughly. I now know why they love being up here - Linda Thompson

I love the earphones and I wasn't scared at all - Emma Thompson

Loved it. Smooth ride, clear view, banking was fun! A little bump made me jump!! - Jo Muir

Wonderful. What a privilege to have this opportunity. Thank you! - Jeanette Burgess

Thank you very much, had lots of fun, flew over my house! - Chantelle Freschi

Fantastic!! Loved it - Linda Pike

Fantastic, thanks so much - Bernadette Reading

Thank you everyone for organising this and giving up your time. I thoroughly enjoyed it - Kathy Dennis

Amazing experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Diana and Neil - Claire Tomkins

Absolutely amazing and Diana is fantastic. Definitely coming back - Lesley Murray

Fantastic! So much fun and a very enjoyable, memorable experience :-) Alicia Oxlade

A very different and awesome flight. The Tigermoth was an unexpected bonus - not expected at age 67! Thank you for making this interesting experience possible - Margaret Zwar

Exhilarating. Thanks for an awesome, unforgettable experience - Suzanne Arbon

Experience of my life - wonderful - thank you so much - Bev Murray

Great ride but a bit bumpy, but glad I did it - Marg Mead
Fantastic, a great experience :-)  Shirley Pfeiffer

The BEST - THANK YOU - Vicki Crosby

Thanks for such a great experience! FUN - Claire Mowling

Very good, thank you :-)  Lori Melville

What a great experience, fantastic - Michelle Griffith

Absolutely amazing. So real was the experience. So professionally run. Thank you - Di McMahon

It was cool thank you :-) Jaz

Brilliant, makes me want to learn - Julie Bruce

My pilot Diana was an amazing inspiration - Angela Rowland

Awesome, thanks to John and all the crew - Bronwyn Nielsen

Sorry the grand children are too young to join in the fun with me - Heather Spratt

Thank you so much for a fantastic flight Allan. Seriously thinking about learning to fly now - Erina Boyce

Amazing ride in the tiger moth. Thank you Steve Johnson - Jacqui Dunn

It was awesome - Gretel Lees (9)

It was so much fun - Estelle Lees (7)

Thank you for providing this experience. It was a great ride, even with the odd bump Steve Nelson - Tamra Lees

Awesome. Stoked. Ta - Geneva

Fantastic! Couldn't be better - Lesley Ewing

Awesome and very bumpy - loved it! Ella Wilson

Wonderful experience! So want to fly now! Jacqui Wilson

Thank you so much for the amazing experience, loved every minute of the flight - Sheree Richardson

It was great fun, thanks to everyone for making this work - Morgan Endenburg  

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WoAW in 2015

The 5th annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week takes place, worldwide, March 2-8, 2015. Will you join us? 
Strathalbyn Airfield (YSYN)
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