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September 30, 2016 Conferences No Comments Email Email

If you’re an aspiring or successful aerospace engineer, pilot, airline executive or working at an airport, air traffic control or in any area of aviation, don’t miss the inaugural Women in Aviation Australian conference in Brisbane on October 28-30 2016.  Delegates not only get to hear from leaders in the industry, they also get an exclusive look behind the scenes, visiting Brisbane Air Traffic Control, RAAF Amberley and Boeing Flight Services.

This two day event is packed with interesting speakers from a diverse range of areas within the aviation industry including RAAF squadron leader Samantha Freebairn who flies C-17s for a living; Marilyn Andre who heads Boeing Flight Services in Brisbane; legendary acrobatics pilot Paul Bennet and geophysicist Dr Zara Dennis, from FlySCI, a Monash University program that aims to take STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to rural and remote communities around Australia.

The Women in Aviation Australian conference starts on Friday 28 October with welcome drinks, followed by two action-filled days at Brisbane Air Traffic Centre at Brisbane Airport.

“This is not your standard conference where delegates spend two days in a meeting room,” says organiser Natalie Burrows.  “We have deliberately made it as exciting as possible.  It is not every day you get to see what goes on at air traffic control or see flight simulators at work.

“And, of course, men are very welcome at the conference,” she stresses.  “Women in Aviation is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests, and men play a big part in this.”

In the United States, its membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and in Australia, the newly formed organisation is keen to attract a similarly diverse group of members.

Registration for the conference is $250 for members, $300 for non-members and includes welcome drinks, conference, lunches, a dinner cruise and transport for the tours.  There is also a student special of $99 which includes all elements except the welcome drinks and Saturday evening dinner cruise.

Women in Aviation International began in 1990 in Arizona and the Australian chapter was established in 2015.  Like its US counterpart, the Australian organisation aims to also promote the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. This includes historic notables such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Eileen Collins, Jean Batten and Nancy Bird Walton.

It is sponsored by AirServices, Panair, The Boeing Company and the Royal Australian Air Force.

For more information about the organisation, the conference and membership please visit

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