Australian IWOAW Committee’s President, Tammy Augostin, has been hard at work over the last 8 months, not only does she work as a commercial pilot and volunteers on the Australian IWOAW committee, but in her ‘spare time’ she has been writing a booklet to assist females with locating information on aviation careers and hobbies.
“It all started with an idea to produce a similar information booklet that was written a few years ago by a very good friend of mine, Australia’s first female commercial helicopter pilot, Mrs Rosemary Arnold’, says Tammy. The booklet is a guide for anyone wishing to locate information on aviation career paths or hobbies within Australia. All of the information has been gathered from various resources far and wide and collated into one booklet for easy access and reference.
“When I first took on the task of Women Of Aviation Week in Australia earlier this year, I headed out to our local schools and colleges to share the vision of the WOAW initiative to as many young women as possible. I was shocked to find out that many of them had never been offered information on aviation as a career or even considered the options to take it up as a hobby.
The feedback from these young women was that there was no information easily available to them and that it was difficult to navigate and find correct information from numerous websites. So I set about changing that and putting everything into one place” says Augostin.
With the help of many volunteer proofreaders, contributions of accurate information from defence and civil aviation operators and the typesetting skills of Mrs Rosemary Arnold, the booklet has finally come together and is available for free download in PDF format for anyone wishing to use the information from the Women Of Aviation Week web site
“I am hoping that plenty of schools and other aviation-based organisations will take advantage of this ‘Free tool’ to use to encourage women to consider aviation.” says Augostin.