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AA PODCAST: Father’s Day Series EP 2 – Steve & Bernadette Wallace

written by Anna Grbas | August 27, 2019

We’re introducing the inaugural WOFA Podcast to bring you unique insights from around the world. What’s WOFA? The World of Aviation!

For those in Australia, Father’s Day is quickly approaching and to celebrate, we’re rolling out a series of podcasts to hear how some very special dads have influenced their sons and daughters in the aviation world.

In this podcast, we’re chatting to Steve Wallace and his daughter Bernadette.

The phrase “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” couldn’t be truer for this duo, with Steve nurturing his daughter’s love for aviation from a very young age.

Steve and his daughter Bernadette. Source: Bernadette Wallace

Dinner time was never dull in the Wallace household. With Steve lining up cutlery to create runways and using salt and pepper shakers as aircraft, you can imagine his storytelling was quite a hit with the kids.

Bernadette’s earliest memory of aviation stems from her experience in the co-pilot seat, while her father worked alongside Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) servicing Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land.

From bringing passengers in for appointments to shopping trips, every day was different for Bernadette and her father.

Now a senior base pilot at the Royal Flying Doctor Service‘s Brisbane Base, Steve’s daily schedule still remains a surprise each day he clocks into work.

Steve’s chariot awaits him. Flying a Beechcraft B300C King Air 350C. Source: Bernadette Wallace
How Steve Wallace starts each working day. Source: Bernadette Wallace

With Bernadette’s grandfather also having a background in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and an uncle who owned his own aircraft, naturally, Bernadette has been drawn to aviation.

After completing her Bachelor of Aviation in February, Bernadette is looking to fly high with her upcoming career working at a local flight school.

In her element! Bernadette in the hold of a Pacific Air Express B737F. Source: Bernadette Wallace

Take a listen to find out more about how Bernadette finds her wings and how Steve found his!

We hope you enjoy the first of many WOFA Podcasts and stay tuned to more from the Father’s Day series over the coming weeks!

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