The government has extended funding to provide scholarships to wannabee female pilots for another four years.
Each year the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) awards two Chief of Air Force’s Flying Scholarships to applicants aged between 16 and 24.
The prize, which began in 2011, is open to those who are already undertaking training for a pilot’s licence.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said, “Pursuing a career as a pilot can be incredibly expensive and challenging.
“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.”
The AWPA was founded in 1950 by a group of 25 women after a meeting at Bankstown Airport in Sydney.