Wellington Celebrates WOAW 2016
Wellington members of the NZ Association of Women in Aviation worked with Wellington Aero Club to promote WOAW 2016. This was a first for Wellington, and as far as I know, a first for New Zealand. We decided to encourage all aero club members (we don’t have a lot of female members) to come along for the day and participate in a navigation challenge, which we called the Cyndi Lauper Challenge (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun). The idea being that male aero club members would bring their wives and daughters along. Three aircraft participated – Sandy Crampton (NZAWA member), Peter Galuszka (student pilot) flew with myself and kindly took a female student along for the trip, and Tony Lloyd and his wife Trish and daughter Olivia. The Lloyd family won the challenge, with Peter Galuszka picking up a prize for most accurate ETA estimate.
Wellington Aero Club offered a special deal on trial flights for women, with six women and girls taking up this offer. Although this number is a little disappointing, marketing resources were extremely limited and we mostly relied on word of mouth.
Weather conditions were perfect on the day, which was lucky as we didn’t really have a bad weather plan. The LifeFlight Trust (air ambulance) positioned their helicopter and Jetstream aircraft at the aeroclub for the day, and we also had two visits from an airport fire truck. The kids particularly enjoyed this. A bbq lunch, as well as a few beers and a bbq at the end of the day topped things off nicely.
Thanks to Wellington Aero Club, especially Chief Flying Instructor Andrew Sims, Bronwyn Scott and Amy Dreverman, also everyone who helped out on the day.
Everyone who participated in the day enjoyed themselves and I think we have something to build on for next year.