Young woman’s aspirations to become a pilot, flying high after being granted Australian Women Pilots Association (AWPA) scholarship.

by | Nov 28, 2022 | News, Uncategorised

Hannah Potter, a 19-year-old from Essendon is on the right track to her dream career after being granted an Australian Women Pilots Association (AWPA) scholarship sponsored by Air Force.

Hannah Potter was one of 30 young women to be invited for a special tour to RAAF Base East Sale. Whilst visiting Ms Potter and 29 others got the privilege to meet female pilots from RAAF’s Air Academy and the opportunity to experience the Pilatus PC-21 simulator.

Ms Potter spoke to Flight Lieutenant Julia Ravell about her experience visiting the base. “The simulator flight was definitely the highlight of the tour for me but it was also great to meet Flight Lieutenants Aimee Heal (a Roulettes pilot) and Mel Picton and see what the base was like,”

“I’d never been to an air base before and it wasn’t what I expected.”

“I’d flown a Cessna 150 into West Sale the night before for the dinner and was curious about what the base would be like because I’ve wanted to join the Air Force ever since I started flying. It was so calm on the base. Everybody seemed to know what they were doing and where they should be.”

“The simulator was really awesome – and disorientating too – because it gave you a 360 view so you could look behind yourself and really feel how fast you were going.”

“I did a loop and a landing and it was so exciting to see a different side of aviation and the opportunities that are out there – and also quite a contrast from flying the Cessna.”