St Mary's student sets sights on becoming a RAAF pilot
IPSWICH teenager Dana Evans is flying to new heights and has set her sights on becoming a pilot following a trip where she visited the RAAF Base Pearce in Perth.
The Year 11 student from St Mary's College was one of five applicants who was successful in attending an Air Force Flight Camp from September 26-29.
The Flight Camp is an initiative to increase capability through diversity and female recruitment and provides the girls an opportunity to experience aviation roles (particularly pilot) within the Australian Air Force.
Dana said she found the camp a very rewarding experience, and has helped her realise that she would like to become a pilot when she graduates.
"Flight Camp was a great experience. Everyone we met was welcoming and eager to answer any and all of our questions," she said.
"The camp consisted of 14 young girls from all over Australia and three officers including a pilot who showed us around, giving us an insight into military life.
"Before this camp I was fairly set on becoming an engineer however the positive influence the women in charge of our team had has drastically changed my mind and I am now keen to join the Australian Air Force as a pilot."
The Ipswich teenager said her favourite part of the trip was when she was got to fly in the air where she experienced aerobatics and was given the chance to take control of the aircraft.
She also enjoyed meeting helicopter pilots, air traffic control personnel and the commanding officer.