SKY HIGH: Emily Meyers, 13, with her grandmother Desley Meyers, 63, were among 100 women to take to the sky over Bathurst yesterday. They are pictured with chief flying instructor Chris Stott in a Cessna 172. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 030815cairprt3MOST grandmothers read books to their granddaughters, but this dynamic duo took to the skies yesterday to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Emily Meyers, 13, and her grandmother Desley Meyers, 63, were among 100 people to enjoy a free light aircraft flight over Bathurst as part of the fifth annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.
Women With Wings was hosted by Central West Flying and Bathurst Aero Club, with each participant receiving a 15-20 minute flight above Bathurst.
The day was open to females aged between 11 and 99 years of age, with the duo buzzing with excitement after they landed from a flight in a Cessna 172.
“It’s the first time I’ve flown in a small plane,” Emily said.
“They teach you about the controls and what to do and how to do it. The houses looked like boxes and you can see everything [from the sky].”
Just as excited after she came back down to earth was Emily’s grandmother who grinned with delight at her time in the sky.
“It was really fun, they let me take off and I flew it for a fair bit up there,” Mrs Meyers said.
“I saw the sign of Mount Panorama, about 10 years ago my son Benjamin [Meyers] painted it when he first became a painter.”
She might only be 13-years-old, but yesterday’s flying experience has already inspired Emily to pursue a career as a pilot.
This is exactly the type of reaction chief flying instructor Chris Stott was hoping for from the people involved in the event, which is now in its second year.
“The focus is to give girls the opportunity to experience a flight so they might take it up as a career or as a recreation,” he said.
“Generally speaking we find people in Bathurst are quite adventurous and outgoing and they’ll come and have a go.”
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