LESS than a year after first climbing into a cockpit, All Saints College student Harriet Holbrook has won the Australian Women Pilot’s Association WA Branch aviation award.
The award helps female student pilots cover the costs of their training and includes a $2000 scholarship.
Harriet is close to completing her Recreational Pilot Licence and is currently undertaking final training and exams with the Royal Aero Club of WA at Jandakot Airport.
In January, with only 40 hours accompanied and four hours of solo flying under her belt, Harriet took off from one of the shortest and most dangerous runways in the world, Courchevel in the French Alps, with an instructor.
“At first, looking down the runway was daunting but once in the air, it was really beautiful and peaceful,” she said.
“Coming in to land was again scary due to the very short length, but it was quite an experience.”
Harriet said she enjoyed the challenge of flying and was surprised and grateful to find out that she had won the aviation award.
“I also really love the peacefulness when flying solo, especially when I fly down to Mandurah,” she said,
The Leeming resident was first inspired to study aviation after she signed up for the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Young Eagles Program, which introduces students aged between eight and 17 to flying.