Yeah, I wrote a poem about planes and flying 'em.
Facing a firestorm season said to be one of the worst in decades, with scientists forecasting temps to soar above those recorded, ever, Amy Miller set about fulfilling her self-made destiny - pilot, firefighter, and rescuer. She’s one of Australia’s secret weapons, and the best part is, she’s doing exactly what inspired her to fly helicopters from the very beginning.
My job is unique, but not in a sense that it is unusual for small-town, regional Australia. This morning, though, as I drive through the gates, half held closed with a traffic cone to indicate limited operations, down the long, gravel driveway to the office building set by the familiar grass runways, my proverbial second home feels more like a portal to another world than ever.
Scarlett Saunders, 19, has grown up with hot air balloons. During winter 2019 she smashed the Womens' Altitude record in Australia, taking her glorified picnic basket to flight levels ordinarily shared by airliners.
I interview my stunner friend and commercial heli pilot, Erin Martin, for 'A Greater View'. This was my very first commercial writing job - a bi-monthly column for HeliOps Magazine profiling women in the helicopter industry, all over the world. Erin made it easy.
As a writer, one element I endeavour to capture above all others is an unshakable sense of place; it's why I introduced the 'Destination' column as a new regular to Airnews Magazine. This was wonderful practice: a piece on shandies, shanties and, of course, women pilots.
A tale of Competition, Girl Pilots and Hot Air. You read that right - Hot Air Balloon Championships, right here, in Australia. Get in, we're going!
The first of a new, regular 'Destination' feature I introduced to Airnews Magazine in my early days as editor. I wanted to tell stories that made people feel as welcome and comfortable flying in to a new destination in Australia as I do, every time I sink into an Aussie aero club lounge. Welcome to Shepparton, Victoria.
The epic tale of Mia Fraser's first foray into competition hot air ballooning, pivoting from flying balloons in Victoria's Yarra Valley to competing in the Women's World Championships, in Poland, of all places. Showcasing stunning photography by Ain Raadik, this was one of my very first pieces for public distribution, and it featured in my very first issue of Airnews Magazine as editor. Phew! I say, "If you don't want to pitch, publish yourself..." hahaha
Japan... blew my mind. We'd talked about it before. Oh you know, it'd be cool to head for the pow, but I'm never too serious about booking my travel. I'm that girl who's all like... goddamn I don't got the caaaash... You know that girl - yeah well that's me. I'm that shit one. Til [...]