Air Force launches female pilot program

Female aviation students Lucy Creamer and Alice McCabe at the RAAF Graduate Pilot Scheme launch
Aviation students Lucy Creamer and Alice McCabe

Griffith’s female aviation students will be the first in Australia to secure a graduate position with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Only 3% of Air Force Pilots are women, less than half the civilian aviation participation rate.

In an initiative to boost the female participation rate the RAAF Graduate Pilot Scheme in collaboration with Griffith University was launched earlier this week.

Head of Aviation, Dr Paul Bates, said the breakthrough program reflects Griffith’s commitment to women in aviation.

“We are honoured to partner with RAAF to support both innovation and encourage greater diversity of female participation into air force pilot training.”

“We are anticipating a strong response to this attractive new scheme which seeks to remove some of the traditional barriers to becoming an air force pilot,” he said.

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Fourth year Aviation student Alice McCabe said she was excited about the new scheme.

“This is an amazing opportunity for women who have already expressed interest in an aviation career. To have a job secured in the air force after your degree, university fees paid and return of service lowered is fantastic.”

The Graduate Pilot scheme will be offered to all Griffith female aviation students.

Joining the Air Force as a pilot under the Graduate Pilot Scheme can provide:

  • A salary while you complete your flying hours;
  • Your practical flying hours paid by Air Force;
  • Minimal Return of Service Obligation; and
  • Reimbursement of your university fee debt for your degree paid by Air Force.

The Air Force also unveiled its state of the art simulator experience with F/A-18 Super Hornet simulators in a multi-role air combat environment, including fighter controller stations.

For more information, contact Griffith Aviation