A320 first officer.
I had my first taste of flying in a topdressing plane when I was 7yrs old off a grass strip down on our farm, from that day on I knew I wanted to be a pilot. After finishing college I headed to flying school in the Bay of Plenty, there I complete my private and commercial licences, as well as becoming a flight instructor and instrument pilot. At the end on 2007 an opportunity to work in Vanuatu came up and I snatched it with both hands! Island flying was an unforgettable experience! Looking to keep my career moving forward I moved out to central Queensland, Australia, working for a small charter company flying Piper Cheiftains. While there I completed my Air Transport pilot licence, and went on the hunt for an airline job. After 5yrs with Jetstar, I am now working for Air New Zeaand on the Airbus A320. Aviation is a challenging, yet very rewarding industry. The types of flying are endless and the adventures breath-taking. Through my membership with the NZAWA I have been able to meet a huge group of extremely inspiring women, and now it is a honour to help inspire future women pilots. Look forward to meeting you!
Trainer for Wanaka Flight Training
Sue Telford started her flying career in 1984, training at Paraparaumu Flight Training.
She progressed to her CPL and C.Cat flying from Wanaka Airport with Aspiring Air operating flights to Milford Sound and scenic flights to Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring. Aircraft types flown were Britten Norman Islanders, C207, C206 and C177. Her general aviation opportunities expanded to Queenstown with Queenstown Flight Seeing (now Real Journeys) flying Twin Otters and Nomads to Milford Sound and charters to Manapouri, Franz Josef, Christchurch and Mount Cook airports.
Family commitments and the sale of the turbine aircraft changed Sue’s flying direction toward aircraft ownership and part time instructing and safety pilot tours.
Today Sue fly’s for Flyinn Tours, Wanaka Flight Training and Southern Alps Air. She calls it “collecting uniforms” and endeavours to complete her helicopter CPL to remain flying in her mountainous back yard.
Air New Zealand Second Officer, Boeing 777
I started flying after my OE in 2002 at North Shore Aeroclub and joined Bayflight as a full time aviation student in 2004. At the end of 2005 the opportunity to fly float planes out of Rotorua presented itself and I grabbed it with both hands, mostly scenic tourist flights around lakes, float plane flying was both challenging and very rewarding. After 3 years flying floats I applied to Qantaslink in Australia, and was given a first officer position on a Bombardier Q400. Keen to get back to NZ I then took a first officer position with Jetconnect on the Boeing 737. Now on the Boeing 777 for Air New Zealand my work days see me having dinner in New Zealand and breakfast in LA, Vancouver, Hong Kong or Shanghai!
Air New Zealand Captain, Beech 1900.
I started flying in 1999 in sunny Mt Maunganui. Combining working and flying I progressed through my CPL, and then gained my instructors rating in 2004. I was luckily enough to be employed as an instructor at the school I had learnt at and began the life of a broke flight instructor. I became a B category instructor in 2006 and then completed my multi engine instructor rating, as well as taking on an operations manager’s position within the flight school. I started work at Air New Zealand Link in 2007 and have climbed through the ranks to become a Captain, and took over the Base Managers role in 2012. As well as working full time, I have somehow found the time to have two beautiful children, who keep me on my toes. Finding a flying life and a family life balance can seem often daunting but I'm lucky to have a great support network, and am proof it can work!
Air Traffic Controller, Tauranga tower.
Air traffic controllers have the fun job of telling pilots what to do in the sky, having been a pilot I have a very clear understanding of exactly what is going on in cockpits when I am issuing instructions. I gained my Commercial pilot licence in 2003, and carried on to complete my instructors rating in both single and multi-engine aeroplanes. Seeking a new challenge I accepted a job in Vanuatu, 'island hopping' in an Islander (10seater twin engine aeroplane). Though I enjoyed flying commercially, I didn't see a future for me in the airlines and investigated air traffic controlling. The selection process is designed to test you, as once trained you are required to give direction to multiple planes both horizontally and vertically all over the sky, and as a tower controller this is mostly done visually. Air traffic controlling is not often thought of when thinking of careers in aviation but not once have I regretted hanging up my headset and taking up my handset!
Coming from a flying family I loved to see my parents take to the skies and would always hear them talk about flying. This sparked a huge interest for me and I jumped at the chance to learn at the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School. During this camp I went solo on 17th January 2011! Before I started flying I had spent many years sailing on the International stage representing New Zealand with great success in a number of different classes. I had a great passion for sailing and very quickly this developed to include flying!
My passion for flying led me to gain my PPL in early 2012 and continue flying throughout my time at the University of Auckland. As an Aeronautical Engineering Intern I had the opportunity to work with Air New Zealand in Technical Operations and Flight Operations. As of early 2015 I have graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons).
Now I’ve turned my focus toward a career in aviation, one day I would love to combine both Engineering and Flying, as a Technical Pilot. At the moment I am flying with Southern Wings (Ardmore Base) and working my way up to the CPL, MEIR and more!
NZAWA provides such an incredible opportunity to learn from and meet other like-minded women in aviation. My mum, Ann Barbarich, a pilot with Air New Zealand was an amazing role model and loved coming to the NZAWA Rally’s and was always so eager to help and encourage other women on their path to a career in aviation. I hope to follow in her footsteps and as an executive committee member I enjoy the opportunity to encourage other girls starting out and introduce them to this network and the support available through NZAWA.