The Fearless Flyers Inc of today, which runs multiple courses throughout the year in major capital cities, grew from the vision of a group of pioneering women pilots in the late 1970s.

Pioneering Australian aviator Nancy-Bird Walton (1915-2009) and fellow inspirational women aviators Aminta Hennessy, Nancy Wells, Glenda Philpott OAM (1936-2016) and Jean McPhee were the initial group to get the courses going in Australia.

One of our founders and patrons, the late Nancy-Bird Walton. Photo from State Library of New South Wales – Flickr: Nancy Bird in Gipsy Moth at Kingsford Smith Flying School, 1933 / photographer unknown
One of our founders, the late Glenda Philpott OAM. We will be forever grateful for her enormous contribution over many years

Our organsation commenced in Australia in August 1978, then known as ‘The Fear of Flying Clinic.’

The first course was run the following year in association with Qantas Airways Ltd and the agency responsible for air traffic control in Australia, Airservices Australia.

Our first course was offered in October 1979 at the Qantas Jet Base in Sydney.

We now conduct courses in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney throughout each year.

Our organisation is now run by expert volunteers from across the aviation sector including pilots, flight attendants, ground crew, air traffic control and engineers.

We remain a non-profit organisation that exists purely to help people overcome their fear of flying.

 

Happy anniversary to us! Celebrating our 150th course in 2016

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