The Australian Women Pilots’ Association was formed by 35 women pilots of varying ages and experience at a meeting in September 1950 at Bankstown Airport in Sydney. Nancy Bird-Walton was the first President, and then Patron until her death in 2009. AWPA is an entirely voluntary organisation.



AWPA is organised on a statewide basis, with a national executive committee. State and regional groups organise meetings, fly-ins, seminars and social events. These give members a chance to meet others with similar interests, experience other forms of aviation, and receive support in their flying. Women in all areas of aviation are eligible for membership. We offer awards and scholarships and several are open to non-members, both men and women. These are presented at our four-day Conference and Annual General Meeting, hosted in turn by the states.



  • to encourage women to gain flying licences of all types, either as a hobby or profession
  • to maintain pilot networks in state and local areas where women in aviation can meet and exchange information
  • to promote training, employment and careers in aviation
  • to assist in the future of aviation through public interest, safety and education.


Please look at our website for further details if you are interested in our organisation:

or you can contact our current SA President on