At the February meeting of Cowra CWA Evening Branch Lyn Gray from Fly Oz, based at Cowra Airport, was welcomed as the guest speaker.
Lyn spoke about her work as Head of Operations and Chief Flying Instructor at Fly Oz.
Lyn was a primary school teacher before realising that her true vocation was to fly aeroplanes and work as an aviation trainer. She became a full-time instructor at Bankstown Airport in 2000.
Fortunately for Cowra, Lyn and her husband relocated to Cowra from Sydney and have since established a modern flight training facility instructing in all aeroplane and flight sequences as well as flight simulation tuition.
Lyn has many years flying experience which includes delivering small 4-seater, 2-engine planes to buyers in many parts of Australia and elsewhere in the world.
Lyn told the hair-raising experience of one such flight when one engine failed and the plane lost fuel so she had to call upon the U.S Coastguard for help.
She had to ditch her plane in the ocean and was rescued by a Maltese bulk carrier under a Greek flag carrying a Cuban crew which then diverted to Honolulu to drop Lyn off.
Lyn is assisted by business partner, Mark Dixon and her team of eight instructors and one office worker.
Fly Oz offers full training for student pilots, flight instructors and commercial pilots.
Lyn generously donated a Fly Oz Gift Voucher for a 30 minute flight for up to 3 people, which the Branch intends to raffle, a fantastic prize to win indeed.
Joy Bonnor finished by expressing the branch's appreciation and presented Lyn with a floral gift.
Cowra Evening Branch will be hosting a screening of 'Ride like A Girl', the inspirational true story of Michelle Payne, who was the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
It will screen on Sunday, 8 March at 2pm in Cowra's Premiere Cinema.
Tickets will be $15 and available at the door, with afternoon tea included.