Georgia Rundle started flying lessons when she was fourteen years old – now, the Launceston-born future pilot is in Melbourne completing her studies on a scholarship from Airservices Australia.
Her pilot cadetship sees her working with Sharp Airlines, working with Moorabbin Flying Services in Melbourne.
Ms Rundle moved to Melbourne last year to pursue her dream.
“I absolutely love the feeling when you’re taking off and the wheels just lift off the ground,” she said.
“It’s kind of hard to explain without actually doing it, a similar feeling to being on a rollercoaster I suppose.
“In terms of my career, [I love] being able to constantly meet new people and travel to new places whether domestic or international.”
Ms Rundle is the only woman taking part in the course, which will see her start working with Sharp Airlines before she tries out the next step – whether it’s working for an international airline or joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
“I’m in a course of 10 guys and being the only girl is not uncommon,” she said.
“This is one of the reasons I decided to become a member of the Australian Women’s Pilot’s Association so I could mix with other likeminded girls/women who also shared a love for aviation.
Her love of flying was sparked from joining her father, a former Royal Australian Air Force officer, in his two-seater aeroplane on flights around northern Tasmania.
And her favourite flight?
“Going to see the snow up at cradle mountain from above.”