Why I became a pilot...
Last day - we packed, we waited for the shuttle, we read, we wrote and we counted our insect bites.
Now if you are wondering about the title of this episode Why I became a pilot here's the story:
When I first visited the Northern Territory in 1989 I was 24, single and working as a travel agent in Sydney. I had spent the previous 5 years living and traveling around Europe but when I saw the stunning beauty of the Outback, I couldn't believe that it had been in my own backyard the whole time. I was so impressed with the spectacular scenery, atmosphere and environment that I wanted to come back and live for a while to really get the feel for the place. I did not want to return and work as a travel agent, just to be stuck behind another desk. As I was sitting in Todd Park, Alice Springs contemplating what to do, a helicopter flew overhead. I decided then and there that that was what I wanted to do - become a pilot.
I returned to Sydney and immediately started my flying training. However, I got sidetracked into the adrenalin rush of aerobatics and never completed my training - then about 8 months later, fell pregnant to my flying instructor.
Thus began the BEST journey of my life - motherhood!