Cap­tain Louise Pole

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What’s your favourite aerial view?

I reg­u­larly fly to Hamil­ton Is­land in Queens­land and there’s noth­ing bet­ter than look­ing down and seeing the beau­ti­ful blues and greens of the Great Bar­rier Reef. I’m very for­tu­nate to have such a great out­look from my “of­fice”.

Re­gional des­ti­na­tion?

Lon­greach, also in Queens­land. The peo­ple are so friendly. It takes nearly two hours from Bris­bane and we fly over desert and vast ex­panses. This flight serves as a con­stant re­minder of how big Aus­tralia is.

What mo­ti­vated you to be­come a pi­lot?

When I was young, I loved ev­ery­thing about planes and wanted to be a flight at­ten­dant. I didn’t even con­sider be­ing a pi­lot, as there were no fe­male role mod­els. But in my early teens, Dad sug­gested I give it a go. The first fe­male air­line pi­lots had just been em­ployed in Aus­tralia so I started to re­alise that it might be pos­si­ble. Along the way, peo­ple doubted I could make it, say­ing it wasn’t a job for women. But I proved them wrong!

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