Pauline Vahey becomes first Goodwood Aero Club ambassador
Pauline Vahey has been appointed as ambassador of the Goodwood Aero Club (GAC). A director of Aviatrice Ltd, Board Director of AOPA, former Chairman of the British Women Pilots’ Association, and Chairman of the General Aviation Infrastructure Network (GAIN), Pauline has a passion for aviation and a desire to encourage more people – particularly women and young people – into the industry. Her love of flying was born out of admiration for her late Father, who flew Wellington bombers during WWII. After many years flying gliders she gained a PPL, and used skills gained in the software industry and sales consultancy to help clients in general aviation.
As a former Chairman of the BWPA her objective was – and remains – to encourage women into aviation, either as a career or for recreation. “Women have broken into all sorts of professions,” she says, “but aviation still seems to be a bastion of male dominance. I often go into schools and other places where there are young women and speak to them about the opportunities that are out there to become pilots.”
Of her appointment as Goodwood’s ambassador she says: “I used to be a GAC member and what I like most about Goodwood is the people, they really do want to help, they’re not just trained to do so. I am greatly looking forward to helping Goodwood with its vision of nurturing a vibrant and enthusiastic Club, where new and existing aviators are actively welcomed and encouraged.”
Her role will include being a judge at the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September, being a guest speaker at club events and social occasions and helping to guide and improve it for members.
New GAC ambassador Pauline Vahey