Pauline Va­hey be­comes first Good­wood Aero Club am­bas­sador

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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

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