Royal New Zealand AF organizes School to Skies Program to recruit women

Royal New Zealand School Skies
Royal New Zealand AF organizes the School to Skies Program to recruit women.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has organized the third edition of "School to skies" which is an initiative that allows 40 female students to spend a week at Woodbourne air base to learn more about military aviation.

The number of female officers in service with the RNZAF is very low and this is the reason why the armed force organizes "School to skies". The program has the main purpose of getting girls into aviation. It is aimed at female students who are passionate about math and science as the RNZAF is not only looking for pilots, but also engineers, technicians and ground staff.

"New Zealand needs more women in the aviation industry as Engineers, Technicians, Pilots and more! We are giving 40 students from around NZ a chance to spend 7 days with us to find out.
Aviation offers something for everyone, whether you want to spend your days in the skies or keep your feet firmly planted on the ground! Our “School to Skies” Programme is a Tech and Aviation Camp that will give you the chance to try before you buy," RNZAF says.

From 12 to 18 April 2019, 40 students spent whole days inside the air base and had the opportunity to fly on a C-130 Hercules, repair aircraft parts, learn to fly with the flight simulator, plan a real mission and participate in theoretical lessons to acquire basic notions of engineering.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image credits: Getty Images

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