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She Flys

Women often make better pilots, so why are only 5% of pilots female, and 1.42% of all captains are female?


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  • DIRECTOR Stephen Limkin

  • PRODUCER Bridget May



She Flys is a series that gives women an opportunity to be free from everything that can weigh them down, it lifts them high above issues they may be facing and shows women that they can do anything.

With only 5% of pilots in the world being women, we aim to show that anyone can do it and that no matter how successful a woman is in life, there are always new heights to reach as they work through the issues on the way to their goals like online bullying, workplace harassment, guilt, and fear.

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2.30% funded
  • $100,000.00

  • $2,300.00

  • October 2022

  • 12

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CareerForce Australia $150.00
Maree Franettovich $150.00
Anonymous $50.00
Michael Briggs $50.00
Bevan Anderson $1,000.00
steve o'mahony $100.00
Damien Storeywood $300.00
Tom Kovacs $50.00
Anonymous $100.00
Lynne Walker $100.00
Joanne Azzopardi $50.00
nancy caple $200.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

In 2022 a mere 5% of pilots are women, and a tiny 1.42% of all captains are female. SHE FLYS is a series that gives women an opportunity to fly… and to soar.

The eight-part series, She Flys, follow women from different backgrounds across Australia. Mothers, daughters, influencers, and refugees share what it takes to overcome internal expectations and external pressures to take to the skies. Some are just beginning, others are further along, but all want to encourage more female participation in an industry they have come to love.

Discussions with many instructors across the aviation sector indicate that women often make better pilots than their male counterparts. So, the question begs to be asked “Why are only five per cent of pilots and engineers female?”


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The production supports women to build self-esteem and move beyond situations that prevent them from taking the next step, from experiencing social equity, wellness and freedom from bullying, harassment, and circumstances.
We have strong partnerships in place for social impact, including partnerships with:, Recreational Aviation Australia, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, QBE Insurance, OzRunways, Dynon Avionics, Velaero, Bose Aviation, Advanced Aviation Training, Matt Hall Racing.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

• Knowledge of how to get into the aviation industry and what it entails
• Discussion about gender inequality today
• Information on overcoming issues such as online bullying, workplace harassment, guilt, and fear.
• Key Partners awareness
• Awareness of teaching resources

• She Flys teaching resources implemented in Australian classrooms.
• Schools adopting, She Flys to engage younger women to want to learn engineering and help create a path to becoming a pilot.
• Audience continues to contribute to key partner campaigns.
• More aviation schools supporting women to become pilots
• More partnerships between Aviation schools and the wider workforce to look at transferable skills and upskilling.

• More women becoming pilots
• Better resources to help manage issues such as online bullying, workplace harassment, guilt, and fear.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

She Flys will partner with organisations to advance our progress in achieving more women taking to the skies. The series and accompanying educational materials will be offered to students as an enrichment tool, a lesson for Australia’s younger generation of all genders, in understanding the role they have, and the way in which individuals who have a vision, must be supported to succeed.

We will partner with influential people and maintain our focus on supporting the young women of Australia:

• Engagement online, through social media and watching the series.
• Through engagement with Key Partners and a wide range of Aviation associations.
• Through the development of engaging and targeted classroom materials for students of any gender.
• Through engagement with teachers, students and schools.
• Adoption of the film and supporting materials within school curricula.
• Referring audience from the series to websites and information on relevant resources.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have engaged with a large number of Organisations in the research and fundraising for this series, and we will continue to approach more national organisations to establish formal partnerships around the release of the series. We will use the partnerships that we have to pursue a large social media campaign around the release of the eight part series.

We are creating a strong a community of people who support the social impact and the real-world support for more women to be able to get into aviation. With the support from our partners, we can plan and drive a change a campaign to raise awareness what is possible, and how to start that journey, no matter what age you are.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

• Show support for more women in aviation
• Promote the series via social media.
• Commit to hosting a screening of the series in their community
• Download the She Flys teaching resources and use them in school classrooms.
• Research and read more about Australian women in aviation
• Research issues such as online bullying, workplace harassment, guilt, and fear.
• Support people when they see that people need it, no matter how small or large that support might be

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

• Track referrals to Partner Campaigns from She Flys website
• Partners track activity of people referred via She Flys website/screenings.
• Track publicity for the series (articles, debates, interviews).
• Track size of social media audience for the series.
• Track number of views online
• Track downloads of the She Flys classroom resources
• Track sales of the series to educational market
• Track sales of the series to general market
• Collect narrative responses to the series via website and social media