Dominique Estival – FLYING


Aside from Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, my other interest is aviation. Flying gliders is a lot of fun and has been my main hobby for a number of years. I’m also a flight instructor for power aircraft in General Aviation and Recreational Aviation.




My Jantar 3 VH-HNB, at the Women in Gliding Week, Lake Keepit NSW (October 2019)



At the 2017 Women in Gliding week in Kingaroy QLD, I was awarded a trophy for the “Most meritorious flight” (only 169kms, but difficult conditions).



Lisa Trotter handing me the “Most meritorious flight” trophy created by Jo Wooler, at the WIG week in Kingaroy (October 2017).



Flying power aircraft has allowed me to make a number of trips around Australia (and in New Caledonia, see the picture on the main page). Flying in the Outback is both very beautiful and challenging. In 2003, Sandra Mitchell and I flew the first all-female crew to the Morning Glory in her motorglider.


After getting my Commercial Pilot Licence in 2006, I joined AusCAP, the Australian Civil Air Patrol.  AusCAP is a volunteer organisation whose members train for search and rescue missions and conduct regular Shark Patrols over the Sydney northern beaches (see the Channel 9 news).  From March 2010 to March 2011, I was the Sydney Squadron Leader.


In 2009, I gained my Flight Instructor Rating and have been a flight instructor at Gostner Aviation at Camden for both General Aviation (GA) and Recreational Aviation (RA); until recently at Whitworth Aviation and now at Pegasus at Bankstown.


I am a member of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA) and of the 99s.



More flying pictures



I enjoyed doing aerobatics in the Citabria – here a Citabria mid-loop over Camden (Curtis Aviation).


Refuelling in Birdsville when coming back from Alice Springs (April 2006).




Near Burketown QLD, on our way to fly the Morning Glory (November 2003)


Getting endorsed to tow gliders in the Australian Alps (Easter 1996).


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