Dominique Estival – FLYING


Aside from Linguistics and Natural Language Processing, my other interest is aviation. I fly both gliders and power aircraft. While I only fly gliders for fun, I am a flight instructor for power aircraft in General Aviation and Recreational Aviation.


Latest news

I’m taking part in the Outback Air Race 2022 to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Please donate here. All funds raised will go to the RFDS.



Flying gliders is a lot of fun and has been my main hobby for a number of years.




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.


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.



Some flying pictures

DG1000 taking off at Camden (Southern Cross Gliding Club).



Citabria mid-loop over Camden (Curtis Aviation).



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




In November 2003, I went to Burketown in a motorglider to fly the Morning Glory.


Towing gliders in the Australian Alps (Easter 1996).


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