When I started flying there would be the occasional voice of a female pilot on the airwaves and even more rarely, you might meet one.
Now it’s entirely different.
The pilots who made it possible to get this current series of images of Lake Eyre and the Coongie Lakes are two competent young ladies flying for Wright Air
The girls are based out of William Creek, a tiny township on the Oodnadatta Track to the west of Lake Eyre. (Google Maps – William Creek, South Australia does not exactly have a lot of detail out there)
Wright Air does most of the flights over both areas from William Creek, although they pick up at Olympic Dam, Maree and Coober Pedy as well. The fleet are all high-winged Cessna aircraft which give unrestricted views of the waters.
Wright Air have been operating over Lake Eyre for a lot of years and their people really know the area well.
Arkaroola is another operator with lots of experience in the area too.
The waters in both the Coongie Lakes and Lake Eyre will be there to see for quite a few months to come and the increasing areas of lush green vegetation promise a bumper wildflower season in late winter and spring.