About Rosie

Rosie started flying light aircraft in an era when women always carried handbags and flying instructors warned that handbags had been known to turn off fuel taps at vital moments!

Her first flight was on the ‘easy to land’ Cessna 150 based at Lympne Airport but after eight hours  she changed to cheaper rates at Rochester, not realising that taildragger Condors were a different proposition entirely and so not cheaper!   To obtain her licence she worked all week, lived at home and spent any money on flying lessons.   Rosie eventually soloed just before being posted to Nigeria for VSO.  Rosie’ first Private Pilots Licence was a Nigerian one.   She travelled with friends to Lagos by motorbike and while the friends went onwards to Ghana, Rosie completed her licence.   The trip back to Yola on her own is another story!

Coming back to the UK Rosie researched the idea of becoming a commercial pilot. She wrote to BOAC to enquire about scholarships but received this reply,” We have no facilities for women and we suggest you take up something less taxing.” Those were the days!! The self improvement route was then investigated. Rosie was accepted for immigration to Australia and found a proposed flying job herding cattle in the Simpson Desert but then married a Simpson instead.

Years later, a charity parachute jump brought her back to flying light aircraft.

Rosie’s first flight in a microlight was organised by the BWPA – a wonderfully inspirational organisation for women pilots. Not only did Eve Jackson and Gertie, (Eve’s Shadow microlight) take Rosie flying  (this was just before their record breaking flight to Australia) but Rosie enjoyed a weightshift microlight flight, nearly getting hypothermia because she had stayed up too long!

In her turn Rosie, with the help of the the Kent microlight club, KMAC,  were able to introduce other BWPA members to microlighting in 2006.

Rosie is a long term member of KMAC.  Her first meeting was at a pub near Canterbury railway station with Ted Battersea the QFI. She recommends the club to anyone microlighting in kent because the membership has so much flying knowledge and camaraderie.

First microlight owned:- A Demon Skytrike

Why instruct?: “Instructing is a great reason to fly. I enjoy seeing others realise how enjoyable flying is. I enjoy being the means for others to develop their skills.  I must also be a control freak as I like saying….I have control!” Rosie

And here’s Rosie.

But can I get out?

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