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Deborah Lawrie

In 1979 Deborah was the at the centre of the first contested equal opportunity anti-discrimination case in Australia. This was front page news in every newspaper for a year, and was a lightning rod for the women’s movement at the time. The case was fought for more than a year and after winning the battle against Sir Reginal Ansett in the High Court, she joined Ansett Airlines to become the first female airline pilot for a major airline in Australia.

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Deborah Lawrie's Biography

Deborah has been involved in aviation since 1969 and is a current airline pilot with 36 years experience. She graduated with a BSc from Melbourne University in 1974 and later completed a Bachelor of Education at Rusden State College and a Diploma of Transport and Distribution at RMIT. In 1998 Deborah completed the Cranfield University Aircraft Accident Investigation Course.

 

In 1979 Deborah was the at the centre of the first contested equal opportunity anti-discrimination case in Australia. This was front page news in every newspaper for a year, and was a lightning rod for the women’s movement at the time. The case was fought for more than a year and after winning the battle against Sir Reginal Ansett in the High Court, she joined Ansett Airlines to become the first female airline pilot for a major airline in Australia. Deborah’s autobiography was published in 1992.

 

After the 1989 pilot’s dispute Deborah joined KLM cityhopper in The Netherlands. She was a Training Captain on the Fokker 50 for four years and later she flew the Fokker 70 / 100 as a line Captain. Deborah wrote the business plan and later established the company’s Flight Safety Department. She held the position of Flight Safety Manager for 4 years and was the Chief Flight Safety Investigator for 8 years. Deborah was also chairman of the European Regions Airlines Association Air Safety Working Group from 1998-2004 and she was a member of the IATA Aircraft Accident Classification Working Group. In 2005 she transferred to KLM mainline where she flew as a Captain on the Airbus A330 internationally for more than 3 years.

 

In 2008 Deborah returned to Australia and joined Jetstar Airways as the Manager of Safety Investigations and then as an Airbus A320 Captain in New Zealand.  In July of 2012 Deborah joined Tigerair and is currently an A320 Training Captain based in Sydney. She continues to conduct human factors training and safety investigation training.