Women Can Fly (at Seven Miles a Minute)

Sally Dearman-Cummings


Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: £180 negotiable for local, small or charitable groups
Category:
Entertainment
Updated:
20th July 2020
Tagged:
Adventure | Humour And Interest | Inspiration | After Dinner Entertainment

In short: One woman's journey from jumping from the landing window, to jumping out of aeroplanes, to becoming a civil pilot, to being the first woman through the fast jet flying training system of the modern Royal Air Force.

Longer: Following in her brother's footsteps, jumping from the landing window, off the garden fence, and out of perfectly serviceable aeroplanes, Sally saw the light and became a pilot, first civil and later military. In this talk she shares what led her to becoming the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system, some animal facts relating to military flying, and how to attract or repel noisy jets depending on your proclivity.

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About Sally Dearman-Cummings

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:

Sally jumped out of her first aeroplane at 16 and gained her private pilots' licence at 20. She became the first woman to go through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system, flying small pointy jets and then helicopters. After swapping the military for civilian life and motherhood, with a stint at the Met Office as a weather forecaster and presenter for the BBC, she developed her present roles as stress counsellor, relationship and self-development coach and public speaker.

BIO ALTERNATIVE 1:

As a private pilot, Sally flew herself into Royal Air Force Cranwell for her Initial Officer Training. After six years as a fighter controller she re-roled to the pilot branch and became the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system. Following her military service and the birth of her first two children Sally joined the Met. Office as a forecaster and weather presenter for the BBC. After the arrival of her third child Sally moved into her present roles as stress counsellor, relationship and self-development coach and public speaker.

BIO ALTERNATIVE 2:

In October 1984 Sally, an established parachutist and private pilot, flew herself into Royal Air Force Cranwell for her Initial Officer Training. After six years' service as a fighter controller she transferred to the pilot branch where she became the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system before re-training as a rotary pilot (Search and Rescue). She left the Royal Air Force in 1995. Subsequent to the birth of her second child in 1996 she joined the Met. Office, forecasting and presenting the weather for the BBC. Following the arrival of her third child in 2006 Sally moved into her present roles as stress counsellor, relationship and self-development coach and public speaker.

TALK TITLES:

Sally has developed three talks that require no electronic support:

'Women Can Fly (at Seven Miles a Minute)'

'From Fast-Jet to Wobbly-Head'

'The Householder Path to Enlightenment (or How To Go From Trained Killer To Nurturing Mother In 3 Easy Steps)'

Each talk is independent but they are best served in chronological order.

TALK 1: 'Women Can Fly (at Seven Miles a Minute)'

RESUME: Following in her brother's footsteps, jumping from the landing window, off the garden fence, and out of perfectly serviceable aeroplanes, Sally saw the light and became a pilot, first civil and later military. In this talk she shares what led her to becoming the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system, some animal facts relating to military flying, and how to attract or repel noisy jets depending on your proclivity.

SHORTER RESUME: One woman's journey from jumping from the landing window, to jumping out of aeroplanes, to becoming a civil pilot, to being the first woman through the fast jet flying training system of the modern Royal Air Force.

TALK 2: 'From Fast-Jet To 'Wobbly-Head'

RESUME: The first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training programme explains the pertinent differences between fixed-wing and rotary pilots and why, once a helicopter pilot, always a helicopter pilot.

TALK 3: 'The Householder Path to Enlightenment (or How To Go From Trained Killer To Nurturing Mother In 3 Easy Steps)'

RESUME: After 11 years in the military, first as a fighter controller and then as a pilot, Sally embarked upon motherhood and civilian life simultaneously. Remarkably, both she and her children survived. In this talk Sally shares some of her journey from trained killer to nurturing mother. 'It suddenly occurred to me that you can't cut off your children's limbs to get them to fit into a box. I had to find another way. The way was to throw away the box, but what then?'

ENDORSEMENTS - ONLINE TALKS:

17 June 2020:

We have spent a happy hour watching Sally’s talk.......we both really enjoyed it, we almost felt we were in the air with her sometimes! Excellent delivery, fascinating content which she explained clearly enough for us older ground folk! Thank you very much. Loud claps from us both. Sally and Peter

Another fantastic talk. I could listen to Sally all day. Please ask her back again. Johanna

WOW what a woman, A riveting talk and I loved the personal part at the end too. Will look forward to her next talk. Eunice

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Sally Dearman-Cummings' talk this morning. I missed her first talk and so many people had commented on how good she was. I enjoyed her sheer enthusiasm for her subject...I found her description of hovering a Chipmunk amazing, and have huge admiration for her motor coordination in her flying career. We also got a rare insight into the massive personal, physical and emotional stress that service personnel face. Sally is clearly an extremely capable lady, with an infectious, warm, chatty personality that is readily apparent even to her virtual audience. I will make a point of listening to, or hopefully attending her next talk. Mike

Marvellous talk – made us feel like we knew how to fly. Lacey

Thank you for today's talk, once again Sally Dearman-Cummings, amused and educated us. Enjoyed her talk very much. Linda

Just to say how much I enjoyed today's talk by Sally. I'd never heard a helicopter pilot speak before so although I knew the theory of their operation it was fascinating to hear the realities of the job! Here's to part 3. Pete

Extremely interesting talk from Sally this morning she is amazing! She is so inspirational I am voting for her as our next prime minister. She would soon have the country up and running. Lyn Extremely interesting talk from Sally this morning she is amazing! She is so inspirational I am voting for her as our next prime minister. She would soon have the country up and running. Lyn

ENDORSEMENTS - LIVE TALKS:

16 October 2019: 'Sally and her talk were very well received by our members, in fact to the point that I've never had so many requests to ask a guest speaker to return.' Martyn Steggalls, Events Organiser, LAA, Suffolk Coastal Strut

3 May 2019: 'Hi Sally, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for such an entertaining talk yesterday. Both highly amusing and informative, everyone was buzzing after you left, we all felt energized! Your reputation is going before you; now ______ have asked for your contact details which I have duly passed on.' Carole Sheridan, Wisbech Centre WI

18 April 2019: '...you were so brilliant when you spoke to the ladies of the Wimblington WI, I was mesmerised!' A member of Wimblington WI


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