Flyabout tells the autobiographical story of Monika Petrillo's journey piloting a small single-engine airplane around the continent of Australia. Her father, a pilot with limited experience himself, is riding shotgun.
As the only women pilot in a group of eleven people, Monika sets out to experience the true freedom of flight above one of the most untouched places on earth. The idea of the Walkabout, a spiritual journey Aborigines have valued for thousands of years, further inspires her to seek an elusive spiritual experience herself. However, a tight schedule, mechanical failure, sudden loss of visibility and unpredictable crosswinds keep her both too busy and too uptight. But what impacts her most is the unexpected conflict that arises between her father and herself.
“A courageously honest self portrait. Cool Adventure. Awesome footage.” -- Robert Rodriguez, Director (“Spy Kids”, “Sin City”, “El Mariachi”)
“A masterpiece that rivals the best aviation movies. And aviation is richer for her accomplishment. One of the best things I saw at Air Venture this year!” -- Max Trescott, CFI of the Year 2008, Author, Aviation Blogger
“…FANTASTIC! I loved it…Many folks would profit from watching this film.” -- Rod Machado, Aviation instructor, speaker and writer
“Quite an inspirational video…” -- Martha and John King, King Schools
"..a little gem of a film" -- Amy Laboda, Aviation for Women Magazine
“…The flying scenes were great and made me feel as if I were there. Indeed they were so powerful that I wanted to take the stick and land it crosswind sometimes…” -- Rinker Buck, Author “Flight Of Passage”
"..awe-inspiringly beautiful.." -- Intl. Women's Air and Space Museum Newsletter
"Monika has successfully combined a story of family drama with an extraordinary air journey, told against the backdrop of an amazing Australian scenery." -- Ikuo Shimizu, Koku-Fan Japanese Aviation Magazine
"If you’re a pilot, this movie will revive some of the most positive feelings associated with flying. If you’re not a pilot, you certainly will want to become one and will better understand what flying is all about. Beyond words." -- Vincent Lambercy, Aviation Blogger (plasticpilot.com)
"If this film does not make you want to head out to the airport NOW and crank up the Skyhawk, you should consider turning in your pilot's license." -- Dan Pimentel, Aviation Blogger (AV8rdan's World of Flying)
"If you are an aviation enthusiast I am confident you will enjoy this film" -- Todd McClamroch, Aviation Blogger (Myflightblog.com)