In search of a new career path, Liss booked a trial flight at Heliwest at the end of January 2015. It only took half an hour in the air to convince her to leave the office desk for a pilot’s seat and she embarked on her training at the start of February 2015. Initially working full time as an structural engineer, Liss flew at the weekends and studied during the evenings. However, it didn’t take long for her to commit fully to becoming a pilot and quit her day job, allowing her to complete her CPL in four months
. Liss was lucky enough to find work shortly after passing her flight test and gained experience ferrying R22’s across the Pilbarra and flying geologists and botanists around in a R44. A memorable adventure early in her career was arriving into Jandakot after flying across the Nullarbor in a Robinson R22 from Tyabb, just outside Melbourne. Having always wanted to live and work in New Zealand, Liss undertook the additional mountain flying and sling training to convert her Australian CPL and finally scored a dream job on the South Island, swapping one west coast for another. After becoming endorsed in the MD500E, Liss now conducts scenic flights around the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and continues to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Southern Alps and West Coast rainforest.