Brenda LaMott (Idaho)

Brenda LaMott is based at KBOI, Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

I learned to fly in dad’s 1952 C170B in Eastern Oregon’s back country. Soloed on 16th birthday. Check-ride when I was 17. Then life happened. Life and career happened and I stopped flying for 12 years. Got back in the air on my birthday of 2017 and making plans to adopt [read “kid-steal”] Dad’s bird. My local Class Charlie sure ain’t the space I grew up in. Right now I’m finding the joy I once knew off this busy, noisy, hurried, bossy, demanding airspace.

Ratings: 1990 ASEL in a Cessna 170B

Aircraft flown:
1952 Cessna 170B
C150 (2 hours of ‘oh’.)
C172 (1 hour)

Favorite Taildragger: The 170B but more to be experienced.

Thoughts on Taildragging: Rudder pedals are all I’ve known from the start. I can drive a car. I don’t want to drive an airplane. I love doing stuff lots of dudes won’t, can’t, or are afraid to try. And Dad’s C170 – THAT 170 – she’s home and Christmas and family and joy and independence and freedom and confidence and empowerment. It grew me up with my chin up. That 170 taught me that I’m never truly in control but can predict and handle pretty much any dangerous situation. And that some dangerous things are really, really, fun if done correctly. I would not be the woman I am if Dad cared more about his wingtips than his daughters. (And she’s never been groundlooped by a girl  .)

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