Thanks to Heidi Stoeppler for sending in some great summer flying shots and a description of the fun she’s having in her Taylorcraft. Keep it up Heidi, you’re an inspiration!

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Heidi Stoeppler

I flew out to Hot Springs, SD from Fort Benton, MT to start my shift loading SEATs for the summer. That was an adventure in itself. It got too hot so I stopped in Colstrip, MT for the night. Met some good people and got to check out the area.
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It’s pretty interesting with the coal mine right there and there was also a wildfire about 9 miles South of the airport so I got to visit with the helitack crew and watch the helicopters operate.
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Since I arrived in Hot Springs, I’ve gotten to fly by Mt Rushmore and  the Badlands. I discovered an old ammo storage place from WW2 which was miles of abandoned bunkers half buried.
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I flew out to Madison, SD to check out the flight school I’m planning on getting my instrument and commercial ratings at this winter. The people there are really nice and Madison is a great little town.
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It was also nice flying from one end of the state to the other on just 18 gallons of gas! I’ve visited Wall, SD a couple times. It’s a great little touristy town on the edge of the Badlands.
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I’ve also ventured into Nebraska a bit. They’ve got some really nice grass strips out here. I’ve gotten to take a couple people for rides so far. One is Bailey, a SEAT manager trainee who works with us. It was her second time in an airplane ever and she was super excited. She’s planning to get her pilots license some day. And she’s going flying again with me next week. We’re planning to go to the Devils Tower.
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