Ashley Benton     (Oklahoma)

Ashley Benton (Oklahoma)

Ashley Benton is based at KPWA, Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Been flying for a few years now and on my way to the Airlines. I had so much fun in Alaska flying last summer getting my tailwheel endorsement. One day I would love to own a Carbon cub! Ratings: Commercial, Instrument single engine, High performance, Tailwheel Endorsement, Complex, Spin training Aircraft flown: C-172, C-1... Read More »

Marion Love     (New York)

Marion Love (New York)

Marion Love is based at NY94, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rhinebeck, NY. Growing up on the rocky runway of a true Flying Circus, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, shaped my belief in “what’s possible.” It took me awhile into adulthood to realize how many capabilities were formed at the airport: you can fix anything, you can harness the forces of nature, you can learn anything from scratch, y... Read More »

Dianna Leason    (California)

Dianna Leason (California)

Dianna Leason is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California. I’m a transgender woman. 65 years old. Flown my whole life. Built three EAB (experimental amateur built) airplanes. Worked for Burt Rutan for 12 years. Aero Engineer is my day job… I love aviation in all of its forms! RC Model builder/designer. Ratings: PPL, SEL, Glider Aircraft Flown: Ercoupe, VariEZe, Gemin... Read More »

Michelle Messersmith     (Pennsylvania)

Michelle Messersmith (Pennsylvania)

Michelle Messersmith is based at KBVI, Beaver County Airport, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. I own a 1955 Cessna 170B (N4491B) with my father. I come from a long line of female pilots, including my mother who has 100’s of hours in the Cessna 170, Cessna 195 and many other cool birds. I have attended EAA AirVenture every year since I was born and am also a member of Women in Aviation. Ratings: P... Read More »

Diane Kraudelt     (North Carolina)

Diane Kraudelt (North Carolina)

Diane Kraudelt is based at BQ1, Gilliam – Mc Connell Airfield, Carthage, North Carolina.  So you have had a successful career or two and you’re not too young nor ready for an affordable care center, now what? With an airport less than 2 miles away from work, how about an intro ride? At the airport, having never even seen a small GA aircraft, I was a bit, (ha! a lot) hesitant; they sure... Read More »

Bonnie Ritchey     (California)

Bonnie Ritchey (California)

Bonnie Ritchey is based at E45, Pine Mountain Lake Airport, Groveland, California.  I’ve been flying 10 years, starting in a Citabria 7ECA. Right after I got my PPL I bought a Pitts S2A and love every minute of flying that plane! I now live at E45, a beautiful airpark with an active aviation community near Yosemite National Park. Ratings: PPL, Instrument Rated Aircraft flown: 7ECA, 7KCAB, 7G... Read More »

Julia Clare Cornay     (Tennessee)

Julia Clare Cornay (Tennessee)

Julia Clare Cornay is based at KLUG, Ellington Airport, Lewisburg, Tennessee. I live in Franklin, TN and have a 1949 Aeronca Champ! I love hopping around Tennessee and flying cross-country. Last summer, my dad and I flew the champ from Columbia, CA all the way to Lafayette, LA and back to Franklin, TN in five days. Talk about spending a long time in a little plane!! I am currently working on my co... Read More »

Sara Schwerin     (Montana)

Sara Schwerin (Montana)

Sara Schwerin is based at KBZN, Bozeman Yellowstone Intl Airport, Bozeman, Montana. I got my private pilot’s license about 20 years ago but took a long break from flying to focus on my career in NYC, working in Mergers & Acquisitions. I stopped working in 2014, got my instrument rating, and the next year, I flew my Lancair Columbia 300 to Montana where I now live with my husband (als... Read More »

Allison Leeward    (Florida)

Allison Leeward (Florida)

Allison Leeward is based at KCRG, Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig,  Jacksonville, Florida. I own a little C120 that I love to pop around Florida! Can’t wait to see y’all at SNF! Ratings: Tailwheel and High Performance Aircraft flown: DHC2, Stearman, Piper Cub, Super Cub, Piper Pacer TW 22/20, Kodiak, C3, C120 C140 C150 C172 C185 C182 C170, Lockheed Electra Jr, P51, T6, T34, Baron, Citation... Read More »

Jess DeVan     (Oregon)

Jess DeVan (Oregon)

Jess DeVan is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, Bend, Oregon. Just recently got my tailwheel endorsement. I don’t have my own plane, and it’s difficult to find one for rent, but I’ve been lucky enough to find an instructor who doesn’t mind sharing his (and his knowledge). I’m a high school math teacher, but thinking about a possible career change to pilot. Rating... Read More »

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