Deb McFarland    (Georgia)

Deb McFarland (Georgia)

Deb McFarland flies a 1948 Luscombe 8E named “Lester” and is based at Pickens County Airport, JZP, in Jasper, Georgia. I started flying in 1997 as an empty nester because I was tired of being an airport widow. My husband, Henry, has been a pilot for 35 years and has owned his Luscombe 8A, Lucy, for nearly that long. I have about 1600 hours flight time now with most of them in Lester, my 1948 Luscombe 8E. We have a great airport gang (The Front Porch Gang) at our base airport, Pickens County Airport, JZP, in Jasper, Georgia. For years, Henry and I flew to fly-ins and events together, but that has changed somewhat since we inherited our niece, Keely. Flying is second nature to her since she has never known anything else, but we have to adjust our travels around school now. Henry is a P.E. with the USDA and will retire at the end of the year. He is also an A&P, IA. In one way it’s nice to have my own personal IA. On the other, he uses his position to get lots of home-cooked meals and foot rubs. I guess it’s a fair trade. I have been an aviation columnist since 1995, first for The Southern Aviator and now for the General Aviation News. That’s the McFarland clan in a nut shell! N45863 1946 Luscombe 8A, his N1347B 1948 Luscombe 8E, hers N71532 1946 Luscombe 8A, Keely’s N2137C 1954 Cessna 195B, Restoring...

Terri Hull     (Indiana)

Terri Hull (Indiana)

Terri Hull – 47.  Married to Bob since 1984, two daughters ages 20 and 15. Started flying in 1986, only because I didn’t have the finances and connections to start flying earlier.  I own N77161, a 1946 Cessna 140 based at PLD (Portland, IN).  I’ve owned 161 since November 1991 and enjoyed every minute since then. I became a CFI in 1990 and ran my own flight instruction business for almost 11 years then went to Mesaba Airlines (aka Northwest Airlink) in January, 2001.  Flew the Saab 340 turboprop for 5 1/2 years as First Officer and Captain then went to NetJets Aviation in August 2006 where I fly the Citation Excel and XLS.  Type rated in the SF340, Boeing 737 and CE560XL/XLS but really love taildraggers! I love to fly and have had the privilege of flying many types of airplanes over the years but my 140 gives me the most pleasure because it’s all mine!...

Jessica Beauvais     (New Hampshire)

Jessica Beauvais (New Hampshire)

Jessica Beauvais flies Champ N2505E based at Skyhaven (DAW) in Rochester, NH. I am the treasurer of a local aviation club, the Yankee Ultralight Flyers (don’t let the name fool you, we are associated with all kinds of aircraft. The name is just for nostalgia at this point).  I started flying at the age of 14, soloed at 15 and got my license at 17, just two years after my father got his license, both Sport Pilot licenses. When I became interested in aviation my dad sold his ultralight and bought the Champ with a fellow club member, the secretary of the club actually. The tail number is N2505E. We are based out of Skyhaven DAW in Rochester, NH. I love to take friends flying, in fact, that is almost the only flying I do. Either that or flying to local fly-ins with my father. Flying was something that set me apart all through high school, and now in college it’s given me a jump start. I just finished my first year at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH -close enough to home that I can visit since I lived on campus, but far enough away for me to get a taste of living away from home.  My intended major is Air Traffic Management, though many friends thought I’d be going for Flight Ops… my answer to that is simply “I fly for fun”. Here’s a picture of me (in my new leather jacket 🙂  with my father in front of our Champ on the day I got my license. Another is an airplane flying over the top of our fly-in looking down at the field. There’s one of my father and I flying on our way to another airport (just a nice picture of our Champ in flight).   Another of the Champ in flight side slipping into Sanderson’s Field (where our fly-in is located). The last is just looking down at the field from the top of the runway. You’ll notice best in this picture that the top of the runway is on a hill, which is the reason for the side-slip in the previous picture. It’s not easy landing there without the slip because of the hill, and then trees and power lines behind it. It is an intimidating runway, but fun as well. Beats out any roller coaster I’ve been on :). If you’re a lady taildragger in Jessica’s area she says she would love to hear from you!  email:

Terri Vrbancic (Ohio)

Terri owns & flies her 1946 Taylorcraft BC12D1 and is based in Ohio. “I fell in love with taildraggers after taking an intro course to aerobatics in a C150 Aerobat.  Since then I have flown in several aerobatic contests in borrowed airplanes such as a Pitts S2B, Christen Eagle and a Decathalon. ” “One of my favorites is a little homebuilt SE5 (French WWI) replica.  It only has one seat and when I was offered the chance to fly it, I was a relatively new tailwheel pilot.  I jumped at the chance without thinking about it.  As I taxied out to the grass strip one of the tires came off and I had to taxi back.  After that was taken care of I managed to get off the ground.  As soon as I was airborne, my first thought was “Oh crap, now I have to land” and I had an audience of about 10 older guys (including my tailwheel instructor who is in his 80s).  Fortunately, I landed just fine and gained several new friends from that audience.” Terri can be reached at

Karen Greenfield     (Maryland)

Karen Greenfield (Maryland)

Karen Greenfield flies a Pitts Special from Annapolis, Maryland. Portions of an article in the Baltimore Sun by reporter Jonathan Pitts June 14, 2009 “Sometimes, people would say things like, ‘Why are you here? Why aren’t you home with your family?’ ” she says, sounding less bitter than intrigued. “It did make you kind of angry for a while. But you learn to let it roll off you. The best thing is to show you know what you’re doing. Then it’s just not an issue. I suppose I did that.” She retired a year and a half ago after a 31-year career. One day in 1984, a workplace colleague told Greenfield he was a flight instructor. She’d always thought she might like flying, and when he told Greenfield he could take her up that afternoon, out of Dulles International Airport, she jumped at the chance. She loved the feeling of soaring, of controlling the small plane, of being able to see as far afield as Sugarloaf Mountain to the west, so much she went up twice more that week and did the same for the better part of a year. She got her license  in a mere four months. “That’s unusual,” says Finigan. “It shows a real passion for this.” As she developed her new interest, Greenfield says it never seemed to bother anybody that she was usually the only female at the airfield or at the four contests she usually enters each year. It certainly never bothered her. “She can be a woman on her own time,” says Finigan with a hearty laugh. “Around here, she’s just one of the guys.” Greenfield says she’d gladly take you up in her latest airplane – a $50,000, fire engine-red Pitts Special biplane with “Karen” on the side – but can’t, as it’s a mere one-seater. But as Pipers, Cessnas and Pitts Specials chug up and down a Lee Airport runway, taking off for flights across the Chesapeake Bay, she and fellow pilots Finigan and Wes Jones, 50, of Annapolis, offer a verbal tour of their avocation. Aerobatics “means we’re not going to fly a straight line,” Finegan jokes. More specifically, aerobatic pilots fly different maneuvers such as loops (circles created in vertical space), rolls (rotations of the plane on its axis) and “hammerheads” (flying straight up, turning sharply, and flying straight down again). At contests, pilots carry out an assigned sequence of such maneuvers, and judges on the ground, eyeballing the figures, assess points to each just as figure-skating judges do for lutzes or triple axels. Four or more times a year, the pilots fly their planes to contest sites where they must carry out their routines within a specified “box” that measures 3,300 feet by 3,300 feet. (They may fly no lower than 1,500 feet.) Judges award points, with 10 the highest score per figure. Last month, Greenfield placed second in the Carolina Boogie, percentage points behind Jones in the “sportsman” category. “It was a razor-thin margin,” says Jones, who flies a factory-built two-seat Pitts Special he says cost him about $230,000 – and which, unlike Greenfield’s, allows the pilot to rotate the propeller to alter the “bite” taken out of the air. Greenfield says it was the pure love of flying maneuvers that drew her from generic piloting to aerobatics in the mid-1990s. Working largely with Finigan, a retired Navy admiral, she commuted to Lee at least twice a week and, sitting in the forward cockpit of his two-seater, boned up on the basics. None strikes her as harder to execute than the others, though the violent, downward g-force of loops nauseated her at first. Today, she especially enjoys hammerheads. “There’s something fun about flying straight down,” Greenfield says....

Lorrie Penner     (Ohio)

Lorrie Penner (Ohio)

Lorrie Penner flies a 1974, 150 hp 8KCAB Decathalon out of Red Stewart Airfield in Waynesville, Ohio.  (Identifier 40I)  She’s a private pilot SEL and earned a Glider rating last year.  Lorrie is currently Secretary of IAC Chaper 34, former National IAC Secretary, and has been actively involved with her husband, Gorden Penner, in IAC Chapter 34 for many years.  She and Gordon write the Chapter 34 newsletter and maintain that much visited website. These shots were all taken June 7, 2009 at the kick off meeting for new IAC chapter based in Kokomo, Indiana. ————————————————– This is a photo of me with the kids and the Champ from 2003! I did all of my training in the Champ for my Recreational license. After I got the recreational license, then I worked on my Private license. The worst part was having to fly a Cessna 150 after having flown a Champ! What a let down… I was really irritated because it had no feeling to it and my feet felt dead – they were used to working much harder in the Champ. It thought the Cessna was punishment!   This photo is my windy day photo of when I got my recreational pilot’s license. The day I took my check ride, I almost cancelled.  It was quite cold in March that year and about a third of the way through the check ride we got some light snow.  We were close to the Clinton County airport at the time and I was just about to make a decision to land when we came out from under the little snow cloud.  The rest of the flight was uneventful, but I was successful at passing the ride. This picture is of me and my very good friend, Nancy Wright. Nancy lives in Michigan, but she is an IAC34 member and usually our very excellent volunteer coordinator for the contest.  Nancy has a private pilot license....

Kathy Norris     (Indiana)

Kathy Norris (Indiana)

Kathy flies out of her family’s private grass strip near Liberty, Indiana.  She flies a Rans 7 with a 100 hp Rotax 912 engine.  Kathy and her huband, Wayne, built their Rans 7 from a kit, start to finish time just a few short months.  It’s the 3rd of 4 airplanes they have built. Adventures: My trip to Florida...

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