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 (also a pilot) and two children.

I spend part of my time sitting on boards of non-profits trying to make the world a better place, and the rest of my time actively pursuing a long list of hobbies: flying, skiing, hiking, trail running, scuba diving and oil painting. In 2018, I went to FlightSafety and learned to fly a Pilatus PC-12 NG.

Later that summer I learned to fly an Aviat Husky A-1C. The Husky is my primary focus these days, and I am working on building up my backcountry and mountain flying skills in preparation for a trip to Alaska.

Ratings: Private pilot, Instrument rated, Tailwheel endorsement, high altitude endorsement.

Aircraft flown: Grumman American, Lancair Columbia 300, Pilatus PC-12 NG, Aviat Husky A-1C.

Dream Taildragger: I already own it – the Husky!

Thoughts on taildragging: I love to explore, and that is what taildraggers are made for. It is a totally different experience than flying a Point A to Point B airplane. My favorite thing to do is to go “surfing” in the mountains around Bozeman in the Husky – riding the thermal currents up and down, following ridge lines, always thinking about my way out, watching elk herds. Flying over a high mountain pass at a 45 degree angle feels like I am in an IMAX movie. It’s exhilarating. I can’t wait to take the plane into the backcountry to camp where no one else can find me.

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