Tracy Salmi     (Texas)

Tracy Salmi (Texas)

Tracy Salmi is based at 44TE, Shirley Williams Airport, Kingsland, Texas. * Tracy Salmi with her Cessna 170 Neil Salmi and I were married in January and we have bought a hangar home on 44TE in TX. I sold my home and hangar in KS. Still have the C170.  Am a CFII multi engine instrument  land /single engine sea. I enjoy flying and the people that fly and build airplanes....

Cynthia Laddon Kaase    (California)

Cynthia Laddon Kaase (California)

Cynthia Laddon Kaase is based at KMYF Montgomery Field Airport, San Diego, California and flies a Decathlon CS. I am the proud owner of a wonderful little airplane, a Decathlon CS.  I am a dual rated instrument pilot in helicopter and fixed wing. I am a CFI in helicopter and am currently working on add-on ratings for my Commercial license and my CFI certificate * * I love flying both tailwheels and helicopters.  I am a fickle lover. Whichever I am flying at the moment is my FAVORITE !  :  )...

Jill Baker     (California)

Jill Baker (California)

Jill Anne Baker, CFI, MEI, lives in San Diego, California and sent in this new picture update.  Jill says “My good friend Buckels  and I flying his Cub!!” Although Jill is based at San Diego, she makes frequent trips to Indiana.  When I met Jill a year ago she was flying this GCAA 1970 Citabria out of Columbus Municipal Airport in Indiana.  Sadly, on a rental flight, it was forced to make an off-airport landing and although the 2 persons on board were fine, the Citabria did not fare so well. Jill works for the airlines, instructs and is a member of the San Diego Ninety-Niners....

Marla Simon Boone   (Ohio)

Marla Simon Boone (Ohio)

Marla Simon Boone flies a Waco (and more) and is based at Troy Skypark Airport (37I), Troy, Ohio. I enjoy flying anything, but especially love my straightwing WACO.  I also fly a tailwheel Colt and a Pacer.  I am a CFII and hold SEL, SES, MEL ratings as well as advanced and instrument ground instructor ratings. I also am an A&P mechanic.  I enjoy restoring antique aircraft....

Chelsea Engberg  (California)

Chelsea Engberg (California)

Chelsea Engberg is based at Mesa Del Rey Airport, (KKIC) King City, California. I’m a CFI and MEI focusing on aerobatics now. I typically fly an Extra 300L and sometimes a Pitts S2C and S2B. I also have opportunity to fly a J3 Cub and am in the process of selling a Cubcrafters Sport Cub for my company. I think taildraggers are the best aircraft out there and am absolutely enthralled with aerobatics. I decided about 4 years ago that I wanted to dedicate my life to aerobatics and am working towards my goals of becoming a full-time aerobatic instructor and airshow pilot. I spend almost every waking moment at airports and every dime goes towards training…what can I say…I’m in love! My job includes flight instruction & managing of a flight school, ferrying an airshow team’s ride Extra 300L around the country along with lots of other odds and ends! I love meeting people who love flying and introducing those who haven’t gotten the bug yet to our wonderful world! *...

Bobbi Boucher  (Virginia)

Bobbi Boucher (Virginia)

Meet Bobbi Boucher,  A&P, IA, & CFI based at  Shannon Airport (EZF) Fredricksburg, VA and builder, pilot and owner of this RV-4. This white, pink and gold RV-4 pictured was built and test-flown by Bobbi Boucher over a period of six years – all 14,820 rivets; no quick-build for this girl!  The plane first flew in January 1998 and has since accumulated 402 hours.  N2QT is powered by a 160 horsepower Lycoming O-320 turning a fixed-pitch, wooden,  two-blade propeller by Aymar-Demuth. Bobbi knows her engine inside and out – she built it up herself. Bobbi holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with ratings for Single and Multi-engine Land and Seaplanes, and is also a Certified Flight Instructor. She started out flying sailplanes, and first soloed in 1973. She spent six years in the Navy working on P-3s, which enabled her to get her Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Thanks to the Navy, she was also able to get her Flight Engineer rating. Bobbi also went to Africa, at the request of the World Wildlife Foundation, to build and fly a Beaver RX 550 ultralight aircraft for the Foundation. She has also done a firewall-forward Lancair 320 and has built a Super Lancair ES with an IO-550 up front. Bobbi has flown her RV-4 in five AirVenture Cup races, making her the most experienced female pilot and solo pilot in AirVenture Cup history. Bobbi says her RV-4 is featured on page 18 of Kit Planes, May 2010 issue.  She also signed up for the Air Classic too!  Bobbi can be reached at her website, The Plane Doctor....

Freya Shiller  (Texas)

Freya Shiller (Texas)

Freya Shiller  is based at KLBX, Brazoria County Airport, Angleton/Lake Jackson, Texas. I learned to fly in a 1947 C140.  I was lucky enough to think everyone flew one.  My first and only instructing job was in tailwheels. I came up thru the ranks as a CFI, ferry pilot and commuter pilot to find myself flying 757 and 767.  I tell people that pays for my AVGAS.  Currently I own a M20E and a Pitts S2B....

Diana Votaw     (Missouri)

Diana Votaw (Missouri)

“I am 53 years old born 06-15-60, got my PPL when I was 17 and my CFI at 19.  Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Own and operate my own airplane (Cubcrafters Sport Cub S2) and airplane business.  I Love to take pictures and I’m trying to get better at aerial video!  Have three children and my oldest daughter, Julia, has her PPL and flies taildraggers when she can.” Diana is based at Creve Couer (1HO), St. Louis.     Here’s a link to Diana’s website: http://votawaviation.com/ This one is a new light sport aircraft site she’s trying to get going: http://lsaircraft.org/...

Lori Adams     (Texas)

Lori Adams (Texas)

Lori Adams, 81, of  Smithville, Texas flies a 1967 Citabria and has logged 29,000 hours in 55 years.  She continues to fly aerobatics in Smithville. By Andrea Lorenz AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF The red-headed pilot takes precautions before she flies the 1967 single-engine Citabria she co-owns with friend and former student Austin Wambler. She checks the fuel and oil, gives the plane a once-over and never flies in bad weather, except for occasions like two weeks ago at the Smithville Municipal Airport Fly-In, when, despite looming clouds, she gave onlookers a show of airplane aerobatics. On a recent Sunday, she guided the plane in loops, spins and dives for onlookers, moves she’s done for so long they no longer thrill her, but people enjoy them so she continues them. Born the year Charles Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis in the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight, Adams said she hesitates to share her age lest it deter passengers or students from flying with her. “They’ll see an old woman, and they’ll say, ‘I don’t want to fly with that old grandma.’ ” Bubbly and energetic, when Adams isn’t working her four days a week at Smithville’s Brookshire Brothers petrol station, she’s flying or at the airport. She’s called the Queen of the Airport Bums, according to the group of pilots and airplane aficionados who hang out at the Smithville airport, because she’s the only woman of the bunch. Adams spends many of her weekends there, where she and Wambler keep their plane in a hangar they also own. Sometimes they go for a “$100 hamburger,” pilot-speak for the cost of the fuel it takes to fly to another town for a burger. “This is where she comes into her own,” Wambler said as Adams took off for a solo flight to show off her aerobatic moves. “When she gets into an airplane, she goes into her own world.” Adams began flying in her early 20s, but her interest in aviation started when she was a child in Smithville. “I jumped from the hayloft into the hay,” she said. “I thought I wanted to fly.” In her teens, she tried to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots, who flew military aircraft during World War II, but she was too young. Adams finally had a chance to fly in a plane thanks to acquaintances. She worked as a photographer snapping pictures of patrons at a nightclub, and the band director took her up. Her roommate’s boyfriend gave Adams her first lessons in Dallas in exchange for paying her roommate’s share of the rent for a month: $50. The first time Adams flew alone, in a J-3 Cub, the control stick used to fly the plane from the back seat came off during the flight. She managed to land safely by climbing into the front seat, but the incident scared her. “I quit flying for about a year,” Adams said. “With the stick coming out, I thought the good Lord didn’t want me to fly.” She eventually got back in a plane, obtained her license and moved to Houston. She married Dick Adams along the way. He died in 1960 when his crop-dusting plane went down because it was overloaded. She never remarried. In 1964, Adams opened a flight school at Houston’s Hobby Airport, where she stayed until the 1980s when the airport became too congested to handle small planes. She then retired, returned to her hometown and started giving instructions in Smithville. Although she no longer teaches, with 29,000 flying hours, Adams doesn’t have plans to slow down. Federal Aviation Administration rules require commercial passenger pilots to retire by 65, but there’s no age limit for other pilots as long as they pass regular medical exams. Adams said she will fly “till I die.” “For real,” she said. “You’ll see it someday in the paper. You’ll say, ‘Oh, I knew her.’ But now I’m healthy and I feel good.” Adams said the only trouble she has getting around is caused by a pesky ankle injury she got skydiving; she jumped out of a plane two years ago and caught her foot on the way out — “a freak accident,” she said. And Adams wants another go at skydiving — without the broken ankle. “I want to make a good one,” she said. Citing former President George Bush’s skydiving trips in his 80s, she said, “It’s no big deal.”  —————————————————————————–  This picture of Lori Adams from 1966 was sent by Jerry Griggs, a former line boy for Lori.  (See Comments).  Lori taught Jerry to fly in 1967 and Jerry taught his daughter and her best friend to fly his Aeronca “K” when the girls were 16. They are featured on this website at Janice & Andrea\’s First Solos .  ...

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