May 2010 Amy Gesch (Wisconsin)
Amy Gesch is based at Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF) ,Â Hartford, Wisconsin and flies a J3 Cub.
From Amy: Â “I love the site idea, it’s awesome! Â Feel free to cut my “about me” down . . . I just started rambling and it probably sounds a lot like me tooting my own horn. Same on theÂ pictures; I probably have way too many but I do love that little yellow airplane! : )”
From Judy; No way Amy, I love ALL your pictures, your excitement,Â enthusiasm and love for “that little yellow airplane”!
I’m Amy, and I think I have an addiction to Cubs (kind of like, “I have a fever . . . and the only prescription is more cowbell!”). Â I got my private pilot’s license at 18 in a J-3 (they forced me to fly a 150 to do the VOR tracking and unusual attitude recoveries), and became a sport pilot CFI in the J-3 last year. Â I’m currently an even 20 years of age, applying for scholarships like mad to get my instrument rating to become a full-fledged CFI.
“My” Cub, which truly belongs to my former flight instructor (who will always be my flight instructor), is 21Y, and she is my best friend. Â I got to take her to school with me for 3 weeks last spring (yes, that is good for cool points), and I drained my carefully guarded savings account, putting 26 hours on the airplane, never with an empty front seat. Â Well worth it!
We also flew to Lock Haven, PA, for the Sentimental Journey fly-in. Â I wrote about that trip on my blog http://aflyingstory.blogspot.com and the story ended up getting published in Plane & Pilot last October! Â See http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/pilot-talk/a-flight-ill-never-forget/cross-country-cubbing.html We even somehow won the spot landing contest! Â Â 21Y and I also headed to Blakesburg, IA, for the Antique Airplane Association fly-in in 2009 and received the Butler-Brown award for the youngest pilot in a pre-1956 aircraft.
21Y is the cover girl on EAA’s 2010 calendar, and we appeared together on NAFI Mentor magazine’s cover in November 2009. Â 21Y, my instructor Steve Krog, and I are the picture on the Learn to Fly website (learntofly.org) and I somehow appeared with 21Y in the May 2010 issue of Sport Aviation.
I had the privilege of flying a Super Decathlon once and got to do a few loops and rolls (WAY COOL!). Â I also have time in a Luscombe.
I’m currently working on hosting a Learn to Fly day at my home airport (HXF) where Cub Air, the flight school I learned at/am still learning at/am instructing at is located. Â I’m super excited to see some new people come out to learn to fly in the J-3 fleet!
Although it’s sort of nerdy, I have calculated that 87.5% of my flying time is in a tailwheel aircraft (I’m looking forward to the 90% mark).
21Y and I may be headed to Lock Haven, finances permitting, but I’m really saving up for the Barnstorming trip (barnstormingmovie.com), which I can’t wait for!