Oct 2017 Andrea McGilvray (Texas)
Andrea McGilvray is based at private grass strip about 10 minutes north (Medina TX) from TE90, Flying L Airport, Bandera, Texas.
I love to fly!
It started with a 2 seat Beaver ultralight in Canada. There you needed a minimum of 5 hrs. and I soloed at 4.5 hrs.
I got my private license in 1987 in a Cessna 172. After I got my ultralight lisc, I dated my flight instructor and got to fly all kinds of airplanes. I also flew an Eipper MX2 â€“ loved it, I pulled up to go over fences (BIG SMILES). Ted flew up north in Alberta so I got to experience that kind of night flying (no lights up there), and a Cessna 310 once off an uncontrolled airport at night into Calgary International. That was enlightening. Yaâ€¦ the lights are a little bit further apart. This was all before I got my private lic.
Then we moved from Calgary/Didsbury Alberta to Pembroke Ontario where Ted taught flying and I got more time in different types. Got my private done in about a year and Ted (boyfriend) got a job up in Inuvik. Nooooo I did not go with him there. Burrrrrrr.
I moved to Ottawa Canada and got to fly a single seat Beaver ultralight on Lotus floats. The â€œHow Toâ€ manual and check ride was 2 sheets of paper and playing with the airplane. Finally it was time to take off. Interesting thing is it was a tailwheel configuration but I had never had any dual in a tailwheel or float plane. Thereâ€™s more to this story but the short part is I water-looped lots of times. Thanks to water, softer than dirt.
Then I left aviation for about 26 years. Ran out of $$ and no friends that flew. 2.5 years ago I ran into another person who has lots of airplanes and short versionâ€¦ I bought a J3 Kitten. Looks like a cub but is an ultralight. I got my tailwheel endorsement in a Champ. That also has some fun stories. How hard could this be?! Ya ok. Well once I had it figured out, I flew my Kitten and I have never had a close call. I at times can stick my hands/arms out and make it go up/down etc.
My goal is to buy an Acrosport 2. I hope it will happen very soon if the real estate gods will close a few of my listings. Iâ€™ll update (if possible)â€¦
Aircraft Flown: Cessna 150,152,162,182,310, Stearman, 1 and 2 place Beaver ultralight, Eipper Ultralight, Kitten ultralight, Chinook ultralight, Hanglider that had a motor attached to get up off the ground, Champ, Citabria. I also have some flying time (no take off/landings) in a P51 2/3-scale replica (hope to fly it one day!), Luscombe and a OTW Meyers Biplane (one of the 1st trainers for ww2, replaced by the Stearman because it was too easy to fly.)
Dream Taildragger: Pitts
Thoughts on taildragging: They are not as easy and more of a challenge (than nosewheel) and they take me back in time to flying by the seat of your pants. AND the Bi-plane is my fascination of all airplanes and they are all Tailwheel!