Beth Ellis (Ohio)

Beth Ellis is based at 2B6, Hollister Field Airport, Wilmington, Ohio.

I am a student pilot–so very close to getting my PPL! I started flying in a J3 Cub but transitioned to a C150 to work on my private. My husband got me started by buying a gift certificate to Red Stewart Field, Waynesville Ohio, 40I. He has his PPL and wanted me to try it thinking it would be nice to have another pilot around. I had never even considered it to be an option.

Beth Ellis

Kind of a “guys world” or so it seemed. After my first lesson, I was hooked. I read everything I could get my hands on about it! We have a grass strip- Hollister Field 2b6-and hangar on our farm and all I could see was the possibilities!!!

2B6 Hollister Field

My husband had never flown a taildragger and actually seemed surprised that I did so well in one. And the look of surprise on the fella’s around when I soloed the Cub–definitely priceless! Made me realize that its not a “guys world” and I can have a place in it. We have a C172, but I think that its my husbands plane…I’m gonna have to drag a tail around–so someday I’ll have to get my own taildragger! What a year I have had: A career change–from the Medical Field to the Farm Field and from land-locked to taking off like a homesick angel!! For a chic pushing 40–not too bad!

I’m excited to discover the world of aviation and can’t wait to find more women (and friends) like me! Looking forward to the future, learning about aviation and to exploring the sky.

My experience at Waynesville 40I has just been wonderful. They have all treated me like family.  Emerson Stewart and Dave Buchanan have really made my time in the J3 and C150 a fantastic experience. I have enjoyed every aspect of my training. I have gotten the best of both instructors! Many thanks to them for giving me wings! And to my husband (and kids!) for the fantastic idea and support! I scheduled my check ride in 2 weeks. I’m excited and nervous.

By the way, drop in to Hollister Field-2B6 anytime! It always feels like Christmas morning when I hear an engine power back on downwind! Can’t wait to see who is stopping in!

Beth Ellis

Cherrybend Pheasant Farm

  • Mike Knemeyer
    Posted at 21:12h, 21 August Reply


    Well did you get the PPL? I am out of 3OH0 New Carlisle and if you both want another place to visit stop in anytime lots of taildraggers here.

  • Charlie McIntire
    Posted at 05:37h, 12 April Reply

    I am one proud father. She has always been the adventurer.

  • Andy Heins
    Posted at 15:05h, 05 April Reply

    Hey Beth,

    I have been to your place a number of times in years past to hunt pheasants and run our English Setters over the years. It has been about 10 years though since my last visit.

    If you love to fly and love taildraggers then you need to fly or drive up to Moraine Airpark in Dayton. We have a great group of people at our hangar with alot of activities. We are there every single evening during the week and all day on weekends unless we are at a Fly-in somewhere. My wife Susan owns and flies a 1930 Waco RNF biplane and she loves to take interested gals for rides. feel free to contact her anytime at

  • Donna guerin
    Posted at 21:14h, 01 April Reply

    Welcome aboard. That’s a beautiful field and I would love to land on it one day. Hope to see you at the flyin in June.

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