Carla Kalke (Canada)

1st Solo!! Congratulations to Carla Kalke! Here’s a new update….

Carla’s first solo

“Carla soloed the Citabria last night..there are 18 flight instructors in her school but only one is approved to teach in a tail wheel. Her Instructor announced to the group that it was OK for Carla to swagger a bit because she was capable of doing something that they were not, followed by a look over his glasses…LOL  Cheers, Robert Cardinal”

Carla & her instructor, Bob Salway.


The following posted August 24, 2011

Carla Kalke is based at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Carla Kalke

Hi There,

I’m a half owner of an Acrosport 2 biplane. I started my flight training this spring and I am training in an early Citabria. I have also flown the 7AC Champ. My favorite is flying the Acrosport 2. I like the extra power and the climb as well as the control sensitivity. I have put in quite a bit of time flying the Acrosport but I have not soloed it yet. I’m fine right now on takeoffs but I have to work on the landings a bit more but that will happen, its just a lot quicker on the controls than the Citabria and a lot more fun to fly.

My husband and I flew it back form Oklahoma this spring and it was a cold trip with over 2500 miles in that open cockpit, especially going through the mountains with outside temps well below zero.

Sheepskin helmets and face covers help but the outside temp is well below zero


Flying thru the mountains in open cockpit in March

I’m really excited about getting my license and learning some basic aerobatics.

Carla Kalke

  • Brenda Lee Howard
    Posted at 18:04h, 21 September Reply

    Carla, how wonderful to see your adventures! Please email me sometime for a catch-up!

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 09:35h, 12 September Reply

    Congratulations! It’s an encouragement to us all when one of us progresses in and towards our goals 🙂

  • Gail
    Posted at 20:07h, 10 September Reply

    I’m impressed with the cold weather flying. Usually by 30 minutes at that temperature my legs are shaking and I’m wanting to be on the ground NOW!!!! Also, I think I have the same goggles. Love them! Keep us posted!!!

  • Jean O'Cuilinn
    Posted at 14:57h, 10 September Reply

    Congratulations! How wonderful – and that picture of flying over the mountains looks COLD.

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 09:34h, 10 September Reply

    Congratulations, Carla! Keep on swaggering!

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 14:11h, 24 August Reply

    That looks like a lot of fun! You are going to have an awesome time with your pilot’s license.

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