Dec 2016 Cayla McLeod (Georgia)
Cayla McLeod is based at GA2, Peach State Airport,Â Williamson, Georgia.
I’m 17 and I have been flying since June! I joined the Candler Field Museum Youth Aviation Program almost 2 years ago and I started working on vintage aircraft to accumulate free flight time! I have around 30 flight hours (mainly in the Champ that my youth program restored) but I have been so lucky to fly many types of aircraft!
Ron Alexander, the owner of Candler Field Museum, taught me how to fly and I soloed in early August right after Oshkosh! Unfortunately, a little over three weeks ago, Ron was killed flying his beloved Curtiss Jenny (JN4). He always told me if I’m in this business long enough I would see several accidents and crashes. It was so hard to see him as my first. But he also said that whatever I see, no matter how tough, I have to keep flying and that is just what I’m doing!!
When the accident happened, we were right in the middle of transitioning from grass to pavement to finish my tailwheel endorsement. I’m in between instructors at the moment but I hope to have my tailwheel by the end of this year!
7AC (N83569 main training aircraft)
Stearman Cloudboy 6L (NC787H)
172 and a glider
What’s your dream taildragger? Too many to name one.