Jan 2010 Dianne Wieman (Texas)
Dianne Wieman’s Aeronca Champ 7AC——-it took her 5 years to put it back together from a pile of pieces!
I have a CFII, ASEL with a CFIG (glider).Â I am the squadron Commander forÂ ALAMO compositeÂ Civil Air Patrol (the composite indicates cadets and seniors!) and have gained another aircraft project to work on!Â Just recently I became a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas!Â I have built a hanger at Zuehl airport and house the Champ and a Cessna 150.Â Inside the hanger I have also built a workroom 15 feet by 33 feet to allow me to work on aircraft in air conditioned comfort in South Texas!
TDA is the name of my Champ.Â The name came from my husband who would ask if I was going to go work on THAT D_____ AIRPLANE again tomorrow!Â It took 5 years to put it together and at this time the annual is going to be competed for the 9th timeÂ since its restoration.Â I have flown the Champ to the National Aeronca Association flyin at Middletown, Ohio several times. (about 1079 KM one way).Â By the way, the trip takes about 13.5 flying hours and if you are REAL lucky and have a couple of friends helping with the “PIT” stops, the trip on the way back to San Antonio can be accomplished in one day!Â (we know this because one of the GUYS wife wanted him home and we decided to attempt the one day trip!Â The gentleman is still married and flying!
I myself, am an antique———- but that does not slow my love for flying, teaching and introducing young people to any type of flying.
Dianne says she is married to a wonderful guy who puts up with her aviation habits (he has an instrument rating, though does not fly anymore). Â Her married name is actually Dianne Wieman-Deyeso – but due to a late life marriage, no children and a huge hassle to change all of her documents, everyone knows her as Dianne Wieman.