Jennifer Beck (Australia)

Jennifer Beck is based at YGYM, Gympie Airport, Queensland, Australia.

Jennifer Beck airtoair

Thatcher CX4

I first learnt to fly at the age of seventeen in Wollongong N.S.W. Australia, in a Australian designed Victa Airtourer. Actually, in March 2016, I will be celebrating fifty years since my first Solo. I had a long break from flying, mainly due to having a family, however returned to it in 1993 and enjoyed using my private pilots licence to the max.

Jennifer Beck 6In 2003, and now living in Queensland, I decided to increase my qualifications and become a flight instructor, later to be a CFI. I have also been fortunate enough to have worked for an aircraft sales organisation, selling and demonstrating aircraft up to and including high performance singles, plus have also enjoyed being a jump pilot in 182’s.

Jennifer Beck 5My first Taildragger experience was a Chipmunk and later a Citabria, however I also have time on Australian Lightwings but other than a 100 hours or so in tailwheel aircraft, out of my 4300 plus hours in thirty five different types, it was all tricycles. Then I bought my own aircraft, a taildragger.

Jennifer Beck

My Thatcher CX4, I just absolutely love it. After retiring from full time instructing, all I wanted to do was to have an aircraft that was all mine. The first time I saw it, I knew this was the one, single seat,100 knot cruise, ample range, and something that I could afford to fly on a daily basis.

Jennifer Beck 4I had not flown a taildragger for seventeen years and the CX4 being a single seat with no way of being checked out in it, to say the least I was a little nervous, but it turned out to be an absolute delight, with no surprises. I am just so glad that I bought it. Now I am a “taildragger pilot” and loving it!

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