Jun 2011 Jennifer Treese (Arizona)
My name is Jennifer Treese and I live in Tucson, Arizona and fly out of the Marana Regional Airport (AVQ).
I’ve been flying for just over three years now and received my private in July 2008. I started tailwheel training in January 2009 in a friend’s RV-6 but didn’t finish my training because the plane had to go back to Oregon where her parents live. I finished my tailwheel endorsement in June of 2010, this time flying an Aeronca Chief that my flight instructor had access to.
Shortly after this I started working on my instrument rating and wasn’t doing much tailwheel flying. There are no flight school in Tucson that have tailwheel training or anywhere to rent!
Last August, right before my instrument checkride my flight instructor and friend passed away in an aircraft accident and although I didn’t stop flying, I didn’t have access to the Chief anymore. That is, until recently. A couple friends just bought a 1946 Cessna 140 and we created a type of flying club for the three of us. The plane is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to fly! I just recently finished my checkout in it and I am so excited to fly it all the time!Â Finally, I have a taildragger to fly!
I’ve also flown a 1941 Piper Cub and a P-51 Mustang, “Betty Jane”, which was awesome!
In addition to flying the 140 now, I am working on my commercial certificate and just finished my masters degree in Aeronautical Science.