JoAnne Alcorn (Florida)

JoAnne Alcorn is based at Winter Haven’s Gilbert Airport, (KGIF) Winter Haven, Florida.

Jo Alcorn on Floats

I’ve been flying since 1998.  Licensed at 52 as a pre-retirement gift to myself.  I wanted to do something different that would change my life. I retired after being in IT for nearly 35 years and wanted to get out of the office.  Bought my pretty little Skyhawk new when I had 7 hours and have gotten many of my ratings in her.

Scout on Amphibs

I established Bachman Aviation, Inc. in 1998.  Aviation enabled me to meet Steve Alcorn and we’ve been flying and having fun ever since.  We were married at an Aviat Pitts fly-in in 1999 and flew a new Husky to its new home in Crossville TN.  We dubbed her the Honeymoon Husky.

I started doing the Women’s Air Race in 2006 and love it.  Now I’m a Director for the Air Race Classic.  With Steve we operate Bachman Aviation, specializing in maintenance for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters and aircraft sales.  Otherwise, I just try to keep up with Steve Alcorn!

Air Race Recap

My first experience with taildraggers was through Steve in one of his many J3 Cubs.  We’ve also owned a Citabria, Decathlon, Scout (on floats) and a Super Cub but the J3 is my favorite.  There’s something special about the Cub.  I’ve been lucky enough to work at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base and do some float flying in their Cubs as well.

  • Lynn Gardner
    Posted at 14:51h, 13 August Reply


    Glad you could join us on the web…hope to see you and Steve soon.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 17:25h, 10 August Reply

    I would love to try that air race some day!

    • Jo Alcorn
      Posted at 05:36h, 26 August Reply

      Lisa, you should do the Air Race Classic. It is an amazing event. Information is on the website Always in June, this year will go from Lake Havasu to Batavia…. Come join!

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