Kalin Kellie (Alaska)

Kalin Kellie is based at AK28, Chena Marina Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Kalin Kellie & her ’46 Champ

I fly a 1946 7AC Aeronca Champ that was converted to a 7CCM. It has a Lycoming O-235 engine (115 hrse). It was my first airplane and my 3rd!

A couple of happy Champ flyers!

I’m just starting to use the big tires the way God intended and am constantly going broke to pay for avgas. I live in Fairbanks Alaska, work as a wildlife biologist and knit whenever it’s IFR. I’m hoping to reach my first 1,000 hrs by the end of the winter.

My Champ is parked at Chena Marina (AK28) near Amal’s PA-11. I had a Taylorcraft before this one and although I liked how the T-cart flew, the Champ is WAY more comfortable and has these GREAT BIG WINDOWS.

Amal and I just got back from a tour of South central Alaska strips. Looking forward to visiting the site often. Great group of gals!


  • C A McDonald
    Posted at 21:30h, 21 September Reply

    My first airplane was a 1946 Champ 7AC back in 1973. I can see by the picture you are having as much fun as I did. Life is short, everyone should fly a Champ sometime in their life.
    Good Luck

  • Judy Birchler
    Judy Birchler
    Posted at 21:43h, 18 July Reply

    Kalin, we’re so happy to have you join the group! I love Champs (just sold mine 3 months ago) and big tires and am so envious of your Alaskan back-country flying. What a wonderful trip for the two of you gals and so cool you each flew your own birds. Heck with that back seat flying thing!! Welcome!

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