Dec 2011 Laura Mayer (Connecticut)
Just in from Laura Mayer…
“It’s High Time I sent an Update! Just saw the Christmas video and loved it!”
Laura flies the family 1978 Cessna 180K Skywagon Â purchased in 2010.
“I passed my IFR check ride in August. Yippee!!”
And from July 2009…..
I started flying lessons at the age of 48 and got bitten by the aviation bug with the tenacity of a tick. My love affair with flying began with a J3 Piper Cub. I still remember laughing uncontrollably when I did my first S-turns on the taxiway. Learning to fly was a hard won lesson for me; discouragement almost triumphed, but desire and my not too scant stubbornness prevailed. I finally soloed on June 3, 2007. When I abandoned the plan of getting a Light Sport rating and decided to go for my Private Pilot, I reluctantly switched to a Cessna 152.
Once I got my ticket, I set my sights on purchasing my very own 152, despite the fact that my husband and I already owned a plane. When Bob (who is an IA) first decided to purchase an airplane, he did extensive research, more methodical than I initially realized. And the plane he finally settled on as his fervent desire was a tailwheel, a 1953 Cessna 170B. Initially, I had no plans whatsoever to fly that plane. Probably because it almost cost our marriage with its demand of money, sweat, and tears!! But once I got my tail wheel endorsement , 49A transitioned rapidly from being a financial albatross to being my most cherished passion in life.
I’m certain I speak for all the women on the site when I talk about flying. Flying is my passion, my release, the purpose of my life. The world could be falling down around me, but once I hear “cleared for takeoff,” I am the happiest person in the world and pure joy reigns. We live in beautiful New England and places like Montauk, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Newport are a scant hour or two away.
Laura & Â her husband own a 1953 170B, N3149A, upgraded with a Lycoming 180, constant speed prop & STOL package.Â Laura is based at DXR (Danbury Municipal Airport, Danbury, CT).
Laura says “Ladies and taildraggers – PERFECT together!!”