Jan 2014 Lisa Martin (Montana)
An update from Lisa Martin! Lisa and husband John have relocated from Wyoming to Montana.
I got my private license in 1989 while 7 1/2 months pregnant with my oldest child. The family priority slowed my flying some, although my husband and I owned and operated our own aviation business in Montana spraying and doing other surveys with airplanes and helicopters. In 2003, we moved to Wyoming and my husband went to work for Sky Aviation.
As my boys grew up and I had some more time to fly, I added on an instrument rating in about 2006. We owned a C180 at that time (previously we owned a 7GCBC and an Aeronca Champ). When my boys both graduated and moved on, I poured myself into getting a commercial rating with a Piper Comanche. Soon as I got that rating we sold it to return to the fun and spot-on convenience of taildragger flying.
Bought our 150 hp Super Cub in Oct of 2010 and are having so much fun just bee-boppin’ around! I added a commercial glider rating in 2011. Spent a week with Wayne Handley in Groveland, CA doing unusual attitude recovery in an extra 300 the spring of 2012. We live a pretty eclectic, empty-nester life lately.My husband flies helicopters doing utility work for a living. I travel with him as his fuel truck driver. We spent last winter in Coeur d’Alene, ID (2012-13), the summer of 2013 in Moab, UT on a BLM wildland fire helitack team, the Fall of 2013 adding a Flight Instructor Certificate to my wallet and flying around the Flathead Valley on snow skis, and next will be heading back to north central Idaho to do Big Game surveys. We’re always looking forward to backcountry flying and camping trips when not working.
Schafer’s Meadow was our home away from home when we lived in Cut Bank, MT and is our fav MT backcountry strip. I am very excited to get into Schafer’s this winter on skis and do some snowshoeing. It was a big encouragement to me to meet some of you ladies at Smiley Creek a few years ago. I am anxious to meet more of you and see those of you I know again (even though my life does not lend itself to making plans for more than the day at hand)!