Feb 2015 Louise Patterson (California)
Louise Patterson is based at KVNY,Â Van Nuys Airport,Â Van Nuys, California,
Louise is an instrument rated private pilot and hopes to get her tailwheel endorsement.
Teacher, pilot, mom!
I didn’t start out liking airplanes very much. At the age of 4, we lived under the approach path for RWY 13 at KSPI. I would hear the loud airplanes (likely a 727 or L10-11) while playing outside. Soon they would buzz right over the house and I’d run in screaming “The angry butterfly is coming to get me!” Boy did they ever. I began flying back and forth between my divorced parents’ house the very next year and found it natural to be moving in a multi-dimensional world in the ocean above the earth. I joined the CAP in 8th grade then went to work for the airlines at 18. I wanted to do everything with those planes, working as a ticket agent, ramp rat, flight attendant, and then earning my pilot license (and one day my A&P). I have a great deal of reverence for this modern miracle and a great feeling of fortune that I was born into such a time.