Lynn Gardner (Florida)

Lynn with the Highlander she built and later sold.

January 2, 2011 update to pilot profile. I sold my pretty little Highlander so I could build a hangar and shop so I can make more pretty little Highlanders. Now have a Rans S7 to play in. 🙂 My new hangar is at 7FL7 near High Springs, Florida (grass 9/27). Maybe we should have a Snow Birds get together at my place this winter.

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Sept. 2009. I have been flying most my life and luckily make my living doing so, but my real joy comes from flying light aircraft. In 2007 I completed my Just Aircraft, Highlander and have taken several great trips in it already. This summer I flew from my home in Florida to Idaho and back visiting the backcountry airstrips along Big Creek, as well as hitting the more traveled paths like Johnson Creek and Garden Valley.

Lynn with Steve & Steve

The photo with my two friends Steve C and Steve H is in Garden City; we camped for the night. GREAT SPOT! Steve H makes lots of exciting videos and posts to YouTube as taildrgfun. He is the Dead Stick Takeoff guy.

The picture with the stone marker is a place called “Soldier Bar” on Big Creek in Idaho. It is listed as Hazardous, but I didn’t think so. In a light airplane as long as its not windy its easy. You can see the result of wildfires in the background. Idaho has suffered a lot of fire damage. Its not as green as it was the last time I visited in 86′.

9 Comments
  • christina chapman
    Posted at 17:57h, 02 June Reply

    Lynn,
    Hope you make the Woman Wise Airmanship Adventure this summer in Idaho. You’ve already had a great intro to the amazing backcountry here so why not check out more. Several of the flight instructors will have planes to instruct from in case you want to obtain more skills. Saw you were interested in coming. Yes! that would be two from Florida attending if you do. WOW. It promises to be a memorable time.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 11:19h, 01 April Reply

    I’m chomping at the bit to get back into Fish Lake, ID. I hope to try a few others this summer too. Idaho is awesome. I just borrowed a Fly Utah book set from a friend and see many backcountry opportunities there too.

  • Raggedyman
    Posted at 03:14h, 01 April Reply

    Ran across this article and was very impressed. You always were a beautiful lady that loved to be in the air and knew how to turn a wrench. I am very proud to know that you have accomplished that which you love so much. Many more happy days for you I am sure..

  • Lynn Gardner
    Posted at 17:28h, 03 January Reply

    Thanks for the invite Christina. Maybe next summer.

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 10:27h, 03 January Reply

    Lynn,

    Love your enthusiasm for aviation. I live in McCall Idaho, the gateway to the Idaho backcountry so I appreciate your love of this great country out here. Soldier Bar is a fun strip and very challenging in certain conditions. I’ve flown my 206 in there and now I fly an American Champion Scout and she’s been in there too. My favorite section part of the Frank Church Wilderness is between Indian Creek and Thomas Creek. Great fishing, fun backpacking, hot springs, Indian historical area, and amazing canyons. Call me next time you’re out and we’ll go.

  • Lynn Gardner
    Posted at 08:25h, 08 December Reply

    KEN,

    I did choose the Highlander for many reasons. The cost to build is not that much different between the two aircraft once you get down to the bottom line and the Highlander is much bigger and more like a certified aircraft with standard flight controls. I haven’t really looked at the new ss7 but I will and give you my final answer on an overall comparison. Hope to see you at the service center sometime.

    Lynn

  • ken nougaret
    Posted at 12:35h, 07 December Reply

    hi lynn,
    i just read your 4/08 article in “sport aviation”. i want to build a kitfox ss7 beginning next year. is there any reason you chose the highlander over the kitfox?
    i live in zephyrhills and work at the cessna/citation service center in orlando as an a&p mechanic, so i am familiar with netjets, although i work on citationair planes. i imagine you fly the “x” there.
    ken nougaret

  • Terri Hull
    Posted at 19:54h, 22 September Reply

    Now that looks like fun! Glad to connect with you again Lynn

  • Posted at 13:45h, 22 September Reply

    Hi Lynn, I’ve seen your posts as Highlander Lynn on BackcountryPilot.org (I’m ASW). Looks like you have some great adventures – Welcome!

    Anne.

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