May 2017 Mandolyn McAbee (Florida)
Mandolyn McAbee is based atÂ FMY, Page Field Airport, and also RSW, Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, Florida.
I am a 17-year-old junior in high school. Airplanes are a lifelong passion of mine. The first airplane I ever flew in was a USA 3000 Airlines Airbus A320 and my favorite airplane is the Vought F4U Corsair. I decided I wanted to be a pilot in 2013 when I flew in the right seat of a Cape Air Cessna 402. Shortly afterwards I joined the EAA Young Eagles and started taking flight lessons at Yoanna Flight School at FMY. After high school I plan on enlisting in the United States Navy but my ultimate career goal is to be an airline pilot for JetBlue Airways.
Photography is another big passion of mine and you can probably guess that I like to take photos of airplanes! I visit air museums and airshows whenever I can and I have hundreds of thousands of photos of different aircraft. I enjoy plane-spotting at the airports I fly to as well.
Recently I started my own blog to record my aviation journey. I would love to connect with as many pilots, flying enthusiasts and airplanes that I can. I am hoping that I can broaden my experiences by joining your community.
When I was waiting to fly the Tri-Motor earlier this year at FMY, I met a man (whose name I can’t remember unfortunately) who introduced me to Ladies Love Taildraggers. I am glad that he told me about your community because otherwise I probably would’ve never found out about it until much later.
I do not have any ratings but I am currently taking lessons to earn my private pilot license. I train in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.
My dream taildragger: Â F4U Corsair
I love all types of airplanes but taildraggers are some of my most favorites. I’ve flown in two taildraggers: the first was a Waco UPF-7 belonging to Classic Air Ventures and the second one was a Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor belonging to the EAA. Someday I would love to learn how to fly a taildragger – especially the Piper J-3 Cub.