Sarah Kelly Arnold (Tennessee)

Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly is based at Chilhowee Gliderport, Benton, Tennessee (92A)

A little flying history. I grew up in British Columbia Canada (I am a dual citizen) and learned to fly there in ultra-lights when I was 13 years old. When I was 16 I bought half of the 1948 Piper Vagabond, then registered as C-FWCD, now N222SK. We have been everywhere together, including flying out to Tennessee where I now live in March 2003. For the past 5 plus years I have owned and operated Chilhowee Soaring Association, Inc. a commercial gliderport in Eastern TN.  Besides the Vagabond which I own personally, the business owns and I tow with a Piper Pawnee and a Callair A-9 towplane. I do a lot of towing and a lot of glider instruction. I do a little tailwheel training, but not in my precious Vagabond, only for those who need help, checkouts, flight reviews, etc in their own aircraft. I have flown a lot of tailwheel aircraft, in fact most of my power time is in tailwheel training. I’ve never bothered to separate the tailwheel time from the rest.


You can read about me in the last chapter of Sparky Barnes Sargent’s book entitled “A Hunger for the Sky”. If you haven’t seen it yet you will want to get a copy as it highlights 8 different women in aviation who the author knows personally and has been inspired by. You can read about the book here:


  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 08:50h, 20 August Reply

    See the July 2011 issue of “Soaring” magazine for another article on Sarah (, pages 36-39). Sarah came in first in the 2011 Sport/Club Class Nationals! Congratulations, Sarah!

  • Robert Jacques
    Posted at 06:01h, 27 July Reply

    There can only be one Fred Howard who had is students rebuild airplanes at high school. I haven’t seen you in 25 years. Sorry to use this blog to reconnect with old friends. Evertybody fly safe.

    Robert and Pam

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 18:45h, 29 May Reply

    There’s a great 6-page story in the WAI magazine, Aviation for Women, May/June 2010 issue on Sarah, including pictures. Sarah does it all!

  • Dave Hoepinger
    Posted at 20:57h, 10 May Reply

    I am networking to find A Vagabond. Wondered if you might know of any that you could recommend? I currently own a PA-16 (Clipper) that I would consider tadng for the right PA-15/17.
    Cell: 618-803-8333
    Thanks. Fly Safe.

  • Fred Howard
    Posted at 23:15h, 01 February Reply

    wow.. I finally found my old PA17.. which I named Snoopy. I bought it time expired and restored it as a school flight EAA project at my high school in Prince George BC. Once airworthy, then flew it across Canada in ’81 and down to Oshkosh and back attending airshows and camping under the wing. The engine log wont’ show it, but I upgraded it to a 75hp from a 65 by using different pistons when the engine was done. When I bought it, it had all the original log books starting at the Piper plant when Bill Piper jr took it west to sell planes. Hopefully you have those with the a/c. I traded it to a pilot for his Cessna 180 which I flew on floats and wheels, but my time flying the Vagabond on wheels and skiis was the best. I’m so pleased that you love ole Snoopy… I sure did… tell me more please…. Fred

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