Shalyn Applegate-Marchetti is based at 15MO, Applegate Airport, Queen City, Missouri.
Hello!! I have been a proud member of LLT since 2014, but so much has happened in the past four years that I feel the need to update my bio.
Iâ€™ve long been passionate about flying. I was raised on a private airport in Northeast Missouri. I went flying for the first time at 3 weeks old, and Iâ€™ve spent many hours in planes since. I spent most of my life knowing that I was going to be a pilot. Fellow LLT member Sharon Tinkler fondly remembers me at age 8 confidently assuring her I was going to be a pilot.
Between the age of 12-18 I momentarily lost interest in flying. I did it so much that I lost sight of the beauty of flying and lost the passion. However, at 18, the interest was re-sparked when I (nervously!!!) completed my first solo. At 19 I had obtained my private license with the same CFI that taught my grandmother, mother, and older sister to fly, Mr. Audrey Glass.
That brings me up to when I originally joined LLT. I had a tailwheel endorsement and a private license, and plenty of time in the family J3 Cub. Since I originally joined, I went to ATP Flight School and completed my instrument, commercial single and multi, CFI, CFII, and MEI. I instructed for ATP for approximately six months, where I met my amazing husband, Alex who is also a pilot and the first person I signed off for a tailwheel endorsement. (I couldnâ€™t marry a nosewheel-only pilot!!)
I then transitioned to flying a King Air 200 for a private company, then went back to instructing.
I spent the next year instructing in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I was privileged to meet and instruct LLT members Katelyn Pitman, Kylie Giffin, Mikaila Gillis, and Shay Londre, among many others. I came to positively love instructing (albeit, when you have great students, itâ€™s pretty easy). However, in June 2018, the time had come to transition to the next phase of my career: I was hired as a First Officer for Piedmont Airlines. Airline training is difficult, but very rewarding. Iâ€™m hoping to receive my ATP and get out on the line soon!
As always, I am so very grateful for this group and Judy Birchler for bringing us all together, and thank you to Sharon Tinkler for pointing me this direction!
Back in time: 2014 Pilot Profile, Shalyn Applegate