Jan 2010 Sheila Mabbitt (Tennessee)
Sheila Mabbitt is based in Nashville, TN at KBNA, Nashville International Airport.
I grew up in S. Carolina and took to the skies at age 20 though as a flight attendant for a major airline. I quickly nurtured a desire to learn to fly, but suppressed that dream for several years until finances and timing came together at a juncture that would certainly prove to change my life. Shortly after obtaining all my ratings, I began my adventuresÂ logging timeÂ as a pipeline patrol pilot, and soon thereafterÂ had the good fortune of meeting a gentleman who needed a co-pilot for his cargo company. I immediatelyÂ embarked on aÂ journey that has taken me through aviation history.
I began flying DC-3s for himÂ in 2003 and quickly fell in love, not just with the Gooney Bird, but with all WWII era airplanes, particularly thoseÂ consisting ofÂ the tailwheel/radial engine combo andÂ have hadÂ the opportunity to fly T-6s, Wacos, Stearmans, & Beech 18s, to name a few. I was typed in the DC-3 in 2004 and have logged more than 1,000 hrs in type. I haveÂ flown them all over the country experiencing the earth’s beauty from the open cockpit window 500′ AGL. My most rewarding trips thus farÂ have beenÂ variousÂ humanitarian missions. I now fly a King Air 200 out of Nashville, but stay involved in the DC-3 community whenever possible.
Flying DC-3s has opened so manyÂ doors for me andÂ allowed me to meet many other great aviators and aviatrixes, some of whom I’veÂ had the honor of being featured withÂ in Sparky BarnesÂ Sargent’s book entitled, “A Hunger for the Sky” seen here: http://home.windstream.net/av8terz/book.html .