Susan’s Young Eagle Ride(s)

From Susan Theodorelos

“Saturday I was out flying the RNF — it was such a gorgeous morning — Andy was helping with Young Eagle rides and when I came in from giving a young fellow a ride — he flagged me down and had a very smiley young girl tagging along — so I stopped and he introduced me to Sophie who had just taken her first ride ever in a plane with Andy!

Susan gives Sophie a ride

So of course she had to see what a “cool” airplane is like — so we got her buckled in and turned around for the taxi back to the end of the runway.  I was asking her if she wanted to be a pilot… “Oh yes!” — and I said, “That’s good we need more women pilots! They make better pilots anyway!”  And I hear this sweet voice up front say — “Women are better at a lot of things!”  I said, “Sophie you are my new best girlfriend!!”


“So we turned on to 26 and I said, “Let’s show em what the girls can do!”   She was laughing and happy all the way!  Andy let her fly the Citabria and said she did a fantastic job! She’s a natural I think! It was such a treat to give someone like that a ride!  I hope she will come back for more rides in a lot of different planes.  Next time I’ll give her another cushion so she can see out and let her fly the RNF too!  So we might have a new LLT member soon!”
Susan Theodorelos
I73 Moraine Airpark, Dayton, OH
  • Kathie
    Posted at 19:53h, 13 May Reply

    What a wonderful post. You’ve definitely got her hooked. Plus, Sophie was doing research for her end-of-year project (a multi-genre study of a subject, she chose flight!) and loaded up this page during school. She got to share it with her class!

  • tina thomas
    Posted at 10:00h, 11 May Reply

    And “that is how it’s done!” Good Work as always girlfriend!

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 20:20h, 10 May Reply

    You & Andy are the best! It’s wonderful how you share your awesome airplanes and your love of aviation with everyone. You’ve inspired me to share more!

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