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Aerobatic Pilot

Hi! My name is Talia. I’m 27 and only recently took up flying, but once I
started I knew it was something that I just had to do. I don’t have any
children, just two dogs, Tibbs & Tilly who also love to fly. I also have some
horses, but they don’t fit in the plane! I grew up in awe of my Grandpa. He
was a pilot in the navy and then went to work for Pratt & Whitney (they make
aircraft engines). He had so many model airplanes in his house when I was
little and I always wanted to play with them. My dad was also a helicopter
pilot and had a Cessna 182 when I was very young. But I was never sure
that I could actually fly. I hadn’t really met any women pilots, and didn’t
realize that it may be something I wanted to do for a living, until I went for
my first flight and everything changed!

I learned to fly at a little airport in the mountains in Nevada and had a
wonderful instructor who stood behind me all the way. Learning to fly had its
challenges but I had a very supportive group of people around me. Eventually
took a job at the FBO where I learned to fly (FBO stands for Fixed Base
Operator, it’s like a gas station for planes and a lot of them also have flight
schools). I currently fly a Cessna 172, but I have also flown Cessna 206’s,
210’s, Decathlons, an Extra 300, and spent a little time in a King Air.

I don’t yet fly for a living, but I still work for the FBO and I am working
towards my commercial certificate and eventually becoming an aerobatics
instructor. Flying aerobatics is my love and I can’t wait to share it with other
people! Although I knew I loved to fly, it wasn’t until I began flying aerobatics
that I really figured out what I wanted to do. I still can’t sleep the night
before I go for an aerobatic flight; it’s so much fun to do different maneuvers.

Before I started flying I was a teacher. I love to teach and I love to fly, it just
took me a little while to figure out that I wanted to combine the two! I also
own a wedding photography business as a side job. Sometimes people look
at me a little strange when I tell them that I fly and that I want to teach
aerobatics. Even some other pilots can’t understand why I would want to do
loops and rolls in an airplane, but it’s so much fun, and you learn so much
more about flying!

Most people I meet are excited when they learn that I’m a pilot, and want to
learn more about it. A lot of people say, “I have always wanted to learn to
fly,” and I was also that person at one point. I am so happy that I can now
say I am following my dreams and doing it! If you want to learn to fly,
especially aerobatics, I would suggest taking a lot of science classes,
particularly physics. It’s hard, but try to do well in school and get a good
education. And try to meet as many other pilots as possible. There are so
many different types of flying and it’s so helpful to talk to people about their
own experiences when you are trying to figure out what you want to do. I’m
not sure where this road (or runway) will lead me, but I am having the time of
my life finding out! I have a MySpace and Facebook page with lots of fun
flying photos (email me for links to those pages).




























Here’s a video of me doing some aerobatics in the Extra 300. Feel free to
contact me with any questions, have fun and fly safe!
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
TM
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
TM