Many times I’m asked how I became involved in aviation. I was lucky, as my mother, Marion Jayne, was my CFI. Marion started to fly when her husband wanted his pilot’s license for business purposes. Like many in the uninformed public arena she thought “small planes” were dangerous. However, when she began her flight training she caught the flying bug. She earned her ratings quickly and became the 12th woman in the U.S. to earn her ATP. Marion had a strong competitive streak and started cross country air racing. Ultimately she won more air races than any pilot in the U.S. and was inducted into the Smithsonian Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2003, at the Centennial of Flight at Kitty Hawk, she was honored as one of the top 100 aviators of the century.
Having a competitive nature as well, I initially wanted to earn to my license just to I could compete in air races. After some solo flights, when I learned to relax, the thrill of flight quickly became part of me. During my college years, I passed the FAA written exam during one summer. The next summer I passed the flight test and earned my wings becoming a private pilot rated for airplane single-engine land. Thanks mom for giving me the gift of wings.
Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds! ™
See our first solo plaque here.