Q&A with an aerobatic pilot | PostIndependent.com

Q&A with an aerobatic pilot

Compiled by Samantha PalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Patty Wagstaff

Hometown: Patty Wagstaff Airshows, Inc. based out of St. Augustine, Fla.Occupation: Aerobatic pilotWhere to her see take flight: Today and Saturday at the Garfield County Airport.What do you do in your spare time?Ride horses, spend time with my dogs, cook, read, write, travel, swim, ride my bicycle, ride my motorcycles, work on projects. Greatest accomplishment:Becoming the first woman to win the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life?Too many to name. I read a lot, so many things I have read in books have changed the way I think. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?An adventurer, an FBI agent, an astronaut. What is your fondest memory of flying?Too many to mention. Soloing was a big deal, though. If you could invite any three people for a ride in your plane, who would they be, where would you take them and what would you talk about?My Extra is a single seater and I prefer to go alone! What do you think happened to Amelia Earhart?She lost radio contact, ran out of fuel and ran out of options and went down in the water and I don’t think any remnant of her or her navigator will ever be found. Do you have any rituals/superstitions that you have to perform before flying?No superstitions. I try to focus on the routine, study the winds and conditions and make sure the airplane is in perfect condition. Do you listen to music while flying?When I am flying cross country I listen to a lot of music – everything from hip hop to classical. When I am flying an airshow, I only listen to the sound of the engine.

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