Liz Utzig Wallace came from a family of aviation enthusiasts. Her father, Clarence, was a wing-walker in the Golden Age of Aviation. Her mother, Thelma, took flying lessons when it was rare for women to even step onto airport grounds.
So it was no surprise that in 1980 Liz got her private pilot certificate.
“I’d trade babysitting for rides in an Aeronca Champ,” she recalls of her early days of flight.
She never owned a plane, figuring that she wasn’t flying enough to justify the expense. But she’d rent planes and travel from her home in Newberg, Oregon, to California to visit family. She recalls a great cross-country trip she took with her mother right after she got her certificate, flying across the midwest visiting family.[Read more…]