Pilot: TERRY CARBONELL, Alva, FL
My mantra for life is
"Never let fear, alone, stop you." I started flying at the ripe ole' age of 44 at
the request of my husband, a private pilot now afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. I did not take to flying: the development of wings has been an evolutionary process which has taken its' jolly old time. But after 2 + years, 850+ hours, an instrument rating, a commercial rating and
lots of help from other pilots, instructors and friends, my flight feathers are becoming fully developed, and I look forward
to a long love affair with life above this earth.
will be my second year flying the Air Race Classic; the first being in 2007. From the planning to the cross country trip out
to Oklahoma City and through-out the race to Saint John and back home, I was pretty well hooked. I liked the atmosphere,
the excitement of the race, the planning and strategy, and the other ladies who were volunteers and competitors but became
friends. One of those ladies, was Theresa.
My friends tell me I suffer from "terra-firma phobia" as I would much rather be scuba diving or flying. I have
traveled over a large part of the world as a passenger but now it is my turn to be PIC. Since getting my license in May 2005,
I have flown across the US twice. My "cross countries" are literally clear across the country. In 2006, we
went from SW Florida to Las Vegas, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. The 2007 trip included an overflight of the Grand Canyon, a visit to a fellow racer in southern California, Yosemite
National Park, the many air museums in northern Oregon, Seattle, Teton National Park and the Ozark region of Arkansas.
We have also flown Wild Mama to Niagara Falls, Cancun, Mexico and to the Bahamas, not to mention the 2007 ARC
from Oklahoma City to Saint John, NB, Canada. All and all, I have landed at over 150 different airports throughout the US,
Canada, Bahamas and Mexico.
I have developed a real passion for flying and I especially enjoy sharing
that passion with the next generation of aviators. My flying goals for this year include tail-wheel training, continued participation
in the FAA Wings Program and aerobatic training.
affiliations include the Ninety-Nine's, Paradise Chapter, Women in Aviation Int'l, volunteer
for Angel Flight, Lawyer Pilot's Bar Association and AOPA.
|Terry takes inventory at a fly-in
Co-Pilot: THERESA WHITE, Oklahoma City, OK e-mail: email@example.com
After raising 3 sons, I was finally able to fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to fly. I used to take
my boys to the airport or local Air Force Base to watch airplanes take off and land. I was always giddy like a little kid when I got to fly in a commercial airliner--just to be up
above the earth was such a thrill. I'd never flown in a small airplane until I took an introductory flying lesson in 2003.
It was scary yet thrilling, and I was hooked from the beginning. It's been a bit of a struggle learning so many new concepts
and becoming comfortable in an unfamiliar environment later in life--I got my license the year I turned 50. I'm so excited
about the life aviation has opened up to me and thankful for all the new friendships I would have never known. The Ninety-Nines
have been a tremendous support and inspiration--we have a great group of women in our Oklahoma Chapter. Through our chapter,
I was awarded the Okie Derby Wings of the Future Scholarship in 2005, which helped me complete my private pilot training. And meeting Terry has definitely been a highlight.
Experiencing her energy, drive, and encouragement has really motivated me, and I'm so excited to have the opportunity
to race with her in ARC 2008. What a thrill! What a team!
I have been flying for 3 years now, had my license
for 2, accumulating around 250 hours, mostly flying with Mike in his C172, affectionately known as Buttercup. Mike and I started flying together right around the time I got my license. We've flown Buttercup to Oshkosh and
Sun 'n Fun twice, Indiana, Colorado Springs, California, and regularly to fly-ins around Oklahoma. I'm an active member of The
Ninety-Nines and Oklahoma Pilots Association and work as a training specialist in International
Training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. I've been involved in a variety of aviation functions, including
coordinating international aviation training symposia, a Russian women aviators exchange, and serving as registration chair for the ARC 2007 Start. I am currently working on my instrument
|Theresa takes a break!
Click below to check out the many hats of Theresa
VERNON CONLY -
Chief Mechanic: I have been flying for more than 22 years and have flown many ferry flights around the United States and completed several across the country excursions, including a flight
to Alaska from SW Florida in 2004. I hold single and multi-engine instrument ratings, commercial multi-engine
rating and have extensive tailwheel experience. I have been working on small piston aircraft for over 20 years , earning my A & P in 2002 and my IA in 2005. Currently, I have my own business in LaBelle, FL where I service piston aircraft
and agricultural turbine aircraft for the local community.