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Meeting: Thursday, October 8
Speaker: Jacquie Warda
Subject: Aerobatic Flying
Hayward Airport - Executive Hangar 13
Refreshments & BBQ 5:30pm - 6:45pm / Meeting 7:00pm
Please join us on Thursday, October 8th for a talk by Jacquie Warda. When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career. During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white collar profession and realized her dream as an air show performer.
Jacquie traces her love of flying her to her earliest days, when, as a newborn, her first outing was to the Los Angeles County Airport Air Show. Her pilot-father’s interest in airplanes and flying inspired Jacquie to want to ride the wind. Jacquie spent many years dreaming of flying but was unable to do much about it. By the time she was 32 years old, she decided she had waited long enough. She enrolled in ground school and the rest, as they say is history. After earning her Private Pilot certificate in 1986 a friend offered her a ride in a Pitts Special which introduced her to the world of aerobatics. She took her first “formal” aerobatic lesson in July 1997. Along with flying aerobatic competitions, she raced her biplane at the Reno Air Races from 2001 through 2004 to learn a whole new kind of flying.
Jacquie has made the switch from a biplane of many years to something new; a beautiful red Extra 300 monoplane. Her Extra 300 is faster, more capable of gyroscopic maneuvers and has two seats! She can now give rides and share her love and passion of flying with others across the country.
Jacquie spends a large part of her time as a role model by way of speaking to schools, speaking to civic groups, private groups, and particularly groups of women and young girls. In March 2013, she organized a week-long program to offer airplane rides to young girls and women of all ages in a concerted effort to introduce them to the joys of flight and all things aviation.