And baby makes three

Pilots who flew all lower 48 states chart a new course in Florida

October 29, 2013

Meredith and Dana Holladay, who flew a Piper Cub to all 48 lower states in 2012, pictured with their daughter, Alex.Dana and Meredith Holladay, the Maryland pilots who flew a Piper Cub to all 48 lower states in 2012, are charting a new course with their flight instructing business—and a future pilot: their infant daughter.

The Holladays appeared in the November 2012 AOPA Pilot (“Pilots: Dana Holladay and Meredith Tcherniavsky”) after they completed their flight, which began in July 2012 and lasted 56 days. On the final day of the journey, they landed at Frederick Municipal Airport and taxied their Piper J-3 Cub, purchased especially for the trip, to the AOPA ramp as their first stop in Maryland.

The Holladays wrote a book about their adventures and life lessons centered on aviation, Fly the Airplane (available on Amazon). But they sold the Cub almost immediately, because they learned that Meredith was pregnant—and they would soon need a bigger airplane. Alex Nichole was born on March 8.

The Holladays recently relocated their flight school from the Washington, D.C., area to Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport in Florida. They continue to offer all levels of instruction as well as an Elite PI-135 BATD simulator.

“We have spent our entire lives living in places that get cold in the winter, and we decided it was time to live someplace warmer, near the ocean. We also needed to be in a city large enough to support a new business, so Jacksonville was a great fit. Being hundreds of miles away from the Washington, D.C. [Special Flight Rules Area] is a bonus!” Meredith Holladay said.

“The owners and staff of Craig Air Center gave us a very warm welcome, and have been extremely helpful and kind to us,” she said.

“We recognized a demand here for top-notch flight training from experienced instructors. Dana and I have more than 10,000 hours between us, and have earned a solid reputation for our skill, knowledge, efficiency, and focus on customer service,” Holladay said.