Heart of a champion

Patty Wagstaff has wowed millions at airshows worldwide with her exciting low-level aerobatic routines. Now, you can hear her story in person at AOPA Aviation Summit, Nov. 5 through 7, in Tampa, Fla.

Wagstaff earned a spot on the U.S. Aerobatic Team in 1985, just five years after receiving her pilot certificate. Since then, she’s been awarded the "First Lady of Aerobatics" Betty Skelton Award numerous times, been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and received the National Air and Space Museum's Award for Current Achievement. She also was the first woman to become the U.S. National Aerobatic Champion. Her Goodrich Extra 260 is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

In addition to airshow performances, Wagstaff also provides recurrency training for pilots in the Kenya Wildlife Service.

You can learn more about Wagstaff at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, when AOPA President Craig Fuller interviews her on Center Stage in the Tampa Convention Center Exhibit Hall. The interview also will be on AOPA Online if you cannot attend.

Also on Thursday, Wagstaff will participate in a “Women in Aviation: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” forum in the Women’s Wing at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m. And she will be available throughout the day to sign autographs: 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the AOPA Learn to Fly Center at Peter O. Knight Airport; 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the Women’s Wing of the Tampa Convention Center;  4:30 to 5 p.m. in the convention center’s exhibit hall meet-up area.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet Wagstaff and talk all things GA—sign up for AOPA Aviation Summit today! Advance registration discounts end Oct. 14.

October 5, 2009