The SFBAA will be hosting its "Target Breakfast" for Women in Aviation on Tuesday, June 5, in Fort Lauderdale. The breakfast will be taking place at the Jet Runway Cafe at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.
We are proud to present Patty Wagstaff as our Guest Speaker. She will be speaking about her life in aviation as one of the world’s top airshow pilots. She flies thrilling, low-level aerobatic demonstrations before millions of people each year. Her breathtaking performances give airshow spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics.
Patty is a six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team and has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition. She is the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times.
She is also a six-time recipient of the "First Lady of Aerobatics" Betty Skelton Award. In July 2004, Patty was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space Museum's Award for Current Achievement in 1994. Having received many awards for her flying, she is particularly proud of receiving the Airshow industry's most prestigious award, the "Sword of Excellence", and the "Bill Barber Award for Showmanship". Recently she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Air Force Association. In March, 1994, her airplane, the Goodrich Extra 260, went on display in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.
Since 2001, Patty has traveled to Kenya to give bush, recurrency and aerobatic training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who protect Kenya’s elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers.