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DEBRIEF

A pilot's perspective
KRAEGEL'S first TV
interview was with fellow
pilot Aaron Tippin.

WHO: Kelly Kraegel
AGE: 36
OCCUPATION:

Owner, Cottonwood
Creek Ranch
HOURS: Approximately 110
CERTIFICATE: Private
pilot, single-engine
land
AIRCRAFT: Piper

Warrior II

EXTRA: Kraegel and
one of her horses
star in a television
commercial for an
Oklahoma bank.

STARTED IN AVIATION...

My dad has a private pilot
certificate. One of my friends
wanted to go to Las Vegas,
which was not far from
where we lived in California.
We were trying to talk my
dad into flying us to Henderson. He wasn't current
at the time. My friend said,
"Why don't you get your pilot
license?" I hadn't thought
about it before. "I don't
know-why don't I?"
BREAK IN TRAINING...I
started in 2001, and I really
enjoyed it. I didn't finish. I
moved to Oklahoma. I'd go
back [to California] to visit
my parents and go up with
my dad. I didn't have the time
or the money [to finish].
A NEW START...[In 2014] I
decided, I need to finish that.
Why haven't I finished that?
It took me about a month
and a half. I had to retake the
written test. I passed the private pilot test on Christmas
Eve. It felt great.

KELLY KRAEGEL

FROM HORSES TO HORSEPOWER

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ADVICE FOR STUDENTS...

Make sure you study. I made
some flashcards and I kept
adding to them, and I would
go over them at night-and it
really helped. Writing your
own is the best-you read
it, that's good; you write it,
that's better. You go over
them every day and it really
sticks in your brain.

SCOTT MILLER

Horses are Kelly Kraegel's full-time business-she owns, trains, and shows
champion Morgans and Saddlebreds at Cottonwood Creek Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma. But she has a slew of other interests: a scuba certification; a
commercial driver's license so that she can drive her Peterbilt tractor and
15-horse-capacity trailer; and, most recently, a private pilot certificate. The
former Miss Rodeo California, who also hosted a country music show for the
Outdoor Channel, hopes to integrate flying into her daily routine by flying on
business trips after she earns an instrument rating.

NO MORE MOUNTAINS... Not
having the mountains in
California to use to navigate
makes it a lot harder for me.
Here in Oklahoma it's so flat.
I didn't realize how much I
used the mountain ranges for
my bearings.


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