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FIVE QUESTIONS

CATHERINE CAVAGNARO
SPIN AFICIONADO

Catherine Cavagnaro is a spin wizard-and she learned
from the best. Her instructor was "Spin Doctor" William
K. Kershner, who once performed 25 consecutive spins
in a Cessna 152. Cavagnaro broke Kershner's record by
performing 60 spins and continues to teach spin recovery
and aerobatics in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she is also a
professor of mathematics at Sewanee: The University of
the South.
How did you get started in aviation? Two months after
earning tenure [at Sewanee] and having my first son, I
signed up for flying lessons. While it was a much later
start than I had hoped, I continue to make up for lost
time. I love everything aviation.
What were your biggest challenges? During college and
as a graduate student, I couldn't afford flying lessons.
Still, I would take my homework out to the local airport
just to watch airplanes take off and land and dream of the
day when that would be me.
Do you have a favorite aviation-related activity? There
are too many to count. Nothing is better than exploring
our beautiful world with my sons, Jack and Pete, while
traveling in our own airplane. I love using my mathematics background to learn the technical side of flying and
share it with pilots who want a more complete understanding of their airplanes and to fly more safely.
Favorite airplane? My favorite airplane is my Cessna Aerobat, Wilbur, who serves as a platform for spin and aerobatic
instruction. A close second is my aerobatic Bonanza Niki.
Not only is she fun for aerobatics but she offers an efficient
means of cross-country travel with my sons.
Advice for students? Don't wait like I did! If you are
resourceful, there are ways to make your aviation dream
happen. Start by visiting your local airport and let your
interests be known. The aviation community is generous
and loves to support those with passion for flight.

Learn more from Catherine Cavagnaro
at AOPA's 2019 Regional Fly-Ins.
www.aopa.org/fly-ins

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