When Jacquie Warda turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane, leaving behind the humdrum white-collar world to realize her dream of becoming an air show performer.
This dream began for Jacquie as a newborn baby – her first outing was to the Los Angeles County Airport Air Show. At 32, she decided she had waited long enough; Jacquie enrolled in ground school, earned her private pilot certificate and was quickly introduced to the world of aerobatics.
Jacquie now flies a red Extra 300 monoplane that is capable of more gyroscopic maneuvers than her old biplane – and it has two seats so she can offer flights and share her passion for aviation. She holds a Commercial Certificate in land-based aircraft as well as a seaplane rating and holds a Level 1 ACE card, allowing her to perform down to the surface.
With over 2,800 flight hours and more than 1000 coast-to-coast air show performances to her credit, Jacquie has proven that she has the talent, stamina, discipline and guts to reach beyond all limits.
Jacquie spends a large part of her time speaking to schools, civic and private groups and particularly groups of women and young girls. She wears the mantle of ‘role model’ proudly and does not shy away from being thought as such.
Learn more about Jacquie at www.jacquiebairshows.com.