Listen: Charl- Charlie Hillard, Two Hour discussed on EAA's The Green Dot - An Aviation Podcast
"So they're one of them's almost done actually keep us posted on that. That's going to be that'd be pretty cool. That is awesome. Who did the best demo and one the? Oh, yeah. Of course. Yeah. Always asked him about it. It's not an easy plane foot. Heavy, you know. Can imagine. We're talking to law. Am I giving you too long advanced? Okay. Do another two hour. Yeah. Exactly. Let us speaking. So where do you see the future of airbag flying going is do you have any sort of forecasts for that? Well, I I think that's a good question. I haven't really thought about it a lot. I think there's always going to be placed for with pilots to go have fun. I do believe that everybody should learn how to fly aerobatics, basic aerobatics. I think we'd have a lot less loss of control accidents. And if people got their heads outside the cockpit covered up all that glass and just looked outside and learn how to fly the plane, you know, and I know I sound like an old timer and a Geezer. But I think any are better poet would say the same thing as far as competition. Airshows? I think it's always going to be a small niche group there aren't too many people that are willing to, you know, the it's it's based on, you know, desire, passion, whatever you wanna call it. You know, you have to sacrifice a lot to be fulltime airshow pilot or. Or a unlimited competition pilot, but everybody should go everybody. Does it rags should try contest, you know? So I I think that there's room for growth in icy competition. I know we encourage everybody to go try it if they by robotic plane, just go do it. It's not about beating people. It's about just becoming better. But the people that reached the top who they sacrifice a lot. They sacrifice family time, or you know, a life. You really can't have too many other hobbies or whatever, you know. It's it's not it's not for everybody. And it's hard for women. So I mean, all the women that I know that have had kids generally don't continue doing your show. So so we've we've talked about, you know, you had a very very full career any the there's a lot of stuff that you've done a lot of places you've lived so far so far. Things that you've accomplished happen. Yeah. So I mean among many, you you were the among many accomplishments here. The the national aerobatic champion you were the first recipient of charl- Charlie Hillard trophy. This early other accomplishments really stand out to you and your career or anything you particularly treasure. Yeah. Being the first woman to win. The nationals was really important to me. Because when I first started competing, people were nice. Everybody's super nice, and helpful. But they sort of like, oh, it's so cute that a women's doing this because there were so few of us there still are isn't aren't a lot of women competing. But there's there's quite a few and as I started getting into competition. People would ask me what I you know, what I won't do they could see I was kind of going at it aggressively. And and I I had to set goals along the way that you know, I didn't know what they were going to be when I first started. I just wanted to fly her back. So I set the goal of getting on the team. And when I did that people ask me my goal. And I said, well, I wanna be a national aerobatic champion. Then like, oh, Honey, you know, you know, girls. Really? I mean, it was desegregated in the seventies. Before that they? Hit a feminine champion and someone, but I'm like, well, why you know, why why couldn't I be in in? They're like well women. The my favorite one is women aren't aggressive enough was the one I heard like, oh, my stock answer to that is I guess you never went to high school in my high school are really aggressive.."