Arty Trost (aka The Wandering Wench) arrived Monday in the Ultralight area at AirVenture 2011 after a 2,000-mile flight from Oregon in an open cockpit. Her aircraft was a Talon, a design that is a descendent of the Drifter she flew from Oregon to Lakeland, Florida, in 2008. Arty is a motivational speaker who uses her flying experiences to help people in all walks of life to have “The Courage to Soar,” which is her theme.
Arty decided on the Talon because, though her flight to Florida was longer, it was in the early spring. This flight to Oshkosh would cross the central Plains states in the bumpy weather of mid-summer. The Talon is a heavier, more powerful, and slightly faster (65 mph) version of the Drifter. Two other pilots flying a Drifter and Titan began the trip with her, but the Drifter was damaged early in the trip during a hard landing. The pilot returned home quickly and rejoined them later with a RANS S-16.
Arty will give a talk on her flying experiences at 10 a.m. Friday in the forum tent in the Ultralight area. We also plan to interview her on EAA Radio at 1 p.m. on Thursday.