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The Wandering Wench Arrives at AirVenture

Arty Trost
Arty Trost’s arrival in the ultralight area. Photo by Dick O’Reilly.

Arty Trost, aka The Wandering Wench, arrived Monday, July 25, in the ultralight area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 after a 2,000-mile flight from Oregon in an open cockpit. Her aircraft was a Talon Typhoon, 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 slightly longer, it was in the early spring. This trip to Oshkosh would cross the Central Plains states in the bumpy weather of midsummer. The Talon is a heavier, more powerful, and slightly faster (65 mph) version of the Drifter. Flying along with her on this trip was Bob Combs of Beaverton, Oregon, in a Titan Tornado; Wayne Eckertson of Eugene, Oregon, in a Rans S-14 Airaile; and B.J. Moore from Memphis, Tennessee, flying his two-seat Maxair Drifter which was being ferried from Oregon to Tennessee by way of Oshkosh. The Drifter had engine problems in Wyoming, so B.J. quickly hauled it home to Tennessee on a trailer and then rejoined his friends at Oshkosh by flying up in his other plane, a Rans S-16 Shekari.

Arty gave a talk and slide show about her trip in the forum tent in the ultralight area during AirVenture. She was also interviewed by EAA Radio’s J-Mont-G for his roving On the Fly program, live from the Ultralight Barn. Arty shared her thoughts about flying and cross-country trips in an article from the June 2011 issue of Light Plane World. Her website is LessonsFromTheEdge.com. Arty made it back home to Oregon, but her Talon Typhoon was damaged near the end of the trip when it flipped over in a barley field during a forced landing caused by an engine stoppage. Her blog, Flight to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 2011, is filled with many photos and details from her amazing 4,000-mile trip.


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