Pilot Dossier: Susan Lapis

SusanLapis.jpgSusan is a 1000-plus hour instrument-rated pilot who has flown her Cessna 182 for SouthWings since 1999. She lives in Bristol, VA, with her husband Jim. They have two grown childen, Beth and John. A PhD biochemist who has worked in enzymology and cancer research, Susan has also taught various pre-med chemistry courses and still teaches in winter at the Southwestern VA Higher Education Center as a volunteer.

Susan learned to fly after she fell in love with small airplanes while riding in a Cessna float plane during a cruise in Alaska with her children in 1992. She learned about SouthWings in an interview with Harvard Ayers of Appalachian Voices on a local public radio station, and she responded enthusiastically when Hume Davenport called her to volunteer.

Susan says this about her work with SouthWings: "I love enabling the wonderful folks that fly with me to do good work for the environment. I love meeting them and in many cases, forming long term friendships. I love what I have learned about environmental issues."

Susan loves classical music and opera, traveling with Jim, working in the yard, old houses, the beach, and a wonderful growing family.

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