Linda Street-Ely holds an airline transport pilot certificate, with a tail wheel endorsement. She left her paralegal profession to work for ForeFlight. She has worn many hats with aviation organizations, such as AOPA's Airport Support Network Volunteer for the Liberty Municipal Airport (T78), EAA Chapter 12 President, and Race Director for the annual Indy Air Race. She's also raced in the annual all-women's Air Race Classic four times.
Mike Ely has been flying for 45 years. He has worked as a freight pilot and as chief pilot of an international corporation, flying all over the world. Mike holds an ATP, CFI/CFI-G/CFII/MEI, Seaplane, Glider, and seven jet type ratings. Currently, Mike teaches at FlightSafety International in the Hawker 800XP, Challenger 601, and the Embraer 135/145/Legacy, and is an Evaluator giving ATP authorization in the Hawker.
The Elys are five-time Gold National Champions in cross-country air racing in the Sport Air Racing League, racing their 1979 Grumman Cheetah, The Elyminator, "the fastest Cheetah in the known universe." Together they write a weekly column in the Liberty Gazette titled Ely Air Lines to promote aviation to the non-flying general public.
Since childhood, Yasmina Platt dreamed of becoming a pilot and earned her private pilot certificate while in high school. Ms. Platt is an active pilot and flight instructor (CFI and CFII), rated in single and multi-engine airplanes, seaplanes, and helicopters. Yasmina currently works for AECOM as a Senior Airport Planner, for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as a Rusty Pilots instructor, and Utah Valley University (UVU) as an Adjunct Aviation Instructor. Yasmina holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and a M.S. in Transportation Planning and Management from Texas Southern University (TSU). She currently lives in Houston, TX with her husband Jared. You can read about their flying adventures here: https://airtrails.weebly.com/.
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