Director of the Upton Municipal Airport, backcountry pilot & rural airstrip advocate
Listen to Lori's story.
Backcountry pilot and rural airstrip advocate, Lori Olson, came from a flying family in Upton, Wyoming. Her family's primary mode of transportation was by plane to commute across the vast stretches of Wyoming and the region. As a kid however, Lori was afraid to fly. It wasn't until she moved back to Upton with her husband and twin daughters later in life that the urge to fly became so strong she couldn't ignore it. She took a discovery course flight and was hooked. In the five short years that Lori has pursued her dream to fly, she's become the director of the Upton Municipal airport, saved the Upton airport from becoming a dump, and leads a statewide task force to save rural airstrips around the state. Lori prefers to land in the backcountry versus on pavement. Her next big goal is to become a Certified Flight Instructor and share her love of flying with aspiring pilots.
During our interview, Lori and I talk about her dream to fly and how her world has changed from following her heart and pursuing her aviation dreams.