LORI OLSON

Director of the Upton Municipal Airport, backcountry pilot & rural airstrip advocate

 Lori Olson is a backcountry pilot, rural airstrip advocate, and director of the Upton Municipal Airport in Upton, Wyoming. Pictured here with 'Papa Charlie,' her American Champion 7GCGC high country plane.

Lori Olson is a backcountry pilot, rural airstrip advocate, and director of the Upton Municipal Airport in Upton, Wyoming. Pictured here with 'Papa Charlie,' her American Champion 7GCGC high country plane.

 
I don’t care if it’s 10 degrees out. If I’m in my plane, I’m where I need to be.
— Lori Olson
 
 Lori Olson pursued her dream to fly later in life. She saved her town airstrip from being turned into a dump, and now leads a statewide task-force to preserve other small, rural landing strips around the state. 

Lori Olson pursued her dream to fly later in life. She saved her town airstrip from being turned into a dump, and now leads a statewide task-force to preserve other small, rural landing strips around the state. 

 
 

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.

 
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 Lori Olson and Papa Charlie, ready for take-off.

Lori Olson and Papa Charlie, ready for take-off.

 
 
If there’s something that you want to do, try it! That doesn’t mean you’re going to succeed at everything, but you won’t know until you try.
— Lori Olson
 
 
 Lori Olson with her twin daughters, who were one of her biggest motivators for Lori to pursue her dream to fly.

Lori Olson with her twin daughters, who were one of her biggest motivators for Lori to pursue her dream to fly.

 
 
At what point do you say, ‘My life is over?’ Hopefully never! Keep going out there and finding things that are fulfilling to you and give you joy. The greatest joy, and flying has done that for me.
— Lori Olson
 
 Pursuing her dream to fly has opened up the world for Lori to explore new opportunities and experiences. 

Pursuing her dream to fly has opened up the world for Lori to explore new opportunities and experiences.