LORI OLSON

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

 Backcountry pilot, rural airstrip advocate, director of the Upton Municipal Airport 

Backcountry pilot, rural airstrip advocate, director of the Upton Municipal Airport 

 
I don’t care if it’s 10 degrees out ... if I’m in my plane, I’m where I need to be.
— Pilot Lori Olson
 
 Pilot Lori Olson with her XXX Papa Charlie. 

Pilot Lori Olson with her XXX Papa Charlie. 

 
 

Listen to Lori's Story.

 

Lori Olson came from a flying family in Upton, Wyoming. Her dad was a navigator in WWII, and used his plane as a way to commute in rural Wyoming for her family growing up in Upton, Wyoming. When Lori moved back to Upton with her husband and twin daughters, the urge to fly became so strong she couldn't ignore it. Lori has a commercial license and flies backcountry, runs the Upton Municipal airport (and saved it from being turned into a dump!), and leads a statewide task force to save other rural airstrips around the state. Lori's next big goal is to get her Certified Flight Instructor license -- look out for Lori's flight school in Upton, Wyoming in the near future!

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 dream to fly.

 
 Backcountry pilot Lori Olson in the pilot's seat of Papa Charlie, her XXXXtypeofplane.

Backcountry pilot Lori Olson in the pilot's seat of Papa Charlie, her XXXXtypeofplane.

 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.
— Backcountry pilot, Lori Olson
 
 
 Lori and her twin daughters, who are one of her biggest motivations to fly. 

Lori and her twin daughters, who are one of her biggest motivations to fly. 

 
 
At what point do you say, ‘My life is over’ ...? Hopefully never! And you 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
 
 Lori Olson looking ahead. 

Lori Olson looking ahead.