Pictured on left is Mary Latimer with a recent Gift Attendee Willow Hetrick who received her PPL at the 2012 event. The Founder and President of Gift Academy Inc. Mary has been a flight instructor since 1974. She is a corporate pilot flying a Conquest II, and an A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization. She is also a retired air traffic controller after twenty-four years of service. She and her husband, Lawrence Latimer have been in aviation since meeting in 1970. They have been involved in aerial application industry, ferry, maintenance, rebuild, flight training, freight, and corporate areas...plan on taking a seat when the stories start! No one ever wants to leave when she starts! Mary was named Flight Instructor of the year for the Lubbock Region in 2013!
Lawrence Latimer Lawrence is commercial pilot, flight instructor and helicopter instructor and A&P mechanic, and also a corporate pilot currently flying the Conquest II. He began his training before meeting Mary and was starting in the aerial application industry at when they met. This is what Lawrence does best, taking those who might have been strung along, have been scared or overwhelmed, needing to overcome bad initial training, or just a major confidence boost. He just has a knack for it. He is one of women's biggest supporter in aviation and most women and men always want to fly with him again and again. He will be brutally honest when required, He and Mary teach year round from Wilbarger County Airport (F05) located in Vernon Texas.
Tamara is pictured on the left with Chloe from the 2015 class.She is the Event Coordinator and Director of Marketing. Tamara is the daughter of Lawrence and Mary and the only child. She was born into aviation already in planes at a month old. Had her first tool set at 4 years of age and was starting to learn the instruments also. She thought everyone had a plane and living on the airfield next to the hangars its not hard to see where she had that mindset. Tamara is commercial pilot, flight instructor, and A&P with her inspection Authorization (like her mother and likely the only mother daughter IA's). Tamara has been a corporate pilot, freight pilot, and has crossed both oceans, flown to, in and around many other countries. She is currently an independent flight instructor and also a mechanic with Fox Aviation International Inc. (www.foxaviation.com ) She gives the other perspective of the story to Mary's from when she was the passenger in some. She lives in Justin Texas Near DFW and teaches out at Propwash Airport (16X).