Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame 2023 Inductee BARBARA MACK
November 1, 2022
1943 - Barbara Mack was born in Minnesota. In 1964 she
experienced her first airplane ride at the St. Cloud airport in
a Cessna 172. She earned her Private Pilot license a year later
and proceeded to acquire additional licenses including
Instrument, Commercial, Instructor, Seaplane SES, Seaplane
MES, ATP, Balloon, Glider, Helicopter among others. After
earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, she started a
career as an Educator, teaching in the Robbinsdale School
Eventually she immersed herself into aviation. Belonging to
the International Aerobatics Club (IAC) she often dresses as
"Granny," performing crazy airshow acts in an American
Champion Citabria. She has flown almost every modern type
of aircraft, including corporate jets. Her career included her
flying professionally for A&P Aviation located at the Anoka
County Airport; Copper Sales Company of Holman Field, St.
Paul; and Modern Tool Company of Crystal Airport.
Mack represents the epitome of a life devoted to aviation.
Since she began her career, she has literally flown hundreds
of different type, model, and series of aircraft. What makes
her exceptional is her years of dedicated instructing. Her
reputation for professionalism, understanding and emphasis
on safety are noted by numbers of her former students.
One student remarked, "I am confident I learned something
significant every single flight." She and her husband Ed's
hangar door at Anoka County – Blaine Airport was always
"open" to visit with and advise students and aviation persons.
She continues to work as an FAA Flight Examiner.
Mack is a founding member of the Minnesota Pilots
Association. She was awarded the high honor of the Wright
Brothers Master Pilot Award from the FAA in 2017 for 50-plus
years of safe flying. Mack also earned recognition from the
Metropolitan Airports Commission for her efforts to promote
the Anoka County Airport. She worked with the FAA General
Aviation District Office, assisting with safety seminars and
training sessions. She was the FAA Safety Team
Representative of the Year in 2010. She has been a guest
speaker many times at the Great Minnesota Aviation
Gathering, providing valuable insight about the check ride
process to student pilots and flight instructors.
Barbara Mack represents Minnesota's outstanding flight
instruction professionals. She has never had any other hobby
but flying, this in turn has had an immense influence on