Amy says “I adopted my aviation family through volunteering with various organizations,” and she has stepped up from her RAF Ambassador position to fulfill Liaison duties in Minnesota. “I look forward to learning the ropes from the great team of RAF volunteers,” Amy added.

Her passion for aviation began in high school when she began volunteering as a photographer for EAA during Airventure in Oshkosh. Thanks to an EAA scholarship, she earned her private pilot certificate a week after graduating high school. “I learned to fly in a Cub and the hook was set,” she says. 

During college, Amy interned for Dakota Cub Aircraft, a high-performance Cub parts manufacturer and rebuilder. Amy then joined the team at Wipaire, the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft floats. She led the marketing team for several years and moved into float and aircraft sales, where “I’m paid to talk about airplanes during the work day, in addition to doing so for free in my spare time.”

She now owns a 1946 Piper Cub with what she calls “an identity crisis” – born a J3, converted to a PA-11, now with some PA-18 modifications. It spends most of its time on wheels, but also has floats and skis to handle the variety of upper Midwest conditions.

In addition to Amy’s involvement in EAA, she has experience with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Minnesota Business Aviation Association, South St. Paul Airport Advisory Commission, and Fleming Field Aviation Association. “I’m most proud of helping to establish the Leah Jones ‘Herd o’ Turtles’ flight training scholarship through the Sentimental Journey Fly-In,” she says.

Submitted on January 21, 2022.


  1. Ron Pogatchnik on February 1, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Welcome Amy!
    Nice to see such a “High Powered Lady ” in that position.

    • Amy on February 2, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Ron, I appreciate the welcome! I’ve been fortunate to get to know and work with some wonderful people.

  2. Bob Epting on February 1, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Amy is the best thing that ever happened to Piper Cubs.

    She is also the best reason to show up at Sentimental Journey every summer.

    We hope to see her again soon.

    • Amy on February 2, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Bob, you flatter me too much! Hope to see you at LHV this year – the Cub is already counting the days to the trip.

  3. Peter Brown on February 1, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Oh no it’s Amy.

    Rock on Ms Gesch.

    • Amy on February 2, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Peter!

  4. Kelly Gebhardt on February 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations to you The aviation community is fortunate to have you as a very qualified representative.

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