Barb MacLeod

Barb MacLeod led a life of adventure exploring and mapping Mayan caves in the jungles of Belize that hadn't seen human life in 1,500 years, but she was terrified of flying. She confronted and conquered the phobia, and is now a full-time teacher of primary and aerobatic flight instruction in Austin, Texas. She also earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, specializing in ancient Maya hieroglyphic decipherment. In this month's Profile, Barb talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about how she overcame the fear of flying, teaching aerobatic instruction, the day she spun an Aerobat through 52 consecutive rotations, the songs she has written about flying, and what's in those caves.

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