Amelia Bland Waller hails from Elk Creek, Grayson County, Virginia, where her ancestors have homesteaded for over 225 years.
Professor Waller is also a private pilot. Her father, who was born at home in Elk Creek in 1929, learned to fly before he was old enough to drive. His lessons took place on an old grass airfield in Galax, Virginia. So when his first child was born, she was named for Amelia Earhart.
Young Amelia Bland grew up “co-piloting” with her father in his private plane. Currently, she prefers to pilot a Cessna-172 Skyhawk. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft. Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history.
In the image to the right, Visiting Professor Waller is pictured with her Cessna 172 Skyhawk and (inserted, bottom left) her furry flying buddy.