On Oct. 3, 2013, Williamsburg native and female pilot/mechanic spoke on her 1965 Piper Cherokee 180C airplane.

According to Brown, it was a windy day, which influenced how many people entered the competition and how the planes flew, and high-speed cameras were used to capture the wheels' arrival over the line.

"The first round was great. A couple of people were disqualified because they landed short, and some landed very long because the winds were at 90 degrees, pushing at the aircraft," she said.

"The lighter aircrafts, which normally would excel at this competition, had to keep more power in and more speed because if they didn't, they would ground loop," which is a rapid rotation of the aircraft.

In the first round, Brown landed about 10 feet past the line and in the second round, she landed 100 feet past the line, clinching her first place position.

"There was another plane in the second round that stopped short 2 1/2 inches before the line, which disqualified it, so it was extremely close," she said. "When they gave out the award, I was so nervous. I went into the competition thinking, 'I'm not going to win this. I haven't flown in a long time.' I hadn't flown in a month."

"They gave it to me in this giant pink Barbie case and the bow was pink."

For winning first place in the spot landing challenge, Brown was awarded $2,000 in $2 bills.

"It was a really, really fun day," she said.

Brown has spent what little free time she has sharing her aviation knowledge and passion with the community.

She works with aviation centers, schools, and programs, including Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy, in Newport News.

"I couldn't imagine doing anything else besides aviation," she said.

"It's who I am."

RAB Aviation Services, LLC, offers:

• Aircraft maintenance

• Aircraft detailing

• Aircraft management

• Aircraft inspections

• Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR) and transponder certifications

• Professional photography

• Professional videography

• Aerial photography

• Flight training

• Sight-seeing flights

• Aircraft charters

• Importations and exportations

For more information on RAB Aviation Services, LLC, please visit: rabaviationservicesllc.vpweb.com or contact Brown at: (678) 340-6398.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.