Babette André - Honored in 1990
Babette André was born on Jan. 26, 1942 and moved to Colorado in 1968. She has lived and flown in many parts of the world. Starting her education with high school graduation in Hawaii, a BA from the University of California, Berkley and graduate work in three other universities, she studied many diverse areas such as aviation, photojournalism, French, political science and international relations. She served a two-year Peace Corps volunteer assignment in Bafoussam, Cameroun from 1963-65.
Babette’s aviation involvement dates back to the early 1970s. As a general aviation flight instructor and FAA Accident Prevention Counselor she specialized in teaching mountain-flying, emphasizing safety. She was the founder of, and principal writer for Wings West Magazine. Babette and Bill Reefe created the Colorado State Aeronautical Chart in 1987, where there had been none before. This chart includes mountain flying information and preferred VFR routes for small planes. This free chart was found in most flight planning rooms and pilot bags throughout the state.
She was an air traffic reporter for Denver’s KOA Air One, and for Denver’s KHOW Sky Spy. She has traveled extensively through many European and Asia. Babette writes aviation articles for a number of periodicals, and she was the recipient of the 1990 National Air Transportation Assn. Aviation Journalism Award for service to the aviator and non-aviator.
Babette holds ATP, Commercial, Multi-engine, Gold Seal Flight Instructor, BGI and IGI certificates. At the time of her induction into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame she had accumulated over 4300 hours, including over 3000 hours as a CFI. She continues to be active in the Ninety-Nines, Colorado Pilots Assn, and CAHS, among others. She is an adjunct professor of aviation at Metropolitan State College in Denver where she has taught in the World Indoor Airport for thousands of hours. Her volunteer work spans thousands of hours in the field.