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MayCay Beeler is a spirited vivacious American aviatrix, record breaking pilot, best-selling multi award-winning author, television personality, veteran TV host/producer/journalist, spokesperson, and active FAA Certified Flight Instructor with a passion for all things flying.
Born in our Nation’s Capitol, MayCay grew up in the Washington metro area. After a brief stint as a cowgirl working summer jobs in Wyoming, attending Montana State University, and graduating from the University of Kentucky, MayCay found her niche on the small screen and in the big sky. Her television broadcasting career began as a co-host for the nationally syndicated TV show PM Magazine at WATE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her flying career took flight from these same roots.
With an extensive career in television, MayCay has worked for every major network affiliate as on-camera talent in TV news and entertainment. Readers of a local newspaper voted MayCay their “Favorite TV/Radio Personality” in a Charlotte area “best of” poll. Additionally, MayCay has worked as a TV news weather anchor for the ABC and NBC-TV stations in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
MayCay’s knowledge of weather comes first hand from her flying career. She is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot and FAA Certified Flight Instructor. She set world aviation records in the experimental Questair Venture aircraft. MayCay has been named FAA Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year for the southern United States. She is a member and former chapter chairman of The Kitty Hawk Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. MayCay represents Greensboro, North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad International Airport as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Airport Support Network volunteer. Additionally, she has served as an AOPA seminar instructor pilot traveling the nation for the Air Safety Foundation. MayCay is a former charter pilot and applicant in NASA’s Journalist-in-Space Project. An avid proponent of learning to fly, MayCay is the creator of The Diva Flight Experience, which empowers women through aviation.
MayCay has produced numerous TV features on aviation, including her personal accounts of flying with General Chuck Yeager; and Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager of Voyager fame. Her many adventures in television include initially learning to fly for a TV assignment; competing in the Air Race Classic- an all-women’s transcontinental air race; and skydiving with the Navy Seals.
MayCay has been published in dozens of magazines. She has covered the great Cross-Canada Centennial of Flight International Air Rally as a Pilot/Journalist. Other adventures entailed her personally piloting two crash survivors back to the Bahamian island that, decades ago, nearly claimed their lives. Her account of this compelling story, featuring the playground of a legendary drug lord, appeared in AOPA PILOT magazine, the world’s most widely read flying publication. Her DVD documentary by the same name, “Return to Norman’s Cay”, is available on Amazon. Norman’s Cay was portrayed in the movie BLOW, starring Johnny Depp. MayCay has co-authored a book about the island’s former Medellin Cartel drug smuggling operation. ”Buccaneer – The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed – Adventurer, Drug Smuggler, and Pilot Extraordinaire” is a #1 Amazon Best-selling and multi award-winning true crime tale that details the life and times of a pilot/smuggler turned infamous prison inmate. Reed’s story has never been given to any other journalist. See jackcarltonreed.com.
MayCay’s TV interviews include Mel Gibson and Oprah. As a long time TV spokesperson, MayCay has appeared in hundreds of commercials spanning local to national coverage. She has traveled the world for her television work.
A professional pilot, MayCay enjoys flying passengers and flight instructing because she says it is a privilege to share the joy of flight with others. Her varied pilot duties include flying for law enforcement as Flight Instructor for the local Sheriff’s Air Support Unit. When not flying the airways, MayCay can be seen on the airwaves as a vibrant freelance TV Host and spokeswoman.
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