Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Spotlight: Young West County Woman Winging It for Good

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Spotlight: Young West County Woman Winging It for Good

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Elsa Klarich seems to be in little danger of becoming an underachiever.

"Growing up, I was told that I could do anything I set my mind to," Klarich said. "And I believed that."

Klarich, who turned 24 in April, has a bachelor's degree in aeronautics. She is a licensed single-engine pilot with instrument rating and is close to securing her commercial license.

And she did not develop all these aviating skills just so she could see breathtaking sights, though she admits to being moved to tears by the beauty she has seen while flying.

She does it so she can continue yes, continue flying medical supply and rescue missions into the jungles of Tanzania for Flying Medical Service, a partner of Wings of Hope, a charity based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.

Already, she has logged more than 430 hours flying a Cessna 206 for the service.

Last week, Klarich was back in St. Louis to visit family and to qualify for her commercial pilot's license. "But the weather didn't want to cooperate," she said.

Klarich is the daughter of David and Cheryl Klarich. Her father, a lawyer, spent two terms in both the Missouri House and the Senate. She is the granddaughter of Jan Klarich, a Republican activist in St. Louis County. She, an older sister and three younger brothers grew up in the Ballwin area. …

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