"Come to the edge," Life said.
They said: "We are afraid."
"Come to the edge." Life said.
It pushed them...and they flew.
- Guillaume Apollinaire
MayCay Beeler is a vivacious American world record breaking pilot, award-winning TV Personality, FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and dynamic veteran journalist with a passion for all things flying. She is a champion of aviation who takes great pride in shouting the joy that a woman's place is in the cockpit.
Born in our Nation's Capitol, MayCay grew up in the Washington Metropolitan 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 professional 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 for 30 years and counting. In addition to her show hosting roles, MayCay has anchored and reported TV News for Charlotte area stations including CableNews2/WBTV, and WCCB-TV FOX 18. Readers of a local newspaper there named MayCay their "Favorite TV/Radio Personality" in an area "Best of" poll. Additionally, MayCay has worked as a TV News Weather Anchor for the ABC and NBC-TV network affiliates in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
MayCay's knowledge of weather comes first hand from her flying experience. She is a licensed Commercial Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot, and active FAA Certified Flight Instructor. She holds 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 pilot instructor traveling the nation for the Air Safety Foundation. MayCay is a former charter pilot and applicant in NASA's Journalist-in-Space Project. A champion of aviation, MayCay spreads the good word about flying through various reports and programs, and is an occasional emcee at air shows.
As an award-winning journalist, MayCay has produced numerous TV features on aviation, including her personal accounts of flying with General Chuck Yeager and the Voyager Crew. Her many adventures in television include initially learning to fly for a TV assignment, competing in an all-women's transcontinental air race, skydiving with the Navy Seals, and flying mock air combat over Southern California. MayCay has covered the great Cross-Canada Centennial of Flight International Air Rally as a Pilot/Journalist. She personally piloted two crash survivors back to the Bahamian island that, decades ago, nearly claimed their lives. Her account of this compelling true story featuring a legendary drug lord appears in the April 2004 edition of AOPA PILOT magazine, the world's most widely read flying publication. Her TV Documentary on this subject, "Return to Norman's Cay", is available on amazon.com. Norman's Cay was portrayed in the movie, BLOW, starring Johnny Depp.
MayCay's TV celebrity interviews include Mel Gibson and Oprah. On 9-11, MayCay appeared as an on-camera aviation consultant for WXII-TV, the NBC-TV affiliate in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to her aviation, TV journalism, and motherhood careers, MayCay is an actress and spokesperson who has appeared in hundreds of TV commercials spanning local to national coverage. She has traveled the world for her television work.
Currently, MayCay's work includes hosting/writing/producing half hour prime time TV special shows for CBS-TV affiliate WFMY NEWS 2. One of her favorite TV productions, The 2009 Summer Fun Guide, was nominated for an Emmy. MayCay has represented the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association as its News Anchor for AOPA LIVE, a program broadcasting coverage of AOPA's Aviation Summit in Long Beach, CA and Hartford, CT. AOPA is the nation's largest pilot organization.
MayCay loves flight instructing and flying passengers because she says it is a privilege to share the joy of flight with others. Her varied pilot duties include flying for law enforcement, serving as the Flight Instructor for the local Sheriff’s Department Air Support Unit. When not flying the airways, MayCay can be seen on the airwaves as a vibrant and spirited freelance TV Show Host and Commercial Spokeswoman.