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An Adventure Memoir to Warm the Soul

A Shy Girl Breaks the Rules

Dream Take Flight is about a young girl overcoming shyness as she pushes back on the conventional roles for females in the 1960s. An admitted tomboy, she didn’t understand why she couldn’t take shop class or be a mechanic.

“At the time, I didn’t realize I was off the beaten path for girls. That’s probably what gave me the courage to persevere,” says Lisa.

Lisa ended up building an airplane in her garage at the age of 45. Her family thought she was crazy, and said so. In the years that followed, the airplane brought Lisa the confidence she was searching for. Both a physical and spiritual journey, a 4,000 mile solo in the airplane brings adventure and triumph.

Lisa provides a bonus for readers at the end of her story. Realizing that others may want to use the same tools that she did, Lisa provides an easy to follow blueprint for discovering life purpose and setting goals. It doesn’t have to be an airplane!

“I wrote the book hoping to touch lives and encourage men and women of all ages to reach inside to what they love to do and embrace it. In a world of much negativism I wanted to provide a story that was renewing and uplifting.”

Lisa Turner flies her Pulsar near a cloud bank

Lisa Turner flies her Pulsar near a cloud bank

what readers are saying about dream take flight

"A tale of courage, iron will and pure grit, Lisa Turner’s journey from dream to reality does not disappoint. It’s the great American story with a twist, and an inspiration to young people -- especially young women-- everywhere.”


 - Granville Toogood is a best-selling author of six books, winner of the 2017 McGraw-Hill Classics Special Edition award, a former NBC Today Show News producer, Life Magazine writer, speaker, and top executive coach. 

"A well-written story of perseverance in the pursuit of flight! Turner shares her lifelong motivation to build and fly, showing us all that the dream is worth chasing."



- Paul Dye, NASA Lead Flight Director, Space Shuttle Operations; Editor in Chief, Kitplanes Magazine

"This charming, fast-moving book, Dream Take Flight, is full of ideas, insights and inspirations that will take you to a higher plane of thinking."



– Brian Tracy, author of over 70 books and the Psychology of Achievement program, all best sellers sold across the globe in 28 languages.


 Lisa Turner is a former aerospace manufacturing engineer who is now a freelance columnist for Sport Aviation and KITPLANES magazines. Lisa is also the home improvement columnist for the Clay County Progress, the local newspaper in Hayesville, North Carolina.

Lisa has published two books, both available on Amazon. The first is the Team Steps Guide to Effective Problem Solving: A Step by Step Process to Turn Problems into Solutions (2015), and House Keys: The Essential Homeowner’s Guide (2017). 

Unconventional in her choice of careers, Lisa has worked as a finish carpenter on high rise construction, run her own bicycle shop, started and ran a business consultancy, was the Chief Training Officer for Tyco Fire and Security Services, and is FAA licensed as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

Lisa and her husband, Jerry Stadtmiller, run an antique airplane restoration facility in Andrews, North Carolina, called BIPE, which stands for "biplane."                        SEE MORE INFO ON MEDIA PAGE


the audiobook has landed!

Lisa Turner now has an audiobook version of her bestseller Dream Take Flight!

More comments from readers:

“Turner writes with poetic imagery and humility, fulfilling our longing to find meaning and purpose through self-discovery.”

– Dr. Sandy Nelson, Career Coach 

“In addition to a rip roaring, page-turning adventure, Turner gives us a road map at the end of the book to channel the passion and excitement that you will surely have when you finish the story – go start your own big dream!” 

– Theo Healey, Aerospace and Physics Instructor

“Want a thrilling, feel-good read? Buy this book!” 

– Justin Griffin, Pilot and FAA Airframe and Powerplant Technician

“Lisa takes us on an exhilarating flight through life . . . in a world full of bad news, this book brings good news and will leave you feeling uplifted and renewed.” – Kevin Murphy 


about your bonus gifts

The Best of House Keys 2018



House Keys: Best of 2018 Tips and Tricks from a Female Home Inspector

Bestselling author and book award winner Lisa Turner has compiled the best articles from her home improvement column in 2018 and assembled them in a book for you. Lisa’s articles are short and to the point and cover tricks for easy decluttering, myths about home inspection, home safety, secret hiding places for valuables, latest gadgets and whether you should buy them, custom home building mistakes, and whether to get extended warranties or not.

Goal Setting: The 8 Myths



In this bonus article, former Life Coach Lisa Turner explains the eight myths of goal setting and why people are not reaching their goals. Using the wrong methods to set your goals will keep you mired in quicksand and unable to make progress. In this short but tricks packed pdf you will learn how to get unstuck and reach your goals.

How to Take and Pass a Test



In this bonus article, former Life Coach Lisa Turner explains the tricks to passing tests. Throughout life we are faced with tests and exams, from school to certifications to licensing – if you are one of those people who freezes up at the thought of an exam, read this article. Lisa learned the hard way and now aces tests with ease. Let her share proven secrets with you for taking and passing tests the first time through, and producing calm and confidence.

WPTV Channel 5 News 1997

Twenty years ago Lisa built an airplane in the garage. WPTV Channel 5 was there.


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