Elaine was the first woman in Idaho to hold a commercial pilot rating and is enshrined in the Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame. She began flying in Boise in 1938 at the old Boise airport, the current site of Boise State University. She was an activist for women pilots, encouraging and mentoring women to get involved in aviation. She held a number of offices in aviation organizations here in Idaho as well as the northwest. In 2013 she was presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award from the Federal Aviation Administration.