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BlueTales, JetBlue, Sister Sister! A Pair of Siblings share the Cockpit

BlueTales, JetBlue, Sister Sister! A Pair of Siblings share the Cockpit

Here’s a cool story from the latest JetBlue online publication “BlueTales”. Sisters Pia and Anna-Maria Kymalainen who both fly for JetBlue Airlines were recently paired together for a first-of-a-kind flight in JetBlue’s history – Pia as Captain ... Read More »

Welcome new Facebook Members!

Welcome new Facebook Members!

It’s always fun seeing the membership numbers climb in our Facebook LadiesLoveTaildraggers group. We continue to grow by leaps and bounds in both Facebook and Twitter, a sure sign of general aviation’s interest in flying the kind of planes we love – taildra... Read More »

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To encourage women everywhere to have fun flying taildraggers!

This blog isn’t about ratings, hours in the logbook or owning an award winning airplane. It is about flying taildraggers just for the fun of it. We introduce ladies to aviation and encourage women (and men) to join the wonderful world of conventional aircraft!

Lady tailwheel pilots around the world
Ebay: Passion or Disease?

Ebay: Passion or Disease?

Beware of Ebay. I speak from experience when I say it can be addictive. I know that because of what you see in the picture. You may wonder what it is and there was a time when I had no idea myself. I discovered “them” on Ebay a number of years ago and now have a full blown collection. I&... Read More »

Judy’s 10 Best Christmas Gift Ideas….under $50

Judy’s 10 Best Christmas Gift Ideas….under $50

The clock is ticking away and Christmas morning will be here before you know it. Time to kick it into high gear if you want to find that special gift! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that, with a little luck, you still might be able to get in time! #1 Custom Watch. Download your own ... Read More »

First Time Carrier Landing

First Time Carrier Landing

If you’ve ever landed a taildragger on a postage size spit of land, you’ll get this video. So maybe not a taildragger but bet you’d get a rush when the tower calls you down for your landing! Get it down? Great – but is it going to stop?! I watched and felt like I was right th... Read More »


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Kelli Hughes     (Texas)

Kelli Hughes (Texas)

Kelli Hughes is based at XA99, Flat Bush Airport, Decatur, Texas. I am an airline captain flying the 767 out of DFW. Thou I do not own a conventional gear bird, that fact doesn’t make me love then less, I love them more! I’ve been at the controls of all sorts of taildraggers – Cess... Read More »

Allison Hoyt: Van’s Aircraft 2015 Calendar

Allison Hoyt: Van’s Aircraft 2015 Calendar

Pretty cool. An awesome picture of Allison Hoyt applying lipstick made the rear cover of the 2015 Van’s Aircraft calendar. I love it! “I made it onto an airplane calendar! WITH all my clothes on! (Hat tip to Matt Steward  for the photo and Don Short for the very shiny airplane.)” A... Read More »

Cheryl Pitzer     (Texas)

Cheryl Pitzer (Texas)

Cheryl Pitzer, KLNC Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, Texas. Hello! For fun, I fly my Husky A1B N444HY – known as “Hell Yeah” by our friends and my husband’s Pitts S2B. We live just NE of the Dallas/ FT Worth area and have a grass strip in our pasture. For work at FedEx ... Read More »

Claudia Espinola     (Brazil)

Claudia Espinola (Brazil)

Claudia Espinola is based at SNLG, Serra Do Clipo Airport, São Paulo, Brazil. Hello! my name is Cláudia and I’m in love with airplanes since I was a little girl! I’m a flight attendant and private pilot. I’ve learnt to fly on a aeroboero, a taildragger from Argentina. In Brazil we ... Read More »

And the Selfie Contest Winner Is……..

And the Selfie Contest Winner Is……..

You have voted and Amber Phillips from Idaho is the winner! Not only is her picture fantastic but her caption is a winner too; “squirreling around” — “nutty friends” — “Chipmunk”, you gotta love it! Amber will have to tell us if this was one lucky shot... Read More »

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Tonight, I got to visit with the first taildragger that ever had my heart:: the mighty mighty C-49! ... See MoreSee Less

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Working on this beauty of a 1946 Piper Cub Super Cruiser this winter. :) (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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LD JeffriesMe and my Snoogie in the early days.18 hours ago
Clau MeloSoooo sweet! :)12 hours ago
LD JeffriesWe have swapped seats but she's still the Captain!12 hours ago   ·  1

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Here is an update on 8713K the wings are done and the ecofill is on them and this morning I primed them and they are ready to put the top coat on and the red and blue stripes (7 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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This was shared in a group I'm in... wanted to pass the fun along. Wish I knew the author... this is great!! Merry Christmas!!

***Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care,
In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I’d have sworn that the call sign he used was “St. Nick”.
I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.

He called his position, no room for denial,
“St. Nicholas One, turnin’ left onto final.”
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!

With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
“Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!” What pills was he takin’?

While controllers were sittin’, and scratchin’ their head,
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
“When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower.”

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard “Left at Charlie,” and “Taxi to parking.”
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh
And stopped on the ramp with a “Ho, ho-ho-ho. ”

He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn’t inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster’s belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to “fill it, with hundred low-lead.”
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin’ the sump.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, “Clear!”

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
“Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot’s discretion”

He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
“Your traffic’s a Grumman, inbound from the west.”
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed thru the night,
“Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight.”**
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Bill TracyMerry Christmas2 days ago
Joe WalkerVery cool! Merry Christmas2 days ago
Piper MorisenMerry Christmas and Love it!2 days ago
Diana Bosley LeSueurThat is Awesome!! I wish I had this for our hangar Christmas party last week!! Thanks for sharing!2 days ago
Deni WhitsittLove this!2 days ago

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Can somebody tell me if a CFI, who has to have far more experience, is automatically a "Sport CFI"? In other words, can any CFI sign off a sport pilot? ... See MoreSee Less

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Julie HartlaubI believe that is correct.3 days ago   ·  1
Mary BuildThey can. However, in order to fly in a tailwheel plane, they obviously will have to have a tailwheel endorsement themselves. The requirements for a Sport Pilot Rating are less than a Private Pilot.3 days ago   ·  1
Lisa MartinYes. But examiners for a Light Sport checkride are hard to come by.3 days ago   ·  1
Mary BuildThe same holds true for examiners. I'm one of them.3 days ago
Dennis LongYes Judy they can do your BFR. Guess this was meant for your use.3 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerRuthie Wells you need to get in this conversation. Is it an examiner that you're having trouble finding or a Light Sport CFI?3 days ago
Ruthie WellsA LSA cfi. I have a list of dpe's3 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerNo, I'm good Dennis. There's a gal in Indy who is considering going to Louisville KY to find a Light Sport CFI.3 days ago
Sarah Ellerman DickersonYes.3 days ago   ·  1
Mary BuildAgain, any CFI can teach Light Sport. Finding a CFI that can only teach Light Sport may be difficult. Have fun!3 days ago   ·  3
Piper MorisenIt was my understanding that you had to have a Sport instructor privilege to teach LSA. But, I'm looking it up now.3 days ago
Mary BuildI think not, but I will check with the FSDO tomorrow.3 days ago
Rich DuggerI will be curious to hear what they come back with but a CFI can teach to the PPL level or he can teach to the SP level only. By contrast a while back there was some static that arose from students taking instruction from an SP instructor then wanting to go on and get his PPL. There was some fuss raised about his SP instruction time not being applicable to a PPL, believe it or not. Stupid of course but remember who we are dealing with here. So, I am coming down on the side of the fence that says CFI can teach and sign off anything for a SP student.3 days ago   ·  1
Peg BallouShort answer is yes.3 days ago   ·  3
Peg BallouThe missing pieces from Sport to ppl can be gained later.3 days ago   ·  1
Kaitlin Mroz61.193 (a) & (b) should clear it up. Looks like a solid yes3 days ago   ·  2
Peg BallouCfis can also teach recreational, as well as sport, private and commercial.3 days ago   ·  1
Kaitlin MrozAs well as training to be applied to an ATP3 days ago
Judy BirchlerWe're talking category (aircraft) vs. type aircraft. OK. Thank you all.3 days ago   ·  1
Laura K. StantsAgain, just to reiterate, yes, any regular CFI can teach a Sport Pilot. We do it in our Champs and J-3 out of Westfield and Glenndale, just had a Sport Pilot pass a checkride less than a month ago. A Sport Pilot CFI however can only provide training to a Sport Pilot student. (Well, it will only count towards a Sport Pilot Certificate, I should say.)3 days ago   ·  1
Joe WalkerYep3 days ago
Laura K. StantsTo be clear, if a person gets their Sport Pilot license from a Sport Pilot only CFI, they cannot then count that time towards their Private Pilot certificate. The requirements to be a Sport Pilot CFI vs a regular CFI are much more lax. So if someone is thinking of starting with Sport and moving on to Private, they need to make sure they're with a regular CFI. If they want Sport and only Sport, then the Sport CFI is fine and dandy...3 days ago   ·  2
Kaitlin Mroz^ cannot count the dual towards dual required for a private ticket.... other flight times accrued should apply (ex, total)3 days ago   ·  1

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1946 piper j3 c65 cub for sale 2500 ttaf 500 smoh. Sealed struts, new bungees message me for more info . (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerI'm always astounded when I see a '46, etc. airplane with 2500 TTAF. I believe it, just can't imagine why somebody wasn't out there flying it the last 68 years. At least my Champ had over 11,000 hours on it when I sold it.3 days ago   ·  2
Dennis LongHow much of that was yours?3 days ago
Mark Paul200 hrs3 days ago
Judy BirchlerI3 days ago
Judy BirchlerI'd like to say 10K but I had it less than 3 years. The real hours were put on by a flight school in Tennessee. They were doing 100 hour inspections every 2.5 weeks.3 days ago   ·  1
Tamara Latimer GriffithMany due to one incident or another end up in parts in a barn keepin the time low, then spend a lot trying to get restored.3 days ago

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I was just on the Spencer Aircraft website (buying a few door prizes for your 2015 lady fly-in events for Judy Birchler to raise $$$) and wanted you all to know about this very cool ===MUST HAVE=== t-shirt they have on their website.

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Judy BirchlerSeriously? You are just amazing. You are buying door prizes?! And yes, love the tshirt. Can't wait for Texas 2015!!5 days ago
Thomas Michael EdmondsonJudy Birchler - "Happy Retail" ho ho ho. Saw a few "lady pilot" items and thought, "Now that would be something they would like at their raffle/prize table and can use." Glad to do it, you know that. Happy 2015 kid!5 days ago   ·  2
Carri HoaglandI just bought one. Thanks Tom.5 days ago   ·  1
Thomas Michael EdmondsonPerfect shirts to where around AirVenture to see reactions as they read it. I love it and glad you all do.4 days ago   ·  1
Thomas Michael EdmondsonI worked for Ozark Airlines and glad to have witnessed the day our first woman pilot walked on the flight I was boarding passengers on and I met her. Then I had another flight and another 'first' and it was a complete female crew and everybody loved it and taking photos with them. Ohhhhh, the good OLD days.4 days ago   ·  1
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Nan SeguraI want one !! But a blue one ho ho ho4 days ago

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Anne Scheer WrightMine is automatically renewed every year.1 week ago   ·  1
Lindsay Petrei want it!1 week ago
Jeanette HibpshmanMy dream plane!1 week ago

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