Hey all you lady taildragger pilots, what and where are you flying this summer? It’s time we heard from you. If you’re like me and want to encourage other ladies to fly, and fly a taildragger, the best way to do it is through pictures and stories. Just seeing oth... Read More »
If you’re on Facebook, you may already know about my incident while attempting to depart my airport yesterday evening. I want to thank all my Facebook friends for your comments, especially your suggestions and recommendations. It’s pretty amazing that I can have ... Read More »
I am so excited I’m counting down the days till AirVenture! An army of volunteers are arriving at OSH and are already working hard, preparing for the onslaught of aviators soon to arrive. Half a million people, including LOTS of lady taildragger pilots, are about to co... Read More »
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, introducing more women to aviation and encouraging women (and men) to join the wonderful world of conventional aircraft! The only requirement is having recorded time flying a tailwheel aircraft. We love student pilots too!
Joyce Wilson is based at 4O4, Bogata, Texas. I’ve been flying for just over 7 years and am an instrument rated private pilot. I just got a 2005 Aviat Husky A1-B this year and built a 1200′ grass strip on our ranch. As a friend of mine said, it’s a little tight but it will keep the amateurs out. :-). I wanted to learn on a stick and rudder taildragger to help make me a better overall pilot. I also have a 2006 Cirrus SR-22 for those longer cross country trips. I just wish I would have had the opportunity to learn to fly when I ... Read More »
· · · – – – · · · HELP! Yes, seriously! I would like to find a few people willing to take on some pretty big tasks to help LadiesLoveTaildraggers continue to thrive and grow. They are very specific in nature and entail a lot of detail & follow through, but I’m guessing someone will come to my rescue. If you’re interested, please read on. First, I should give you a little LLT background information to kick this request off. When I started LadiesLoveTaildraggers a little over 5 years ago everything involved was pretty easy to mana... Read More »
Julie Benson is based at 6K5, Sisters Eagle Air Airport, Sisters, Oregon. I am currently a student pilot learning to fly a 1948 Cessna 140. I live in Sisters, Oregon. Every day I fly, I say to myself, “And I get to live here!” My husband and I own the Sisters Airport, and he has a Baron 58P twin which he uses for business. He has flown for many years, and now it’s my turn to learn. I finally carved some time out of my crazy schedule, and am well on my way. Our daughter Cammi also just soloed, right after her 16th birthday. So ... Read More »
Diana LeSueur from Arizona is our second Tailwheel Endorsement scholarship winner. Here is a portion from Diana’s application, answering the question “What made you want to learn to fly?” Twelve years ago, I was selected to develop an aviation themed program to introduce 5th grade students to S.T.E.M. After a lot of research, I custom designed a classroom that we call the Flight Center. It is equipped with flight training devices, mock cockpits, and other technology to allow students to apply their knowledge they learned in th... Read More »
What made you want to learn to fly? That was the first question we asked Elizabeth Heizler, and each of the ladies who applied for our “Ladies Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship”. We are sharing Elizabeth’s response to that question and think you’ll agree from her answer, she is a winner. Elizabeth won 1st place, one of two ladies who will receive tailwheel training from Brian Lansburgh in Bend, Oregon. Describing the ‘what brought me to want to learn to fly’ is a difficult question to answer succinctly. It wa... Read More »
The LadiesLoveTaildraggers Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship committee is excited to announce our winners! A panel of five LLT members including Katie Mullins, Val Thal-Slocum, Kelly Jeffries, Donna Guerin and Lynn Gardner were the team with the very difficult task of reviewing each of the applications and determining the winners. We received 40 entries, each with a unique story, all deserving of assistance. Kelly Jeffries stated it well when she wrote, “When I agreed to this task, I had no idea it would be so difficult. It was inspiring... Read More »
Lori Olson is based at Gillette-Campbell County Airport, Gillette, Wyoming. I spent many hours of my childhood in the backseat of a Cessna 180 and a PA-11 with my father as PIC. My earliest memories include landing on the dirt road close to my house, or the field behind our shelter belt. It wasn’t unusual for me to stare at my father’s profile from the backseat and think he was magic. Nothing else could explain his ability to take me soaring above the clouds. As the years passed, my brother got his license and became a CFI, and thre... Read More »