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You’re invited to two upcoming Kansas Fly-ins!

You’re invited to two upcoming Kansas Fly-ins!

I’m partial to the state of Kansas right now, probably because I just returned from a quick but awesome trip there. While bumping shoulders in Kansas, I was asked to invite you, your families & friends to two fly-ins, both the same September Saturday. Take in one o... Read More »

Best Summer Flying Photo Contest Winner is …… Bailey Billen

Best Summer Flying Photo Contest Winner is …… Bailey Billen

Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures to our summer photo contest. I received some awesome entries! They were good but the hands-down winner of our LadiesLoveTaildraggers “Best Summer Flying Photo Contest” is….. Bailey Billen! You can see Bailey exit... 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
Debbie Cheney     (California)

Debbie Cheney (California)

Debbie Cheney is based at KRIR, Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. First date with my now husband 35 years ago was watching him do touch and goes after getting his ticket. After buying our Cessna 180, I too fell in love with flying. I received my license in 2009 and bought the Cessna 140 as my t... Read More »

MO9 Kingsley Airfield

MO9 Kingsley Airfield

I stopped at a little airfield yesterday I recommend every pilot add to their ‘Must Fly’ list, MO9, Kingsley Airfield. It was an awesome visit on every level; grass, restaurant, good food, great people and hangars stuffed with great airplanes. Thank you to Sarah Ellerman Dickerson for in... Read More »

Me? Fly a Lear 45 Sim? You bet!

Me? Fly a Lear 45 Sim? You bet!

I am cramming more than is humanly possible into this short little impromptu adventure I’m on. I mean, really, how is it even possible that I get an invitation to fly a Lear 45 sim while I’m in Wichita?! I don’t know the answer but I do know that Jerry Griggs, the director of stand... Read More »

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It’s a long way to Wichita!

It’s a long way to Wichita!

Woohoo! I made it Wichita, Kansas… my mid-flight, on-the-fly, change in destination. Gone less than one day and I’ve already discovered a few things. Never trust what you see on the internet – MAKE THE PHONE CALL.  My original destination for tonight was the Beaumont Hotel, Beaumon... Read More »

Danielle Rentsch     (Switzerland)

Danielle Rentsch (Switzerland)

Danielle Rentsch is based at FYOM, Omaruru, Namibia and Switzerland. I have a wonderful Travel Air 4000 from 1929. The Travel Air home is Namibia, wonderful country to fly. I started Taildragger flying on a Super Cub and I am still in love with those airplanes. A lot of my hours took place in a Supe... Read More »

Gone flying!

Gone flying!

I need to fly somewhere….anywhere…. really bad. I’ve been playing with the idea of a solo cross-country for a while just waiting for the right time to happen. Right now, my Rans S7 is fueled up, windows cleaned and packed with my stuff. I will soon be on my way! So where am I going... Read More »

Heidi Stoeppler, “Flying my Taylorcraft”

Heidi Stoeppler, “Flying my Taylorcraft”

Thanks to Heidi Stoeppler for sending in some great summer flying shots and a description of the fun she’s having in her Taylorcraft. Keep it up Heidi, you’re an inspiration! I flew out to Hot Springs, SD from Fort Benton, MT to start my shift loading SEATs for the summer. That was an ad... Read More »

Flying Gif’s NOT to be Missed!

Flying Gif’s NOT to be Missed!

Just for you, my personal stash of favorite animated gifs!   Read More »

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Hello , would like to invite you again to are annual Kamikaze FLY-IN , Sept 26th ,27th , Come enjoy a good ole Southern Fly-IN, Camping good food Live music Saturday night, Be sure to bring your camping gear plenty of room for that , looking forward to seeing you there !!! Arkavalley Airpark , Check it out in Fly ins .com are EAA Greenbrier AR 72058

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*FLYIN* (12A) Arkavalley Airport (Greenbrier, AR.) September 26-27 Open to all aircraft, We hope to have over 100 aircraft, A band playing Saturday night, Food on the grounds. hotels in conway, restaurants within walking distance (outback steak house, ruby tues. and more ) Transportation will be provided at no charge from grounds to hotel. No fuel on grounds but conway 3 miles south for fuel needs.. you can camp out as well if you wish...come and fly with us ladies!!!! A planned back country fly out will take place 9:00am sat morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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PILOTS: I need some help please. Flew the Citabria with my father this morning. I'm having a really hard time reaching the rudder pedals and using the heel break at the same time. Doing turns on the ground Im using the tips of my toes to make the turn while keeping my heel on the brake. Does anyone know if any kind of extensions made to help with this problem? The brake and the pedals are separate in this aircraft. I did put a cushion in the seat and that helps a little but I'm still struggling reaching the brake and the pedal at the same time to make turns and I'm only able to push the rudder pedal all the way in using my toes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Chris FaheyThe only real thing you could easily do is a thicker back cushion. I'm not sure of your instillation, it might be possible to have a mechanic adjust the pedals closer?

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Piper AlaskaHi Kayla. Am very short myself and struggle with this. I use multiple cushions. I know it is a pain but works for me. Experiment urself. I have finally figured out the vision and boot combo that perfect. Luck to u. Blue skies

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Kayla Segerstrom PerezThe seat and the pedals are non adjustable. I did call a friend who works on these aircraft and hes looking into it too. I just need longer legs and bigger feet LOL

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Kayla Segerstrom PerezThank you Piper Alaska! I was wearing tennis shoes Im going to try wearing my boots and see if that helps.

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Piper AlaskaYes it does!!!! When I wear my tennies I am challenged also

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Scott SewellI do not know of any mods for that airplane for the brakes. Being a certified airplane you can not legally just change stuff. Well for bigger feet , l have some size 11 Chuck Taylors l could send you and you could stuff the toes with paper. Boots might help just make sure they do not have the slick plastic heels.

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John HaydenI had the same issue. It was so bothersome that I didn't buy a Citabria.

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Chris FaheyMy former T-6 had served in the Japanese AF in the 50s and 60s they put an extension behind the seat mount to move the seat forward 3in. That would be a bit of an expense! And maybe hurt resale.

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Kayla Segerstrom PerezIm transitioning from being a student in Rotors to Fixed Wing and I was very comfortable with the tail rotor pedals (totally different functions between the two) and I was just hoping that there was some option for helping me feel a little more at ease reaching them. Im going to try the boots and a different cushion. Thank you!

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Dave ShallbetterYou could try spending a few hours getting stretched on the rack, that might make it easier to reach the rudder pedals. Joking!

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Lisa MartinKick in full rudder, to swing the wheel, then transition to the brake. My Cub is a longer reach than my Citabria and in it I had to switch to my toes on the brakes to hold for run up or to come to a complete stop on roll out, until we put better brakes lines in. Also, when slow on the ground, scrunch down in the seat and brace your mid back against the seat so you don't get pushed up the seat.

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Laura LasterThe Citabrias we use for primary flight training where I work at LeTourneau University have toe brakes, so this is maybe not so helpful, but we have had some good success with specific cushions with wood added behind them (in a pocket on the back) and that can add some rigidity that is needed. We've got 6 of these great airplanes and both taller & shorter students flying them. Although I think a major problem in flight training is cockpit fit for students who aren't the "average size" as determined by the airplane manufacturer. Please PM me for more ideas on Citabrias if you want to!

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Kaitlin MrozCareful with cushions as they compress under acceleration. Use something decently firm so the reach you think you have on the ground doesn't disappear on the takeoff roll

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Laura Bowman HansenI'm short too! 5'2 lol

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Jim DensmoreI feel for you. My Mom flew our Cessna 180 at 5'4", also a struggle, lots of pillows. No idea how Jerrie Mock did it at 5'0"! Can't help you on the Cibabria, unfortunately I'm not familiar. Good luck!

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Tanille Elaine DeLairI have used a square boat throw cushion behind my back in a few dif airplanes. They are firm, super light weight and will buy you 3-4 inches.

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Piper AlaskaHa ha that's what I got!!! It's perfect!!!

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Bronson MacDonaldDo they make rudder pedal extenders for the Citabria, like ones for many Cessna models? I use rudder pedal extenders when I fly a Cessna 185 tail wheel. I'm 5'3 and these have been a life saver. Best of luck.

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Lindsay KitsonI have a hard time reaching the pedals in the citabria too - I'm average height for a woman, but I have a long spine and short little legs :P I've heard of people getting lifts for their shoes to help with getting full rudder application for aerobatics - which was what I was having trouble with. Not sure if that would help with a plane where the rudder and the brakes are separate pedals.

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Susan Merrell SteinbacherI wear shoes with a built up sole (about 1.5 inches and this helps me quite a bit. I fly a champ and have the same issue with the turns on the ground

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Laura LasterTanille Elaine DeLair do you have specific brands of boat cushions? We have used the back cushion only from this product: www.sportys.com/pilotshop/pilot-s-elevator-cushion.html with a sturdy piece of plywood in the back pocket to help with the compressing cushion issue.

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Piper AlaskaThis is mine. Plus co pilot 😀

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Tanille Elaine DeLairI don't have a brand preference - and I've never had a need for plywood. Mine look like Piper Alaska's :) and that's a good looking copilot!

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Lori OlsonLook for cushions that are angled in front so it doesn't make the issue worse by lifting the back of your knees. If you get a cushion with a back cushion it will raise you up and push you forward. I love mine that I ordered from Oregon Aero: www.oregonaero.com/store/ecwid#!/Pilot-SoftSeat®-Portable-Seat-Cushion-Base-Lumbar-Combo/p/36183452/category=9337007

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Andrea ParkerAs was suggested before, rudder to get it turning, brake to tighten the turn once it's already on the way around. Plan on going left as often as practical for when you need tighter or quicker turns (like ramp maneuvering or parking). P factor is not to be underestimated, use it to your advantage!

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