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Terry Fiala     (Colorado)

Terry Fiala (Colorado)

Terry Fiala is based at KAPA, Centennial Airport, Denver, Colorado. I love living in Colorado, hiking and playing agility with my dogs Rudder and Turbo, playing tennis, and of course flying. I’ve been fortunate to have many flying adventures since I earned my PPL in 20... Read More »

Christina Tindle     (Idaho)

Christina Tindle (Idaho)

Welcome back to LadiesLoveTaildraggers Christina! Christina Tindle took a time-out from flying while she was dealing with life but she’s back and rockin the world again. Christina is based at KSUN, Friedman Memorial Airport, Hailey, Idaho. I earned my pilot’s cer... Read More »

2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in!

The countdown’s begun for our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in. Follow the links to all the fly-in details!



Look out Texas, here we come! The 2015 LLT Fly-in runs Friday, May 29 till Sunday, May 31 at KSLR, Sulphur Springs, TX. Everyone welcome but pre-registration required.  

2015 Texas Fly-in Details & Registration

Our Mission

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
Itinerary LLT Sulphur Springs Fly-in/Splash-in

Itinerary LLT Sulphur Springs Fly-in/Splash-in

ITINERARY LadiesLoveTaildraggers Texas Fly-in/Splash-in 2015 May 28 – May 31, 2015 KSLR Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport Early Arrivals, Thursday, May 28 – Beat the crowd! Fly in and set up camp or check into your motel – Breakfast & Lunch available till 2 pm across the street... Read More »

Vicki Coles     (Washington)

Vicki Coles (Washington)

Vicki Coles is based at KVUO, Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, Washington. My first flying lesson was in 1975 in a Taylorcraft at Evergreen Field, Vancouver, WA. I soloed in the Taylorcraft and then “moved on” to the Aeronca Champ. (One didn’t “move UP” to the C150 unt... Read More »

Lara Gaerte     (Indiana)

Lara Gaerte (Indiana)

Lara Gaerte is based at KGWB, De Kalb County Airport, Auburn, Indiana. I’ve been a taildragger pilot (and a CFI) for nearly 20 years. I kept current in rented/borrowed aircraft for much of that time, although the tailwheel rentals in our area are becoming more scarce. I gave my husband his tai... Read More »


If you’re a woman who would like to join you only need recorded flying time in a tailwheel aircraft. We love student pilots!

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Help Stamp Out Nosewheels!!

Help Stamp Out Nosewheels!!

How does a young woman who loves to fly, and REALLY wants to fly a taildragger, come up with the bucks to pay for it? It can be tough and extra money to spend on flying lessons can be hard to come by. In this case the answer lies with Jessica Voruda who is proving that thinking outside-the-box can p... Read More »

Vlad Karpayev: RV-9A builder and so much more

Vlad Karpayev: RV-9A builder and so much more

Pilots are the most resourceful and coolest people I know. Believe it or not, some of them are even men!   (5 minutes published and I’ve already heard I’m “male-bashing”. FYI men, 2 back-to-back posts about men on LadiesLoveTaildraggers.) “Resourceful?”  “Co... Read More »

“This is why you should get your pilot’s license”, Swayne Martin

“This is why you should get your pilot’s license”, Swayne Martin

Here’s a video by Swayne Martin that totally rocks! This high school senior shows us all “This is why you should get your pilot’s license! A year in the life of a private pilot.” Great music and awesome to the max! Live it! Do it! Fly it! Get out there people, none of us are ... Read More »

Rhonda Ellisor     (Texas)

Rhonda Ellisor (Texas)

Rhonda Ellisor is based at Sandy Creek, an uncharted grass strip between Huntsville and Conroe, Texas, I am a student pilot that is learning in my very own 1954 Cessna 170. I also have quite a few hours in my instructor/boyfriend’s Cessna 185, L-19 Bird Dog and his beautiful 1960 Beech G18. He... Read More »

Dawn Wavle Rogers     (Kansas)

Dawn Wavle Rogers (Kansas)

Dawn Rogers and her husband are based at their uncharted grass strip south of Wichita, Kansas. I have been flying since 2007. My husband Ross Rogers and I live on our own grass strip south of Wichita (uncharted). We have a Cessna 140 and a 172. Last fall we bought a Stearman. I’m looking forwa... Read More »

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Sun 'n Fun people, I'm still hoping to meet as many taildraggin' people as I can next week. My ride's gonna be a yellow and blue RV7 instead of my Rans S7. It will be parked in "Homebuilts" with a LadiesLoveTaildraggers banner on it so stop by. A friend just called and offered to haul some LLT tshirts down so I'm taking him up on it. Look me up if you'd like one. Hope to see you at the Friday WIA lunch! ... See MoreSee Less

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Brian LansburghWish I could be there. The kids and I have a lot of history at Sun n' Fun. Have a great time!4 hours ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerThanks Brian. I WILL meet you live and in person one day. I promise to have enough fun at Sun n Fun for the both of us!4 hours ago
Brian LansburghThanks, Judy! I'm looking forward to that!4 hours ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerI will be there Wed am airplane will be there on Monday in Vintage Can't wait to meet you all!2 hours ago

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I had a breakthrough today and started nailing my wheel landings! YESSS! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lisa KienholzCongratulations Terry Fiala2 days ago   ·  1
Jennifer L SchindeldeckerYahoo!!!2 days ago   ·  1
CloudDancer SezDoan THAT feel GRATE!!2 days ago   ·  1
Terry FialaED Roo, it was finding the combination of "fly across the runway", getting used to the sight picture, patience, and tiny adjustments. You know, getting the "feel" of it! Very different from landing my big heavy C182.2 days ago   ·  1
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Ladies, I'm walking the fence about Hedy Schaeffer Kunstmann selling aviation jewelry in our group. Is it something we want to allow? She was nice enough to ask permission a few days ago but I didn't respond. Your choice? ... See MoreSee Less

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Ginny StrombergIf it was a one time thing okay let it slide but I see she has made at least two posts... So no. It's soliciting...4 days ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightI'd prefer not selling items.4 days ago   ·  2
Hedy Schaeffer KunstmannOh, sorry, Judy. I didn't recall that you didn't respond; if I'd remembered I'd have waited before posting anything. Actually I only have these two albums. Of course, I'll happily abide by your decision. Again, my apologies.4 days ago   ·  2
Wendy LessigYes. Why not? It's relevant to the event4 days ago   ·  2
Robin HadfieldNo. I belong to several other groups with a strict no selling policy - if someone wants to start their own selling group for aviation themed items, fine, that is where it should be posted, but not on this group. It would open the floodgates - if she does it, then I can too.4 days ago   ·  2
Wendy LessigSeriously??! How much more relevant can it get? Women + taildraggers + aviation jewelry. You're not obligated to buy any jewelry. Next thing you know, selling Avgas at a LLT fly-in will be outlawed.4 days ago   ·  6
Susan JohnsonIt doesn't bother me. But than again where do you draw the line.4 days ago   ·  1
Barbe S ParkI'd rather not see it. Thank you for asking.4 days ago   ·  1
Judy McCarthyMaybe a link to her website would be better, those who are interested could just click the link. Those who are not interested would not be bothered. Thank you for asking.4 days ago   ·  4
Judy BirchlerHedy Schaeffer Kunstmann, it sounds like most of the ladies prefer not to see advertising on our group wall. Thank you for understanding.4 days ago   ·  1
Hedy Schaeffer KunstmannOf course; but I'll still be glad to see your group info that appears on my page; really fun stuff! Happy flying.4 days ago   ·  2
Sharon TinklerI agree with Wendy Lessig. It's aviation jewelry. But a compromise would be to have a link to her website so that we can choose to go there.4 days ago
Chris MarshallOther groups I belong to have a dedicated community Buy-Sell-Trade forum for this purpose.4 days ago   ·  1
Anne Scheer WrightI like the link idea.4 days ago   ·  1
Kelly Poetzman JeffriesI like a link to the page.4 days ago   ·  1
Thomas Michael EdmondsonOur groups allow them to be vendor at events with percentage of sales to org. Win win that way.4 days ago   ·  2
Katie ToffoloIn all of my Jeep groups we experience people soliciting and it kinda gets in the way and makes for a bad environment eventually. I personally don't care on this topic, but from my experience this what happened. The way the admins solved this issue was by making a parts page. Where someone either posed their services, or products for sale. It ended up being a great way for it to differentiated, in addition to allowing people to selling their goods. They created a 'pinned' post on the main page at first linking to the other page for the parts and services. Just an idea!4 days ago   ·  2
Jb TerralThank you Thomas that was also going to be my suggestion - with the link idea possibly doing the sane for our scholarship4 days ago   ·  1
Katie Braunprefer not to see advertising on our group wall3 days ago   ·  1
Vicki ColesThere are other avenues for marketing.3 hours ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerI rather not see advertising. But as said before a link would be ok2 hours ago

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Hedy Schaeffer Kunstmann shared Some Enchanted Earrings's album to the group: Ladies Love Taildraggers. ... See MoreSee Less

Think airborne with these enameled jet plane earrings. Click on the picture and the right-hand arrow for detailed info. Add $2.32 First Class Mail shipping to USA unless we're local (NE Pa/N.Wayne County) and can meet. Questions or to order send message. PayPal, please. Many thanks for looking.

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Gunnar Kaysshe is. Is she in flight training to set up to be a pilot in Air Force?2 days ago
Diana Bosley LeSueurShe is a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. She's in high school.2 days ago
Gunnar KaysI got our girls up in planes as I did at age 9. Fine world aloft. I wanted them to be nervy and smart.2 days ago   ·  1

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Captain Katie Higgins is flying into history this weekend as she takes to the skies as the first female pilot in the 69 year history of the Blue Angels! At the Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina, she will fly publicly for the first time as an official member of the US Navy's elite flight squadron which performs spectacular air demonstrations for 11 million spectators each year. For the Maryland native, being an aviation trailblazer and role model is an honor: "if that is inspiring to people, if that's inspiring to little girls around the country, then I'm doing my job." A Marine Corps Captain and Naval Academy graduate, Higgins is a third-generation military aviator whose inspiration to fly first came from her father who was an F-18 Hornet pilot. She's excited about the prospect of inspiring the next generation: "I think by including a lady on the team, that just shows little girls and guys that women can do whatever they put their mind to. Little girls have told me that they didn't even know that ladies could fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit." Now with Captain Higgins in the pilot seat and performing the famous Blue Angels flying maneuvers, Mighty Girls everywhere will see that there are no limits to their dreams of flying high! To read more about Captain Higgins' story on CBS, visit For a fantastic picture book about a young girl who wants to build a flying machine, we highly recommend "Rosie Revere, Engineer" for ages 4 to 9 at If your Mighty Girl wants to become a pilot or you'd like to encourage her interest in flight, check out our blog post, "Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Pilot!" for girl-empowering books, toys, and clothing at For many books about fellow aviation trailblazer Amelia Earhart, visit our "Amelia Earhart Collection" at And, for a variety of fictional and biographical books about girls and women who love to fly, visit our "Planes" section at

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Ginny Strombergabout time!!6 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerAwesome Capt Higgins. Congratulations. Hard work and determination do pay off!6 days ago
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Kathy Johnson DavisYou're an inspiration for all. Congratulations! Blue Skies!3 days ago

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