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Flying tragedy strikes Tahiti family

Flying tragedy strikes Tahiti family

Today is my first day back from a 17-day, whirlwind trip to New Zealand and Tahiti. I had an unbelievably good time, got to fly a Tiger Moth and a Supercub and spent 41 hours aloft commercially in A340’s, 737’s, A320’s & an ERJ 145. OK, the part about flying 41 hours in ... Read More »

I’m flying in New Zealand!!

I’m flying in New Zealand!!

I'm visiting the fine country of New Zealand, the land of wooly sheep, kiwi birds and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. New Zealand has it all; flat lands and snow-covered mountains, rolling hills, volcanic craters, wetlands and fiord lands, all snuggled between r... 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
Conny Paulusberger, Austria, Piper L-4

Conny Paulusberger, Austria, Piper L-4

Thank you to Conny Paulusberger from Austria for this short but oh-so-sweet lady taildragger pilot update. It´s amazing to see that so many other girls have so much fun at flying taildraggers! 😀 In 2015 I did my first flights on Piper L-4 at Airfield Spitzerberg.  It´s a fantastic airplane and I rea... Read More »

Jennifer Beck     (Australia)

Jennifer Beck (Australia)

Jennifer Beck is based at YGYM, Gympie Airport, Queensland, Australia. I first learnt to fly at the age of seventeen in Wollongong N.S.W. Australia, in a Australian designed Victa Airtourer. Actually, in March 2016, I will be celebrating fifty years since my first Solo. I had a long break from flyin... Read More »

Gail R. Jones     (Illinois)

Gail R. Jones (Illinois)

Gail R. Jones is based at KENW, Kenosha Regional Airport, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Currently I am a Captain with American Airlines, flying 737-800’s. In 1996, I married into an airplane family. My father-in-law (retired United pilot) owns a Piper Cub that I fly. I am also a tow pilot at Hinckley Ai... Read More »

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The Secret to Life: Taildragging

The Secret to Life: Taildragging

I declare, as the guru of ladies who love taildraggers, I get the most fascinating emails, Facebook messages and Tweets from the opposite sex. They are always entertaining and, when they appear, the funnest little treats. Generally they are charming, endearing and intriguing messages from men who vi... Read More »

Candice Wilson     (Washington)

Candice Wilson (Washington)

Candice Wilson is based at KNUW, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (Ault Field), Oak Harbor, Washington. I grew up living behind the Swift Museum at MMI in Athens, TN. My grandfather founded the organization and then passed his GC-1B Swift on to me last year. I’m currently a Navy pilot flying t... Read More »

Applications now being accepted for 2016 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarships

Applications now being accepted for 2016 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarships

  Lady pilots, it’s time to apply for the 2016 Ladies Love Taildraggers’ scholarships! Never flown a taildragger? Apply for the “Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship“. Love flying taildraggers but want to sharpen your skills? Apply for the “Stick & Rudder Master C... Read More »

Maribeth Dunlap     (Pennsylvania)

Maribeth Dunlap (Pennsylvania)

Maribeth Dunlap is based at N96, Bellefonte Airport, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania as well as KUNV, N16. I am so excited to find another group of amazing women. I am a Ninety-Niner, also. I grew up in an aviation family and I’ve been a pilot most of my life but I took a long break when I married an... Read More »

Kayleigh Bordner Pilot Update    (Indiana)

Kayleigh Bordner Pilot Update (Indiana)

I’m very happy to post this update about an awesome Indiana pilot, Kayleigh Bordner, who happens to be the future of aviation and ladies who love taildraggers. Kayleigh is currently based at HUF, Terre Haute-Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Indiana but look out world, Kayleigh is coming! I am 21 yea... Read More »

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My sweetie pie and I decided to take advantage of the clear skies, and mid sixties temperatures out here at the Far West Texas Sky Ranch, and practice up for Grilling season at fly-in's. We fired up the Mesquite Coals, threw on some steaks for everyone here, and VOILA, instant Spring BBQ. ... See MoreSee Less

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Niri TawäFINALLY got the darn photo to load. (15 minutes later)

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Varieze N1RZ was recently donated to the RAFM! Another milestone event. This particular Varieze is special to me because in 1984, my first trip to OSH I was walking around meeting as many of the hundreds of EZ owners that where there when I walked up to a gentleman leaning into the cockpit of his Varieze and said "Hey, you have my n-number!". His name was Robert Zahner and the n-number on his VE was N1RZ! Thank you so much Lynn Zahner for donating the airplane and allowing us to become its caretaker. Each and every one of these airplanes aren't pieces of history without the full story of the builder and flyers that go with them. Help us promote the bloodline of Burt Rutans' legacy homebuilts, the Varieze, LongEZ, VariViggen, Quickie, Defiant and Solitaire. We're collecting at least one flying example of these great airplanes and keeping them FLYING so the public can see they are still available to build, own and FLY! Please consider helping the RAFM with your donation to fund these projects, become a Sponsor an aircraft that you can fly or help us find aircraft that we can pair with Sponsors. N1RZ will be based in the Houston area and currently accepting Sponsors! Thank you! Ryszard Zadow, Pres. Rutan Aircraft Flying Museum ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerHi Lupita Wisener. Thank you for your help with air strips for our LLT flyin poker run! You and Bill Tracy and Yvette Tracy rock!

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Niri TawäWHEN is the Sulphur Springs Fly in again? I ned to mark my calanders NOW.

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Judy BirchlerJune 3-5, early arrival Thursday, June 2. Yes, register now!! www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com/our-2016-fly-in/

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Niri TawäThanks,Judy, it's on the Calendar, now we know when we need to leave here.

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Bill TracyAnd do arrive early. There are several aviation museums in the area

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Niri TawäWe plan to be there, tied down, the afternoon, of the first.

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This is for the first flight photo mentioned a while back. Judy Birchler, did you or your husband know him or his plane? This was at Speedway Airport ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerIs that seriously you? In 2007? This is cracking me up. No, I don't think either of us know him. I thought Speedway Airport closed way before then?

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Ruthie WellsSpeedway airport closed in 2002

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Kaitlin MrozI think this was 2000... That was my Class tee shirt haha! First airplane ride ever, arranged by my late friend Bruce Griggs as a young eagle flight after getting my amateur radio license. Good times, definitely got the bug in me! I think the guys name may have been Larry Rush

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Ruthie WellsI can't see the photo but I bet I know who it is

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Judy BirchlerI'm checking the name out.... Probably wised up and flying a taildragger today. :)

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Bill TracyMight want to go with the 1/2 order of biscuits & gravy

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Ronnie WithrowBeen there!

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Eduard Gurgen shared Born To Fly's photo to the group: Ladies Love Taildraggers.

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Amazing tee and hoodie for who love flying. Buy it here: iloveaircraft.com/flight-instructor Available in t-shirt, hoodie, v-neck and women tee with 3 colors option. #flying #airplane #pilot

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Lonni SteeleMy fave!

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Scott SewellNice little airport. Great bunch of folks at the Legend Cub Factory.

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Doug FarleyOutstanding airport and operators. Stopped in there for an overnight when bringing the Stearman down from Virginia to Granbury, Tx. FBO manager was awesome.... gave us hangar space for the night for free and even gave us the courtesy car overnight at no charge. Would stop in there in the future for sure!

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Judy BirchlerGo Bill Tracy go!! It would be awesome if our LadiesLoveTaildraggers fly-in has weather as beautiful as it looks there now. LLT Fly-in June 3 - 5. www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com/our-2016-fly-in/

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Judy BirchlerSay hey to Joey Baker!!

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Bill TracyWell things are pretty rough camping at SLR but we will probably make it thru the night

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Bill TracyCamping area

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Judy BirchlerLooks comfy.

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Henry SangerLooks cold. I like PR it is 80 at the pool but wish I was playing in TX

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Donna MillerSave a spot for us!!!👍🏻

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A photo of me flying just on touchdown this morning.
If you look closely,obviously a little bit of tailwheel first
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Mark HallettNothing wrong with that! Good full stall landing!

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Jeff Bucky PraterYou did great girl! Gosh Thank you for using the sod. I did too IN MY NC1810E 7AC Champ. Gosh I was 28 ,, She was 64 yrs young,,,she would yank - click 4 clips , full flaps in her C-180 and nail her landings, like you.

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Brian LansburghThank you, Mark. I hope everyone heard that!!!

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Rich DuggerThat's perfect. Tail first, mains come on , decreases the angle of attack and it almost guarantees you won't go airborne again. Nice job.

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Dennis ForsterI see a runway behind you Jennifer, did you miss it when you were landing or just run off afterwards? ;)

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W Jean BeyeMuch better to have tailwheel first rather than mains first, which almost guarantees a bounce!

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Brian LansburghSee what you started by innocently posting a nice picture?

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Gary SheetsVery nice!

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Ken TurnerBeautiful landing and you walked away from it

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Dennis RaymondYou're supposed to land here will first

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Chris ColacciIf you can use the plane again....it was a great landing...lol

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Judy BirchlerHeck no. I flew in Indy last night!!

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Rich DuggerFlew to Cleburne, TX Sat, for pancakes. It was 46 degrees in the shade when we got there. Got up into the 70s. Technically it IS winter.

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Steph ZwolinskiNope, ice flying last weekend :-)

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Laura K. StantsNope, we've had a few nice days recently! :)

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Bill TracyKaitlin We will be in your area tomorrow

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Judy BirchlerWhat are you up to Bill Tracy. Don't you know it's winter out there!

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Rich DuggerLooks like April 30th will be the next one. Let's everybody mark your calendar and spread the word.

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Gayla MaasWhere were you last Saturday? Did not see you at the Cleburne pancake breakfast, and I was wearing my LLT shirt.

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Brian LansburghNo, you'er certainly not the only one! We've been flying all winter in Sisters, Oregon!

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Charlotte RichardsonNope; I fly all winter long here in Massachusetts, though right now in a rental, getting in some retract time as I work towards my commercial rating, since my own plane is in for its annual right now. The secret about winter flying is that conditions are often really pleasant, with unlimited visibility (no haze) and very smooth air (no convective activity). The heater in my Cessna works better than the one in my car does, anyhow. It does have a Tanis heater, also, or plenty of mornings I wouldn't be able to safely start it.

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Lindsay Petreaw, hell no. i just don't post my pics here bc i'm flying a nosedragger....

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Judy BirchlerNow don't be shy Linday

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Judy BirchlerHey Lindsay Petre, will I see you at Sun N' Fun or OSH 2016?

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Rich DuggerWe flew almost every single weekend all the time when I lived in IN up until 5 years ago.

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Ruthie WellsNope I have been fooling around in my ultralight as long as it's above 20

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A plane for people who are too chicken to fly...

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Sharon Branawell, at least I could se out the window on this one!!

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Mark HallettI don't think chickens fly??? Or roosters. Could be wrong:)

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A bit of a request for advice. I'm considering starting my path to flying planes. Have any of you used scholarships on your flying path? Do any of you work in the industry? Did you find that being a woman helped you get in the door easier? Thank you for any info/advice! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kelly Poetzman JeffriesThere are lots of scholarships out there offered by Women in Aviation, 99s and of course, LLT.

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettThank you!

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Kelly Poetzman JeffriesI won a scholarship from 99s that I used for ATP. Although things might be better now than when I started (I got my license in 1992), you will still have to be better than the average guy to be taken seriously. And there will still be people who think you got where you are because you are a woman. But do not let this deter you; we need more women in flying. Go for it!

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettThank you guys so much! Wonderful advice!

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Heidi Stoepplerlazesoaring.com/ When I first started flying, I won the Lazerson Memorial scholarship (the above link) it helped me get started. Then 2 years ago, I won another scholarship from the NAAA-BASF. There are lots and lots of scholarships out there! Just go apply to all of them. Good luck. :-)

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettLooking toward a flying career, actually. I can't imagine anything more gratifying than getting paid to fly. I just didn't believe it was possible at this late stage in the game. :)

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Jim DensmoreIn the end, you will find a school, find a flight instructor, start ground school, and start flying. My advice is simple yet sometimes difficult to do: if you find you do not like your flight instructor for any reason, get another one. Just get another one. I've heard too many stories over the years of poor fit followed by giving up. Don't let that happen to you. My Mom did it! In 1965! In our Cessna 180! You will too. Good luck, keep us posted.

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Heidi StoepplerWhat Jim said. You can waste a lot of time and money on someone who isn't a good match. You can also get discouraged. Find someone who you're comfortable with. Also, don't just look at flight schools--there are a lot of flying clubs out there that have instructors/airplanes, or even instructors with their own personal airplanes.

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettYou are all making me so excited about this idea! After work tonight, I'll pour over your comments again & start researching schools & scholarships. Thank you, thank you!

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Laurie LPI can help you find a local 99s chapter and contact person, if you'd like. I've received 3 scholarships from them.

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Dee HolmI just gave up my Scholarship Chair with the Phoenix 99s. I helped award 19 scholarships during my 8 years. Now I am Membership Chair. Ninety-Nines, Women in Aviation, Whirley Girls, AOPA and many other organizations help pilots every year! Google "Flight Training Scholarships"--you will be surprised.

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettI have and I am! So many to sift through! I'm dedicating my weekend to it. I just wish I didn't have to work, so I could devote time to making this flying dream happen sooner. :) Thank you all for the great info!

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Dee HolmYou can check www.ninety-nines.org/scholarships.htm. We have a new scholarship to help folks get soloed; it is called Fly Now Scholarship given out fall and spring

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettThank you, Dee! Will look into it today!

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Donna MillerMichelle, Imagine you are 90 and sitting in your rocking chair asking yourself, "I wonder what would have happened if I had pursued a career in aviation?" No matter what the answer is, you have the opportunity to answer it now. I got my first flying job at the age of 38. It has been a roller coaster ride but I wouldn't change the journey for the world. Do it.

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettAwesome. Thank you, Joe!

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Rich DuggerJust be the best you can be. Women , IMHO, have a better eye for detail so you already have a built in unfair advantage. Use THAT! Not the fact that you're a woman.

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Michelle Reynolds BarrettLol. Will do. Great advice.

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Jeff Bucky PraterFemale- Male- Irrevelant. Cut the bull talk...we are talking money. I soloed at 12. No instuctor. Got going to fast, Daddy was at work. You fancy ones call it. GO or No Go. Full Power I went or crashed off the end of Daddy's grass runway on our Bama- GA MTN. NOW.

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Jeff Bucky PraterFun was my two plus hour flight over Bama Sand MTN and Look OUT MTN. Well I had to land, been in Dads 7AC Champ since I was Six. It did not matter, crash I die, put one ding on Daddys Champ-- He would kill me...So what the heck....

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Jeff Bucky PraterI thru a hard slip in her, greased her on that MTN top. Momma scared to death..helped me put 82087 back in the hanger before Daddy got home. Stall landings.. lol.was all we knew to make it on his MTN top.

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Jeff Bucky Prater]Now I went to VA, got my Private license. and my Champ NC1810E--- Money. But I gave back, a Nuclear Engineer wanted to learn to fly. Came to me, I tod him...4 hours renting this C 152 Aerobat 50-50. I promise you, you will get your private liscense in 40hrs--- the minimum and save you money.

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Jeff Bucky PraterWell he had read to many books.. chasing the instruments. I took my stick ons, now look at all your instruments, then reach over and covered them, now look over the cowl,,,see the distance of the cowl to the horizon,,,now port and Starboard wing same the ---look... now Listen to the Motor.. NOW

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Rich DuggerDid this just turn into one of those Bad Lip Reading thingys????

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Jeff Bucky PraterRight in the middle of the Chesapeak Bay,,,head straight to that church steeple across the bay 25 miles away. He got it, i knew he was smart but when I snatched off them stick on's on the instruments..he was shocked. Everything , RPM, Heading, altitude, was perfect! He did it! Now...

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