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Piper PA-12 Alaska Ski Flying (Lisa Preuit)

Piper PA-12 Alaska Ski Flying (Lisa Preuit)

Lisa Preuit is based at PAWS, Wasilla, Alaska.   I recently flew a PA-12 with skis for the first time. The entire concept of flying a plane with no brakes was a bit scary, I will readily admit. My flight instructor, a retired Alaska Airlines captain and bush pilot, expl... Read More »

Jean Batten and her Percival Gull Six Monoplane

Jean Batten and her Percival Gull Six Monoplane

If you’re like me and lucky enough to visit New Zealand, chances are you’ll be funneled through the International Terminal at Auckland Airport. There, on display, you will find a most interesting piece of aviation history. Suspended from the ceiling is a 1932 Bri... 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
Lisa Preuit     (Alaska)

Lisa Preuit (Alaska)

Lisa Preuit is based at PAWS, Wasilla Airport, Wasilla, Alaska. I am an ATP rated pilot who left her career just as it was taking off in order to raise my two kids. My youngest just started college and,at the age of 51, I want back into aviation!! After a 20 year break from flying, I have discovered... Read More »

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 coach class not-so-great ... 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 ribbons of mostly untouche... Read More »

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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 »

Kaitlin Mroz     (Texas)

Kaitlin Mroz (Texas)

Kaitlin Mroz is based at KGKY, Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, Texas.  I live and breathe aviation. I’ve done everything from loading aircraft, working an airline’s ticket counter, dispatching, aircraft routing, flight following, flight instructing, and flying jumpers. I had a go... Read More »

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 »

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My first solo today in the little Champ! This lady loves taildraggers😜😘🌟🌟 ... See MoreSee Less

23 hours ago

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Gayla MaasCONGRATULATIONS!!!

22 hours ago
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Lisa Williams LengCongratulations, Champs are sooo much fun!!

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Jacque SwanGood goin' Emma. You will remember this day forever.

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Amy SaundersYeah! Congratulations!!

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Dan WilkinsGreat stuff! Congrats.

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John PachlCongratulations!

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GR MonteleoneAwesome!!!

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Niri TawäGREAT !

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Kathleen Doran HegenbergerYou go girl!

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Steven C. DevineLove it!!!😄

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Cissy Cole-RawlingsBravo for you

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Arthur BurnettI soloed a Citabria off a grass field in 1974. People told me I was a throwback then. Cogratulations Emma Taberner

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Kristi McDonnellAwesome! Way to go!!!

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Carol WalkerWay to go, Emma! Congratulations!

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Scott SewellGreat job. You can learn a lot in a Champ. Nice little airplane.

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Mark HoppMy solo was in a Cub. That feeling will always stay special for you! Enjoy the sky!

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Gail Stillings BurchWell done congratulations

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Kayleigh BordnerCongratulations!!! Super exciting achievement!!

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Debbie BakerCongrats

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John PreacherCongratulations Emma! They don't come much more fun than a Champ. I'll see you in April. (Your Oshkosh friend)

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Orville MooreCongratulations! Hope you have many hours of enjoyment in that sweet little airplane.

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Jeff Bucky PraterI was at the first Oshkosh. KUDOS GIRL! NC1810E 7AC to YOU. Gosh the Tradition was cutting your shirt, Name and date in the FBO. Gosh you are Lady's. I don't know.

16 hours ago
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Kristee Quinnlove it

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Maribeth DunlapWoohoo! Awesome and congrats! I also soloed in a Champ many years ago. Still one of my favorites.

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Chris ColacciNice photo...looks like it's nice and warm there.Here in the NE U.S.A. it's super windy and bitter cold!!!

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Hoping ya'll could help me out here. I am really hung up on getting a Cubcrafter FX so I can help with the build. I have built model planes all my life and have been flying (real planes) for 40 years. I am sick of the tri-gear Witchita Bug smashers and want to get into bush flying. My wife told me that she wont fly with me anymore if I get the Cub because she hates the tandem seating. IMO If someone really loves flying it shouldn't matter. I dont want to give up on my dream ! Just looking for opinions and insight. ... See MoreSee Less

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Scott SewellI am not a lady, but if your wife does not like tandem seating. YOU NEED TO FIND AN AIRPLANE WITH SIDE BY SIDE SEATING. Lots of good bush planes cessna 180. Maule. Much easier to find an airplane the wife likes.

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Doug FarleyGet the plane YOU want for the mission you want to fly. Why buy a plane that you're going to be flying solo 90 % of the time to satisfy someone that really doesn't seem all that enthralled with flying in the first place, for that 10% of flying time that she'll be along for the ride?

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W Jean BeyeHas your wife taken a trial flight in a tandem seat airplane? If she likes to look at scenery below she may find that being able to look out either side of the airplane is a bonus. If she still doesn't like it after trying it, Scott's suggestion of a side-by-side is good. Aeronca Chief, Sedan; Cessna 120, 140, 170, 180, 185; Maule; Stinson; Piper Pacer. With the exception of the C-180 and 185, the others probably give you more value for your money than a Cub, too.

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Tamara Latimer Griffithsome folks dont care for back seat as they feel less in control or in the know of what is going on since they cant see the instruments and such...maybe worth asking what she really dislikes about tandem seating perhaps of course having her take a few demo rides if she hasnt taken any. but maybe do a couple demos in some other side by side TW planes and see if there is a compromise possible. She may also just be taking issue with tailwheel if she has heard that are more challenging to fly land or such. And one can love flying but even I am not comfortable in the backseat of a tailwheel but mine is the fact i rarely can reach the controls (cushions mean cant pull full aft on stick) no cushions rudders unreachable and extensions are not comfortable for extended periods) of course if a know and trust the pilot i can be more comfortable in the aft seat... I teach full time and love it but im a terible backseat pax...

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Gayla MaasI prefer side by side seating, but will accept a ride from almost anyone I trust, including tandem. Maybe she can learn to fly too, and y'all can swap seats from time to time! That would make it almost perfect!

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Ryan MuthCan't go wrong with a Rans s6 or s20!

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Sherra DavenportRans S7 is a Great plane

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Stefanie SpencerWe have a Cubcrafter's Top Cub which I love flying, but I also don't mind sitting in the back. I sit up high enough to see out ahead and can reach my stuff behind me. We also have an RV-8 which I do not like riding in the back at all. Everything is "check in" baggage and you sit so low I can only see out the sides. I love our Cub!!!

23 hours ago   ·  2
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Kathy Johnson DavisWell Tom, I guess you could say I'm a little biased, because I work for SWT Aviation/CubCrafters! 😀 Let me just tell your wife that I got so hooked on how much FUN you can have in the Carbon Cub, it encouraged me to get my pilots license... In the Carbon Cub!! Not only is it a blast from the front seat, it is absolutely amazing to see this incredible country, and Go Anywhere, Do Anything from the backseat! Let us give her a demo, she'll see the great visibility, the great fun, and the great Adventures you can only have in a Carbon Cub!

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Lisa MartinDon't establish your airplane as a battle line, unless you are willing to get divorced over it. It is an expensive hobby. Convince her of the benefits of the aircraft you want, or find one you can both enjoy.

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Tom HarnishI'm 2 months away from the 50th anniversary of my first solo, so I speak with some experience (aka mistakes). My first wife didn't like airplanes, the second didn’t like sex. Kate and I owned 7 airplanes at one point...among other things. Give a little, get a little. Have you considered a J-4 or PA-15?

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Kristi McDonnellSo since you asked for opinions here's mine. I don't like tandem seating unless the person in the front is shorter and sits lower because I simply cannot see out! Nothing sucks more than not being able to see out in front. You often miss a great portion of the view when you have a big baboose in front. I also find its more fun to chat when you can turn and look at the person. Not the end of the world if you are still flying, just not as fun for the person in back. Get a side by side and have the "happy wife, happy life!"

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Cindy Robinson ThalHumm... Would love to sell our Cessna 140.. Great condition!!! Low time engine, a beauty

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Gayla MaasI miss my 140. Don't offer if you are not serious, Cindy.

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Gail Stillings BurchCub life is a good life. Ask the wife to just try it ! Maybe get her a few rides in one. I love Cubs but if tandem seating is the problem look into a Luscombe

20 hours ago   ·  1
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Tom AutreyI cant arrange a ride so it looks like I'll have to settle for a Maule or say screw it and get my Cub. Can anyone offer any feedback on the Maule M7 or the new M9.

19 hours ago
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Lisa KienholzI love my Luscombe. A taildragger, with a stick and side by side seating.

17 hours ago   ·  1
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Jeff Bucky PraterTom, my gosh, your wife loves you Sir. Lisa likes her 8e or A LUSCOMBE. If you can $ a M9 do it. Thats my anomaly...any 16 year old girl or kid should be able learn to fly. They cannot $ and drugs follow.

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Jeff Bucky PraterPlease--- I want to see a Lady in her Stearman waving! GO girls GO!

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Chris ColacciHow about a Maule rebuild?You can restore it,use it for bush flying and it's side by side seating.There are many other tail wheels that seat like a Maule.

10 hours ago
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Niri TawäMeet her halfway, get a Taylorcraft.

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Sean FitzpatrickIf you want to build and need SxS seating, cavernous baggage area for your passenger's stuff and many, many engine options - look at the rans S-20 - it's a stout machine.

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Peg BallouI don't like the tandem seating either. My husband has a Husky, I fly a Cessna 150, and am an instructor.

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Niri TawäWe don't have that problem, We just like to fly, it doesn't matter the seating arrangement. I don't know how rare of a couple we are though.

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Piper AlaskaOne PA11 pilot to another... What u got under the cowling? I have an O235. Many many have tried to prop start her, she just won't turn over. Even with a starter she is hard to get going. Just curious. Thx Nice looking bird BTW!

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A woman that learned to fly when real planes were made ... See MoreSee Less

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Niri TawäCloth ships, Iron Women.

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Ben TaylorIs that marty whitmore?

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Patrick RichardsonYou gotta love her

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Jeff Bucky PraterI do Luv her, it's just I do not like to see a Lady prop a plane or do a compression check. The WASP built and delivered them... We fought.

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Lupita WisenerWhat fun you are having!!!

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Gretchen Leyritz LongridgeHahaha! 😭

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Jeff Bucky PraterLOL- Good One! Jackie Cochran is laughing in heaven! Go gals Go. No ground loops!

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Ray HarstickShe' obviously hasn't met the gyronauts. Open frame and hang your butt out there. P. S. We don't cry either. lol

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Amber SmithHahaha

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Chloe Collinslo;!

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The newest member of our family... A 1958 Piper Pacer. Our first airplane! 😍 Hope to see y'all at a fly-in sometime... ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

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Maribeth Dunlap❤️👍

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Jeff Bucky PraterWe had one...plexiglass bottom half off the doors, blue Snoopy. Short Coupled and clipped wings. Gosh you gals be careful.

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Ken TurnerA beautiful baby 😊

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Gayla MaasSweet!

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Kelli HughesYup have flown skis.... Fun

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Peg BallouOk, so what are the regulations on skis? No additional endorsement needed?

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Mark HoppNone that I know of. Just a log book entry of instalation

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