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My Flight of Self Discovery

My Flight of Self Discovery

I just returned from a whirlwind, solo flight RT from Indianapolis, Indiana to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Once there, my Decathlon and I circled the enormous metroplex, 180 miles +/-, and poked ourselves in and out under the Class B Airspace as we saw fit. Ground covered; approx 1,700 statute miles in 3 days. My decision to fly to Texas Monday afternoon came out of nowhere and was totally spur-of-th... Read More »

Help! Need a Taylorcraft Owner to Come to the Rescue!

Help! Need a Taylorcraft Owner to Come to the Rescue!

I’m looking for a Taylorcraft owner to come to the rescue. The story is… Grandpa is 75 and has owned his Tcraft forever. His son (based at my airport in Indianapolis, KMQJ) flies a Citation and has over 10,000 hours. Following in his dad’s footsteps, 500+ hours were in his own Tcraft! Generation 3 happens and his son solos on his 16th birthday; first in dad’s Tcraft then in... Read More »

A Remarkable Lady’s WACO UPF-7 For Sale

A Remarkable Lady’s WACO UPF-7 For Sale

When it comes to interesting women aviator stories, sometimes I find out about them in unexpected ways. This one came by way of John Wood from Massachusetts in a message that read: Linda Buroker-Melhoff’s mother Gladys Dawson-Buroker taught flying during World War II in a WACO UPF-7 based at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The aircraft has been carefully restored and is for sale. See attached pi... Read More »

Which are Private Grass Strips? Which aren’t strips at all?

Which are Private Grass Strips? Which aren’t strips at all?

I flew the Boydster (a.k.a. my husband Boyd) on an aerial adventure around central Illinois recently. We were in my Decathlon, just a few months new to me but not a spring chicken at a 1973 model. We had a fun day and were totally into it. If you fly across the central Indiana state-line westbound into Illinois, the terrain transitions from ‘nearly flat’ to ‘completely flat’... Read More »

Travels With Puff, a book review – Adventure, Insight, Fun!

Travels With Puff, a book review – Adventure, Insight, Fun!

The book: Travels With Puff: A Gentle game of Life and Death by Richard Bach Adventure, Insight, Fun! – a 2013 book review by LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ member Cathy Babis  I am a fan of Richard Bach. Tucked in my copy of The Bridge Across Forever, is a hand-written postcard from him in response to a letter I sent through his publisher. When I read the “also by” list of t... Read More »

Your Vote Counts: 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in

Your Vote Counts: 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in

As promised, the following are the airports and people who’ve expressed interest in hosting our 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in. I’ve heard from some incredible airports that span the distance from eastern America to the Pacific and north into Canada. All who emailed me directly are included. Those who randomly Facebooked may not be. Please vote on one of the 9 selections below but ... Read More »

Contact me if you’d like to host the 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in!

Contact me if you’d like to host the 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in!

Last call! If you have an interest in hosting the LadiesLoveTaildraggers 2018 Fly-in at your airport, I need to hear from you. I’m winging it here people and hoping for the best. It takes some effort and a lot of planning to put on our LadiesLoveTaildraggers fly-in and now’s the time to pin down the location. Lady taildragger pilots at three airports (plus one airport of the male persu... Read More »

Claudia Childs receives Tailwheel Endorsement

Claudia Childs receives Tailwheel Endorsement

I’m very happy to report that one of our 2017 LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ scholarship winners, Claudia Childs, recently completed her training and is a newly endorsed tailwheel pilot. Congratulations Claudia! From Hamburg, New York, Claudia is a retired Buffalo, NY police officer with Commercial and Instrument ratings and is a CFI. She traveled across the country to Oregon this September t... Read More »

Alaska Girls Kick Ass!

Alaska Girls Kick Ass!

Ready to be awestruck? Take 9 minutes of your life and watch this beautifully photographed, musically infused film about Alaskan Leighen Falley, a climber, mountain guide, pilot and mother.  Many thanks to Kendra Helvey for forwarding this jewel. Really cool video of an Alaskan woman flying a Beaver and Super Cub in AK. Lovely photography and music too. She lives in Talkeetna. And…..she is a... Read More »

Lady Taildraggers vs. Combative Men

Lady Taildraggers vs. Combative Men

Men. I love ‘em, but when wearing a LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirt, don’t count on it being reciprocated. After a very odd encounter at AirVenture this year, I have to ask myself, are lady taildragger pilots a threat to manliness? A couple of you have heard my strange story, but for the rest now’s as good a time as any to share it. As always at OSH, I’m wearing a LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirt... Read More »

The 2017 LLT Fly-in VIDEO!!!

The 2017 LLT Fly-in VIDEO!!!

Pump up your volume then sit back and enjoy the 2017 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Poplar Grove Fly-in video! How in the world did we do it all in just 3 days?! There are two versions, your choice to zip through it quickly or take your time and see each photo for 3 seconds. Fast paced (3:45) and slow paced (8:55). Fast paced version Slow paced version Read More »

LLT Fly-in Beneficiaries 

LLT Fly-in Beneficiaries 

I’m happy to report that attendees to the LadiesLoveTaildraggers C77 Fly-in raised a significant amount of money for some very special organizations: The LLT Poker Run raised $1300 for the OSCAR MIKE Foundation. Oscar Mike Foundation’s mission is to see all injured Veterans utilize their full potential and live rewarding and productive lives. The Saturday evening live auction raised over $3200 for... Read More »

Where are we going for our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in?!!

Where are we going for our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in?!!

Where are we going for our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in? Now that’s a really great question. The airport that will host the 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in is unknown at this point. Truth is, I don’t have a clue. What I can tell you is Poplar Grove Airport was an incredible host for our 2017 LLT fly-in. I fell in love with C77 and the remarkable ladies based there. Fortunately... Read More »

Celia Vanderpool’s GANews article, ‘Totally Eclipsed’

Celia Vanderpool’s GANews article, ‘Totally Eclipsed’

Celia Vanderpool, a Cessna 180 owner and LadiesLoveTaildraggers member from Southern California, has an excellent article just out in ‘General Aviation News’. Check out Totally Eclipsed, Celia’s story about watching the eclipse unfold high over the 12,000′ Montana Sawtooth Mountains. I decided the best place to view the eclipse was over the Sawtooth Mountain range, which sw... Read More »

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