‘Pacific’ Gals

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 training wheels for the 180. We now arm wrestle for the 140 because it is so much fun to fly. Love fl... Read More »

Jen Topper     (Oregon)

Jen Topper (Oregon)

Jen Topper is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, Bend, Oregon. Helicopter CFI with a passion for taildraggers! I aspire to have as much gumption as pioneering aviators Pheobe Omlie, Louise Thaden and Marvel Crosen. Why taildraggers? Is there anything else? Oh right. No thank you on the training wheels. Additionally, I’m a wing walker and the way to my heart is through a Stearman! Read More »

JD Kang     (California)

JD Kang (California)

JD Kang is based at KCNO Chino Airport, Chino, California. I love vintage and antique planes. I’ve been training for just under a year and have logged over 50 hours. The aircraft I have time in range from primary trainers and vintage biplanes to modern Cubs and the Aircam – over 25 distinct aircraft ranging over 80 years of aviation history. However, my true love is the Stearman!! It w... 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 until one had mastered the taildraggers.) I earned my Private in 1977, my Commercial in 1978 and my CFI... Read More »

Marilyn Emery     (Washington)

Marilyn Emery (Washington)

Marilyn Emery is based at WN55, Randle-Kiona Airpark, Randle, Washington. I fly an RV-4. I am planning to do up-set and spin training this fall, in preparation for beginning aerobatics. I earned my taildragger endorsement about a year ago in a Thorp T-18. Aerobatics training is for local fun. But what I really love the airplane for is to get from one place to another quickly. As a small girl, my f... Read More »

Louise Patterson     (California)

Louise Patterson (California)

Louise Patterson is based at KVNY, Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, California, Louise is an instrument rated private pilot and hopes to get her tailwheel endorsement. Teacher, pilot, mom! I didn’t start out liking airplanes very much. At the age of 4, we lived under the approach path for RWY 13 at KSPI. I would hear the loud airplanes (likely a 727 or L10-11) while playing outside. Soon they wou... Read More »

Lisa Kienholz     (California)

Lisa Kienholz (California)

Lisa Kienholz is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California.  I fell for Taildraggers over 35 years ago during my first general aviation flight, in my friend Al Fisher’s Aeronca Chief. We even did some dog fighting with a friend of Al’s – I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. A few years later, Al bought and restored a Luscombe – that airplane stole my heart. Around that time I h... Read More »

Willow Hetrick     (Alaska)

Willow Hetrick (Alaska)

Willow Hetrick is based at PALH, Lake Hood Seaplane Base, Anchorage, Alaska. My name is Willow and I’ve lived in Alaska my entire life. I am an avid outdoorswoman and flying was a natural choice to better explore and adventure in Alaska. Through the years, I occasionally considered learning to fly, but most of my interest involved being dropped off in the wilderness. After starting my career... Read More »

Michelle Carter     (California)

Michelle Carter (California)

Michelle Carter is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California. My name is Michelle Carter, 22, and I received my Private Pilots license two summers ago at Santa Barbara Airport. Now you can find me at Santa Paula Airport flying a Piper J-3 Cub with my boyfriend, Sammy Mason. Nothing’s better than doing touch and go’s in the grass with the door open and the slide-slip r... Read More »

Darcy Groves    (California)

Darcy Groves (California)

Darcy Groves is based at 1C9, Frazier Lake Airpark, Hollister, California. 1955 Cessna 180, N180HB and am a student pilot. Read More »

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