‘Pacific’ Gals

Deanna Bender     (Washington)

Deanna Bender (Washington)

Deanna Bender is based at KTIW, Tacoma Narrows Airport, Tacoma, Washington. My dream job since I was a kid was to be a stewardess, but had I known, I could have been a pilot!! Oh life would have been so different. Then along came this man and his taildragger and my life has been turned upside down in such a tremendously beautiful way on so many levels. He told me I could learn to fly and I just di... Read More »

Carla Yancey     (Oregon)

Carla Yancey (Oregon)

Carla Yancey is based at KLMT, Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Licensed real estate agent, living in Klamath Falls, Oregon. My hubby and I got our licenses back in the 1980’s. I recently got back into flying after taking time out to help run the family business and raise kids. Taildraggers…….Having married into a crop dusting family, Ag-Cats were my f... Read More »

Donna Svoboda     (Oregon)

Donna Svoboda (Oregon)

Donna Svoboda is based at Cottage Grove State Airport (61S), Cottage Grove, Oregon. Since I first posted on this site, 7 years have gone by and a lot has changed. For one I’ve added 700 hrs to my flight time, which for me is actually low, but I have a good excuse. Four of those yrs have been spent full time building two Bearhawk Patrols with my significant other. Because of that and life in genera... Read More »

Katie Dralle     (California)

Katie Dralle (California)

Katie Dralle is based at KLVK, Livermore Municipal Airport, Livermore, California. (San Francisco area) My husband Matt had a stroke almost two years ago and he has flown since he was 10 years old. Flying is his world and after the stroke we were worried about the medical so I started taking lessons and struggling. He has built three RV’s (all taildraggers) and I knew not flying was not an o... Read More »

Debbie Cheney     (California)

Debbie Cheney (California)

Debbie Cheney is based at KRIR, Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. First date in 1980 with my now husband, watching him practice touch and goes in his 65hp Luscombe. Always enthusiastic about aviation, but too frightened to tackle lessons of my own. That all changed in 2007 with our purchase of a Cessna 180! I received my private pilot certificate in 2009 in a J3 cub. I’ve since purchased a be... Read More »

Liza Rupp     (Alaska)

Liza Rupp (Alaska)

Liza Rupp is based at PALH, Lake Hood Seaplane Base, Anchorage, Alaska. I moved to Alaska in 2015 and got my my PPL in Feb 2017. Just finished up my tailwheel endorsement last week. Ratings: PPL with tailwheel endorsement Aircraft flown: C150, C152, C172, Aeronca Champ 7GCBC Dream Taildragger: DeHavilland Beaver – of course! Thoughts on taildragging: Off airport access – that’s n... Read More »

Janet Lansburgh     (Oregon)

Janet Lansburgh (Oregon)

Welcome to Janet Lansburgh based at 6K5, Sisters Eagle Air Airport, Sisters, Oregon. Janet is the daughter of Brian Lansburgh, a #1 supporter of LadiesLoveTaildraggers who has donated thousands of dollars in CFI time and expenses in support of our scholarship fund. I am thrilled to see Janet flying the family C140 and read how life unfolds in a family who loves to fly. I’ve said it before and I’ll... Read More »

Jill Geary     (California)

Jill Geary (California)

Jill Geary is based at KSEE, Gillespie Field Airport, San Diego/El Cajon, California. I LOVE to fly. I flew for a living, and came home and flew my Pitts S-1S every day. Then one day (long story) it became clear that I needed to surrender my medical. It took me years before I could go to the airport and watch planes fly – I missed it so much it just became painful to stand by and watch…... Read More »

Bertie Duffy     (California)

Bertie Duffy (California)

Bertie Duffy is based at KWHP, Whiteman Airport, Los Angeles, California. I live in the San Fernando Valley area of LA, learned to fly here. I have 3000+ hours in a Stearman that came to me as a project in boxes in 1979. Just recently sold her after many wonderful adventures. Ratings: ASEL, ASES Commercial, Instrument. Ground Instructor, A & P Aircraft Flown: Stearman, Cub, Fairchild PT 19, Co... Read More »

Eileen Bjorkman     (Washington)

Eileen Bjorkman (Washington)

I’d like to introduce you to a previous owner of my 1973 Decathlon, N86585, Eileen Bjorkman. Eileen lovingly cared for her bird for 17 years, evidenced by the meticulous logs, receipts and documentation. With less than 7% of the pilot population being female, and only a fraction of those flying taildraggers, I think it’s fantastic N86586 now has two female owners in its lineage. Ellen ... Read More »

Kat Sutphin     (Oregon)

Kat Sutphin (Oregon)

Kat Sutphin is based at 78OR, Crowley Ranch Airstrip, Crowley, Oregon. Moved to Alaska 1987 from Finland. Learned to fly in AK initially in a Super Cub, then got into Helio Couriers and Socata Rallyes plus later on Cessnas, Pipers etc. Worked as a flight instructor at Merrill Field, Anchorage, AK before moving to Oregon. Nowadays living in Eastern Oregon on an isolated cattle ranch, where I have a... Read More »

Brooke Roman     (Alaska)

Brooke Roman (Alaska)

Brooke Roman is based at AK8, Christiansen Lake Seaplane Base and PATK, Talkeetna Airport, Alaska. I grew up in Missouri. And one day when I was 17 I woke up and randomly said, “I think I’ll fly” ….and so I did! I went to college for flying. First starting at Oklahoma State University, staying 2 years there, but eventually transferring to Kansas State University where I rec... Read More »

Amy Haass     (Alaska)

Amy Haass (Alaska)

Amy Haass spends time at both 66XS, Baylie Airport, Westminster, Texas and Wasilla, Alaska. I fly for a living and for fun on days off! I live in a hangar home. I LOVE flying adventure travel. My husband & I are “upgrading” from a Luscombe 8A to a C180. We still have a J4 Cub project in the works. Ratings: MD11 Captain, B747 FO Typed, B727 FE, EMB110&120 Capt. Aircraft flown: M... Read More »

Jennifer Prins     (Nevada)

Jennifer Prins (Nevada)

Jennifer Prins is based in Reno, Nevada. I just started flying the beginning of this year (2017). It is a dream from my childhood that I never saw through…I was busy with college, work, my son, life, etc., and put it out of my mind until I met my husband, Denny, in 2014. My husband has been a pilot for many years and encouraged me to work on getting my license. So, I took ground school class... Read More »

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