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‘Pacific’ Gals

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 »

Julie Benson     (Oregon)

Julie Benson (Oregon)

Julie Benson is based at 6K5, Sisters Eagle Air Airport, Sisters, Oregon. I am currently a student pilot learning to fly a 1948 Cessna 140. I live in Sisters, Oregon. Every day I fly, I say to myself, “And I get to live here!” My husband and I own the Sisters Airport, and he has a Baron 58P twin which he uses for business. He has flown for many years, and now it’s my turn to lear... Read More »

Rachel Kopman     (Washington)

Rachel Kopman (Washington)

Rachel Kopman is based at Green Mountain Airport, a private strip in Washington state. I started flying in a tricycle gear plane and always envied the pilots flying tailwheels. I loved hearing the stories and the pride in their voices when the tailwheel pilots shared their experiences. Receiving my tailwheel endorsement was a welcome challenge to improve my flying skills – I’ve taken m... Read More »

Carolyn Walker Davis     (California)

Carolyn Walker Davis (California)

Carolyn Walker Davis is based at KDVO, Gnoss Field Airport, Novato, California. New to the wonderful world of flying, I am a student pilot, flying as much as possible in taildraggers because they are such fun! After many years of looking down at the ground, minding three young daughters, raising puppies for The Guide Dogs for the Blind and running my architectural business, I am delighted to be ab... Read More »

Tara Hackler    (Oregon)

Tara Hackler (Oregon)

Tara Hackler is based at 6K5, Sisters Airport, Sisters, Oregon and currently flies a C172. If that’s not enough good news, she also has applied for our “Ladies Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship” and is hoping to add “taildraggin” to her list of accomplishments very soon! It just so happens our LLT tailwheel endorsement is being donated by the very person pictured belo... Read More »

Mary Porter     (Oregon)

Mary Porter (Oregon)

Mary Porter is based at KLGD, La Grande/Union County Airport, La Grande, Oregon. I am a veteran, served in the Army active duty with two tours to Iraq as a Brigade Surgeon. I still serve in the National Guard and am a family medicine physician. I just married a man who is sharing his love of flying with me. I am hooked! We are purchasing an experimental Super Cub 4 seat side by side. I had my firs... Read More »

Jeanette Hibpshman     (California)

Jeanette Hibpshman (California)

Jeanette Hibpshman is based at O52, Sutter County Airport, Yuba City, California. First of all, I am married to the most wonderful guy around and we have 3 beautiful kids. My husband is an Air Force pilot and we’re hanging out at Beale AFB for his second tour here. We just bought our first plane, a 1994 Vans RV-4. I – AM – HOOKED! I got my license back in 1997 and after graduatin... Read More »

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