Ryan PT22 Recruit Ferry Flight, by Sarah Rovner

Ryan PT22 Recruit Ferry Flight, by Sarah Rovner

Sarah Rovner is founder & CEO of Full Throttle Aviation, a company that offers ferry pilot services and aircraft delivery. She is also captain at Skywest Airline and writes one of the best aviation blogs you’ll find. When it comes to ferrying aircraft, Sarah and Full Throttle Aviation cover it all. With 10 ferry pilots, they specialize in experimental, agricultural, tailwheel, and vintage aircraft — but will ferry almost anything. I recently came across Sarah’s article, “PT22 Ryan Recruit Ferry Flight” and it&#... Read More »

The LadiesLoveTaildraggers “Haunted Flying Tour” Itinerary & Registration

The LadiesLoveTaildraggers “Haunted Flying Tour” Itinerary & Registration

LADIES LOVE TAILDRAGGERS HAUNTED FLYING TOUR September 30 – October 6, 2018 JOIN US FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK OF GHOSTLY FLYING FUN! Taildraggers expected – Nosedraggers accepted Camp under your wing or carpool to motels All adventurous flyers welcome! For those that choose to begin on Day 1, our “Haunted Flying Tour” will cross 6 states. The full Tour includes 7 days of Flying Fun that begins at my home base in Indiana, crosses through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and at the heart, highlights the Great State of Texas. I’ve des... Read More »

A Fresh RV-4 Perspective by Emilie Phillips

A Fresh RV-4 Perspective by Emilie Phillips

Guest post by Emilie Phillips. Emilie invites you to follow her on her blog at https://j3.org/topics/flying/ A Fresh RV-4 Perspective Author Emilie Phillips “6 1 Alpha Whiskey” ATC broadcast over the radio, “confirm you have information Tango, landing runway 35.” “6 1 Alpha Whiskey has Tango” I affirmed What was I doing wrong that ATC was calling me out? Then I realized I was headed for the closer runway, runway 6. Trying to regain my composure, I turned right 5 degrees. I was flying my RV-4 to Manchester for its annual maintenance. Every year ... Read More »

Announcing the 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Scholarship Winners!

Announcing the 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Scholarship Winners!

I am thrilled to announce this year’s LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Scholarship winners! SIX taildraggers scholarships, all made possible by your generous donations. Thank you from me, and thank you from these very happy ladies! Scholarship #1: Tailwheel Endorsement by Carol Walker of Big Q Aviation, Dallas, Texas Winner:  Ellen Robbins from Ferndale, Washington Present Employment: College Student, Part-time Nurses Assistant Commercial, Instrument Rated Pilot My goal is to use aviation overseas, supporting small, isolated communities via ... Read More »

A J-5 named Beatrice (The oldest J-5 Cub still flying!)

A J-5 named Beatrice (The oldest J-5 Cub still flying!)

Thanks to Jerry Griggs from Wichita, Kansas for submitting this great story. And special thanks to Brooke Tribley for taking the path less traveled – vintage aircraft ownership and taildragger flying! I bought my first airplane in 1972, a 1940 Piper J-5, but only kept it about two years …. as I ran out of money. It now belongs to 22 year old Brooke Tribley in Navasota, Texas.  As a DPE, in late March I traveled to Texas to conduct her private pilot check-ride in that very same J-5 Cub. From these two photos of the Cub, can you guess... Read More »

Women Wise AWEsome Adventures, June 27 – July 1

Women Wise AWEsome Adventures, June 27 – July 1

I am delighted I was invited to speak at this year’s WWaa gathering in Cascade, Idaho, appropriately translated ‘Woman Wise AWEsome Adventures’. Woohoo, I’m flying to Idaho this June! Cool for me but better yet, Christina Tindle has put together another super event for women pilots. Christina is a member of LadiesLoveTaildraggers, owns a Piper Pacer, is a back-country pilot, counselor, author and dynamo with the power to inspire. Again this year, she has pulled together a remarkable group of flight instructors who will b... Read More »

Oh, SH*#, that wasn’t supposed to happen!

Oh, SH*#, that wasn’t supposed to happen!

Thank you to James Schrag, the first person to submit a ‘confession’ in the “What Was I Thinking?” story series. James tells his story beautifully and tops it off with a YouTube video of the moment it happened “…the nose dropped out and headed down”. This is great stuff and a valuable learning lesson for all aspiring aerobatic pilots. James is based at OK94, Collinsville, Oklahoma. (Share your own “What Was I Thinking” story using the form at post end.) There comes a time, I suppose, in ever... Read More »

Kritika Vincent     (India)

Kritika Vincent (India)

Kritika Vincent is based at VIDP, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India. I moved to the United States at the age of 18 to pursue my Bachelors degree and stayed another year to gain experience in the Aviation field as a Flight Instructor in Florida. In addition, I served as the President of Women in Aviation Chapter at Jacksonville University and volunteered with the Ninety-Nines group as a Secretary for the First Coast Chapter. I recently graduated from the Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative Program and now assist other fe... Read More »

What Was I Thinking?

What Was I Thinking?

When it comes to flying, please tell me I’m not the only pilot who’s done something really stupid. I look back on one particular day in my flying life and think, “You idiot, what were you thinking? That was a really bad idea and could have turned out seriously bad.” My story happened years ago and is about an airplane ride I gave to a 6 year old. At the time it seemed perfectly normal, albeit naive, and hey….. it was just a little airplane ride. 🙂 While you’re reading my ‘What Was I Thinking?” sto... Read More »

No airplanes or pilots were harmed in the making

No airplanes or pilots were harmed in the making

Giving airplane rides, especially to non-flyers, is one of the greatest gifts pilots can give. Doesn’t matter if the passenger is young or old. Doesn’t matter if it’s the next-door neighbor, a friend-of-a-friend, a co-worker or the kid who’s always hanging around the airport. If they’re interested in airplanes and excited to fly, I hope you give them a ride. One of my funnest flying days was spent doing circuits around a grass strip hopping rides to kids and adults. Another was the day I gave a first airplane ride ... Read More »

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