99 Years of Aviation: Twin Engine Glenn Martin Bomber to Experimental RV-7!

99 Years of Aviation: Twin Engine Glenn Martin Bomber to Experimental RV-7!

Prepping for our flight around the perimeter of the U.S., Boyd and I ran the weight and balance numbers. I’d packed all the “necessities” for a whopping 6 week tour, weighed each bag, shrieked, removed items, then repeated. When it was all said-and-done, we were close to the aft CG limit but still within the acceptable range. The reality of dragging around 6 weeks of “necessities” every time we got in and out of the RV-7 got old really quick not to mention the density altitude problems the excess baggage created as... Read More »

Lenhardt: Our Gateway to northwest Oregon

Lenhardt: Our Gateway to northwest Oregon

It was music to my ears – lady voices on 122.9 announcing their positions around Lenhardt Airpark. As Boyd and I continue to navigate our way around the perimeter of the U.S., sadly, we’ve only heard a handful of women across the frequencies. As we approached this airpark on the south side of Portland, Oregon, I’m happy to report that quickly changed. Read More »

Mount Shasta!

Mount Shasta!

It’s petty to whine about one single thing when you’re lucky enough to fly the perimeter of the U.S. With so many incredible views constantly outside our cockpit canopy, how can I possibly complain? But I truly do have one tiny regret – missing so much of the Pacific coastline. Low ceilings, not only along the California coast but up the Oregon shoreline too have forced us inland. I’ve been looking forward to miles and miles of lapping waves, rocks and sand but haven’t seen much of it this side of the Rockies. On t... Read More »

Tooling Around San Fran

Tooling Around San Fran

Boyd and I continue our flight around America, 28 days into our dream flight. The people of California have been very good to us, fantastic in fact, but the June Gloom marine layer has been a persistent thorn in our side for days. Today, finally, our RV7 took us on the ultimate California pilot’s adventure. We were overnight at Modesto, CA, KMOD, hoping with everything we had for a reasonably good day to fly the northern San Francisco Bay VFR route. Watsonville was clear by 10 a.m. and Half Moon Bay, just to the north, and our lunch desti... Read More »

How we ended up in Bakersfield

How we ended up in Bakersfield

Saturday morning at Santa Paula: We delayed our departure northbound in the RV7 several hours waiting for the southern California ‘June Gloom’ to dissipate. I’ve learned that ‘June Gloom’ is the annual phenomena that happens right on schedule every year in southern California. The wind coming off the cool ocean water forms low clouds that push inland against the mountains forming the Los Angeles basin. The low clouds can stick around most, if not all day long. At time of departure Oxnard and Point Mugu were broken ... Read More »

AirVenture 2018 ‘LadiesLoveTaildraggers Event Registration’

AirVenture 2018 ‘LadiesLoveTaildraggers Event Registration’

AirVenture (OSH) is the one place on earth not to be missed by lady taildragger pilots. Other than our annual LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ gathering, it’s my favorite fly-in destination of the year. If you’re a lady taildragger pilot, or want to be a taildragger pilot, get yourself to Oshkosh, Wisconsin this July 23 – 29 any way you can! I have THREE fabulous LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ events scheduled at AirVenture 2018 and would love for you to be there for every single one. Registration is required for our Tuesday lunch this year so plea... Read More »

Santa Paula, KSZP

Santa Paula, KSZP

Time is zipping by quickly as Boyd and I continue our flight around the perimeter of America. So far we’ve covered thousands of miles in our RV7 and been lucky enough to visit perimeter destinations like Niagara Falls, Cape Cod, Kitty Hawk, the Keys, Cajun country, and Big Bend Texas. Yesterday we managed to find our way to the California coastline, and being so far from home, each “next leg” is a huge adventure. California has a coastline of 840 miles and we’re anxious to see it all. Yesterday we landed at Santa Paula, ... Read More »

Destination Flabob

Destination Flabob

With one full day under our belts, we are now firmly planted in the giant state of California. Our flight around the perimeter of America continues! We are overnight at a private airpark at 52CL Adelanto, just outside Victorville, California. Our hosts, Charlie and Amy Laird, great-grandson of Charles Laird and great-nephew of Matty Laird of the E. M. Laird Aircraft Company.  (Think Swallow biplane) Today we did a two-ship flight through the Cajon Pass to KRIR, Flabob Airport. Jim OBrien, president of EAA Chapter 1 Flabob, met us for breakfast ... Read More »

Damn Cactus!

Damn Cactus!

We’re inching along! Boyd and I are flying the perimeter of the U.S. in our RV-7 and yesterday we covered the shortest distance of any day since we began. We were in the air just 38 minutes. It was hot as Hades in Tucson when we departed. You might think the cooler temperatures aloft would keep us flying longer but not so – we were fixated on getting to Phoenix. Our flight from KAVQ in Tucson to KFFZ, Falcon Field, Phoenix, was just 68 n.m. Our reason for visiting a city technically north of our course line –  we just couldn&#... Read More »

Ursula Kaelberer   (Germany)

Ursula Kaelberer (Germany)

Ursula Kaelberer is based at EDTM, Baden-Württemberg Germany. I got my pilot licence in 1995. My husband and I restore and operate various antique airplanes in Germany. Aircraft flown: Piper Cup Curtiss Robin Taylorcraft L2M Dream taildragger: Spartan Executive Thoughts on taildragging: You feel and smell the spirit of the early days of aviation. Read More »

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