Aeronca Champ

Judy Birchler     (Indiana)

Judy Birchler (Indiana)

Thank you for visiting LadiesLoveTaildraggers. My name is Judy Birchler, founder and president of the LadiesLoveTaildraggers organization and web-host of LadiesLoveTaildraggers is a loosely bound group of dynamic women pilots drawn together by one shared love – flying conventional gear aircraft, a.k.a. taildraggers! LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ first post was... Read More »

Willa Young     (California)

Willa Young (California)

Willa Young is based at KMYV Yuba County Airport, Marysville, California.  I have been a 99 since 1994. Flown my 1953 Bonanza for 22 years and still do. As of May 2016 we became proud owners of a completely re-built 1946 Champ named “Snoopy”. I have 20 hours in her and have completely fallen in love with this little tail dragger. Read More »

Lisa Williams     (Florida)

Lisa Williams (Florida)

Lisa Williams is based at KSGJ, Northeast Florida Regional Airport, St Augustine, Florida.  I am in the process of rebuilding a 1958 7EC Champ. I do not have my pilot certificate but plan on getting it in my husband’s Piper Pacer. We also have a 1929 KR 34 (Fairchild) biplane that we plan to rebuild after the Champ is completed. Very nice meeting you at Triple Tree. See you at the next event... Read More »

Erika DeLong     (Minnesota)

Erika DeLong (Minnesota)

Erika DeLong is based at 25D, Forest Lake Airport, Forest Lake, Minnesota.  I have been flying taildraggers for approximately 20 years. I bought and restored my Aeronca 7AC Champ and have been flying it since 2001. It’s my favorite aircraft of the three that I own. I work so I can fly airplanes, so I fly airplanes for work. I hold an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, SES and typed in CL65, SF340.   ... Read More »

Rachel Conklin     (New York)

Rachel Conklin (New York)

Rachel Conklin is based at 06N Randall Airport, Middletown, New York. Pilot Update/August 2016 “Congratulations Rachel on your “sweet” purchase!” I recently became partial owner to a wonderful little Aeronca Champ. She’s a sweet little yellow thing and I can’t wait to get more time in her! I’m now a (very) proud owner to a taildragger. A literal dream come true.... Read More »

Recruiting Lady Taildragger Pilots!!

Recruiting Lady Taildragger Pilots!!

Breathtaking, exciting and adventurous all describe it. This fast moving & oh-so-fun video from Kim Huntington is one I guarantee will get you as excited about flying the backcountry as it did me! Yes, you can have this much fun in a Champ! Kim is flying her 1946 Aeronca L16B replica “Jimmy” with a video camera mounted inside — and getting some spectacular footage. Thank you ... Read More »

Sarah Corbin     (Alaska)

Sarah Corbin (Alaska)

Sarah Corbin is based at PAMR, Merrill Field, Anchorage, Alaska. I am a new private pilot. I’ve started learning to fly a taildragger and am excited to keep building skills and learning. I’m hoping to get my endorsement this summer. I just got my PPL in May and have a few hours in a Champ and a little time in a C140, C180, and a C185. Read More »

Katie Baker     (Idaho)

Katie Baker (Idaho)

Katie Baker is based at 0U9, Lee Williams Memorial Airport, Midvale, Idaho. Hello! My name is Katie, I’m 34 and live in central Idaho. I’ve been in aviation since I was a kid as my father and grandfather are both pilots, both commercially (ag pilots) and for fun. I currently own a 1957 Champ and I love it! My son is 8 years old and he loves flying with me as well.I’m a business t... Read More »

Karey Sanderson     (Iowa)

Karey Sanderson (Iowa)

Karey Sanderson is based at Knoxville Municipal Airport, Knoxville, Iowa. I am a new private pilot. I passed my check ride eight weeks and two days ago. I’m scared of heights and really new to general aviation. I have a purple headset and it isn’t unusual for my logbook to be filled out in some color of glitter pen. I fell in love with cloth covered antique airplanes at first sight. I labeled them... Read More »

Charleen Beam     (California)

Charleen Beam (California)

Charleen Beam is based at E45, Pine Mountain Lake Airport, Groveland, California. I currently fly a 1946 Aeronca Champ. I got my first ride in a J-3 Cub when I had about 10 hours of lessons and was completely hooked. Immediately after obtaining my Private Pilot’s license I got my taildragger rating. I have logged exactly zero hours in any other type of airplane…LOVE my taildragger! I l... Read More »

Lisa Leng     (Illinois)

Lisa Leng (Illinois)

Lisa Leng is based at C77, Poplar Grove Airport, Poplar Grove, Illinois. I am currently flying a J3 Cub. I have also flown a Champ. I got my seaplane rating in a J3 Cub at Jack Browns in Florida. My husband and I have built a couple airplanes together and I am currently recovering a J3 Cub. As you can tell I have a thing for cubs 🙂 Read More »

No Skis? Fly Anyway!

No Skis? Fly Anyway!

Taildragger 101  No skis? Fly anyway! by Dan Wilkins  This works for me. Maybe it will work for you.   The day was perfect for flying.  The only trouble was the field was covered with 2-3 inches of fresh snow. I knew the grass field was in good shape because I flew the day before the snowfall.    Upon arriving at the field I drove my car across the field and checked the tracks. It was easy cruisin... Read More »

Bailey Billen     (Tennessee)

Bailey Billen (Tennessee)

Bailey Billen is based at KMEM, Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee. I live in Memphis, TN and have been flying and skydiving since age 15. I fly the CRJ900 for Endeavor Air (Delta Connection) out of JFK. I got my tailwheel endorsement and solo in 2009 in a 1946 Champ, and that it still my favorite flight in my logbook! I love going back to the basics with GA flying when my work sche... Read More »

Jennifer Wenk     (North Carolina)

Jennifer Wenk (North Carolina)

Jennifer Wenk is based at KMRH, Michael J. Smith Field, Beaufort, North Carolina. Not only is the Champ’s new paint job beautiful, Jennifer looks pretty awesome in her LadiesLoveTaildraggers tshirt too! Jennifer’s pilot profile was first posted August 2014…………….. I’ve always walked around facing skyward but I didn’t actually get my pilot’... Read More »

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