Brittany Phillippe (Oregon)

Brittany Phillippe (Oregon)

Brittany is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, in Bend, OR. She’s 23 years old and although she just started flying a year ago, she already has her PPL and IFR! She says she found her passion for aviation about two years ago and has been loving every minute ever since. Brittany just finished her tailwheel endorsement and got her spin endorsement at the same time. She says, “Flying taildraggers is the most fun I’ve had in a long time!” She is currently about 50 hours into her commercial training, and has close to 160 hours total time. She plans to get her CFI after finishing commercial and instruct for a bit. She then hopes to fly charter to get to the 1500 hour mark and fly for Horizon, eventually moving up to Alaska Air. Aircraft flown: Cessna 172, Cessna 150, Cessna 120, Piper Cherokee, Piper Archer Dream taildragger: CubCrafters XCub Why I love taildraggers: Taildraggers are so fun! The maneuverability and ability to land anywhere make them so appealing to me. I love being adventurous: hiking and camping. So to add flying into the mix and being able to land anywhere and explore is incredible to me....

Electra Bullard (Texas)

Electra Bullard (Texas)

Electra is based at KINK, Winkler County Airport, in Wink, TX where her family owns and operates Fandango Air FBO. She is a 16 year old student pilot who soloed at 16 in a Maule. She will do her checkride for her PPL on 10/10/19, her 17th birthday. Electra’s family owns a Maule M5 180C, which she flies along with a 1956 Cessna 180 that her dad flies, and a 1959 Cessna 182B which belongs to her grandfather. Aircraft flown: Maule M5 180CCessna 180Cessna 182Maule M4 220Maule MXT 7 180 Dream taildragger: Beech 18 Why Electra loves taildraggers: They are much more challenging to fly!...

Greta Liebeler (Virginia)

Greta Liebeler (Virginia)

Greta is based at KPSK, New River Valley Airport, in Dublin, VA, although her heart remains in her home airport KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, CA where she learned to fly. There she earned her tailwheel endorsement, completed Emergency Maneuver Training, and started flying basic aerobatics. She has relocated to Blacksburg, VA for school, looking for as many opportunities as possible to fly tailwheel on the east coast. Aircraft flown: Citabria, Decathlon, Super Decathlon, Pitts S-2B, C-150, C-152, C-182, C-172 Dream taildragger: Pitts S-2B and a Cessna 180 Greta says, “I love taildraggers because of the feeling you get when you grease a wheel landing. Also, all the aerobatic planes I have flown have been taildraggers.”...

Deborah Shuman (Wisconsin)

Deborah Shuman (Wisconsin)

Deborah is based at Mauston-New Lisbon Union Airport, New Lisbon, Wisconsin. She has approximately 3500 hours and was a Basic Flight Instructor for about 10 years. She also did crop dusting. She just loves to fly whenever she can. She was the founding secretary of her EAA chapter. Her runway and the runway at Volk Field Air National Guard Base are 1.5 miles apart. She says she works with the tower there and jet traffic all the time. Volk Field is class D airspace when they are open. So flying is always only done with contacting the tower. Many times there are jets in the air so coordination with the tower and the jets is essential when departing or returning for landing. Her turn for base is only several hundred feet from KVOK’s runway. Deborah states, “They are amazing to work with.  They work with you to shoot ILS’s and love to watch you do fly bys when they are not busy. It is amazing to fly with the jets and watch them train all the time.” Deborah has a 24-7 air show.  She says that it is amazing living where she lives and flying with the guys that keep her freedom safe so that she is able to fly as she does.  Aircraft flown: Challenger II, Quicksilver MXL, MXL II SPORT, Cessna 150, Mooney, Cherokee, Aeroprakt, Cub, Taylorcraft. Dream taildragger: I just love them all!...

Morgan Murphey (Tennessee)

Morgan Murphey (Tennessee)

Morgan is based at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN. She has been flying since she was in diapers, soloed at sixteen, private pilot’s license at seventeen, all with her father as her instructor flying from a 1700 foot grass strip her dad made on their farm. She went to college at Middle Tennessee State University for Criminal Justice (to become a lawyer for sexual assault victims) and Aerospace. It was not until after college she realized that she was going to be a professional pilot. It was her pride and joy. She landed an awesome gig flying for Go Fly TV and her job was basically to get her Instrument Rating while being filmed for a documentary. It was one of the best experiences she had ever had. Currently she is a corporate pilot out of TYS with the same burning passion she has always kept for flying. She is a big trail runner, backpacker, animal lover, vegetarian, festival goer, wine enthusiast, and traveler. She loves the outdoors and meeting new people. She has little fear other than not living her life to the best of her ability. She says that she has been lucky that she truly has never cared what the world was trying to make her to be and just be who she is: a damn female pilot with no knowledge of the word “can’t”! Aircraft flown: Cessna: 150, 152, 172, 175, Cardinal 177RG, 182, 310, Citation Mustang, and Citation XKing Air: 90, 200, 250, 350Piper Super Cub, Piper Cherokee 180, Diamond DA 40, Cirrus Vision Jet, Cirrus SR 22, Mx 7 Maule, Twin Baron, Premier RA 390, Cardinal 177RG182, 310, Citation Mustang, and Citation XKing Air: 90, 200, 250, 350Piper Super Cub, Piper Cherokee 180, Diamond DA 40, Cirrus Vision Jet, Cirrus SR 22, Mx 7 Maule, Twin Baron, Premier RA 390 Dream taildragger: P-51 Mustang with a man posed on the side in skimpy clothing! Why I love taildraggers: Because it’s real flying fun, you can’t stop flying this plane, you cannot stop working at it. Well that is my Maule at least… I flew a Super Cub and it was easy and just “plane” fun. I love how they can take off and land in such short distances and, let’s be honest, they are all beautiful. Plus it doesn’t matter how short you are because absolutley no one can actually see over the cockpit of a taildragger. Keep in mind these are my opinions in the taildraggers I have been in. I’m sure there is plenty that is different out there from what I have said!! I just love the pure look of shock on people’s faces when they are saying, “WHY would you work so hard to fly?” I just always say, “Why not!”...

Laura Geraghty (California)

Laura Geraghty (California)

Laura is based at KMYF, Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego, CA.  Laura is originally from Ireland. She moved here when she turned 20 to become a pilot. Her father is an American citizen so she had an easy time getting a green card. This was great because she says she couldn’t have made it to PPL in Ireland as it’s even more expensive. She worked as a dispatcher for six years in a very busy FBO while she worked on her private licence. A couple years after her private, she worked as a camera operator in aerial survey. She says she’s easy going and always up for some fun! Ratings: Private, High Performance Aircraft Flown: C172, C150, C182, C206, Be36T, SR22, Da42, Da40, Pa28, and M20 Safety pilot a few times Laura’s dream taildragger: Because I have access to a Citabria in my local club I’d have to say that one! of course the Stearman wasn’t too shabby! Laura’s thoughts on tail dragging: I love the laid back culture that tailwheelies epitomize....

Brighton Hutton (Missouri)

Brighton Hutton (Missouri)

Brighton is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, TX. Brighton is a new pilot and is falling in love with taildraggers. She will be in St. Louis soon and is looking for a good place to fly there. She is between Houston and St. Louis at the moment and would love to meet other women pilots. She is the only girl in her aero clinic and would like to meet women who fly in the St. Louis area. Ratings: I have private, high performance/complex and one hour in a Citabria. Aircraft flown: Bonanza V Tail, Cessna, Piper Warrior, Citabria Brighton’s dream taildragger: Starduster Brighton’s thoughts on tail dragging: It feel like it’s where I belong when I am in the sky....

Lakshmi Vempati (Virginia)

Lakshmi Vempati (Virginia)

Lakshmi is based at KVKX, Potomac Airfield, Friendly, Maryland. I have been a pilot since 2001. I love to fly to exotic destinations for that $500 vegeburger. Ratings: Private pilot, instrument rated. Tailwheel and complex rating. Aircraft Flown: C152, C172, PA28 (Warrior, Archer, Arrow), Grumman Tiger, Piper J3 Cub, Citabria Dream Taildragger: Stearman...

Hannah Strausz (Kansas)

Hannah Strausz (Kansas)

Hannah Strausz is based at 47K, Moundridge Municipal Airport, Moundridge, Kansas. I am an 18 year old girl who got involved in aviation about 4 years ago. I recently graduated high school but started an aviation club as a senior project. My goal is to become a pilot as soon as possible. Aircraft flown: I haven’t landed anything yet but have been given rides in B17, T6, T28, Citabria, Cessna 140, Cessna 182, Cessna 180, and Cherokee 140. Dream Taildragger: Cessna 140 Thoughts on taildraggers: They’re the best!...

LLT Scholarship Winner, Revisited

LLT Scholarship Winner, Revisited

In 2018, member Summer Papple from Ontario, Canada, won a LLT Scholarship to earn a tailwheel endorsement. She was fortunate to have received the instruction from Debby Rihn-Harvey. Debby’s achievements include a 27 year long career as an airline pilot, the longest-standing U.S. Aerobatic Team member, male or female, having participated in 15 World Aerobatic Championships, more than any other pilot. I caught up with Summer – it’s not an easy thing to do:) – a couple of weeks ago to see what she’s been up to in the past year. Check out my interview with her and just try and catch your breath! You live on a farm – please tell us about it. My husband, Tyler, and I live on a farm north of London with our son, Oliver, and daughter, Lacey, along with a few house cats and a Great Dane cross dog!  We used to grow a lot of field vegetables and strawberries and also had greenhouses for bedding plants and rented an orchard before we switched to strictly field crops.  We now grow corn, soybeans, and cover crops and we dry all our corn with a wood-fired furnace that my husband built.  We also have an assortment of laying hens and ducks that our kids hatched and our son has some veal calves.  Our kids grow and sell sweet corn at local farmers’ markets.  You certainly haven’t been flying for long and you’ve come a very long way in a short time. How did you get interested in getting your pilot’s licence? Our son, Oliver, got interested in flying 7 years ago when he was 12.  He had money saved from working on the farm and he started flight training.  My first flight in a small plane didn’t come until a few years later when one of the local pilots from our son’s COPA flight offered to take Tyler and I along on a flight he had invited Oliver on with him.  It was a short flight from Centralia/CYCE to Stratford/CYSA for a fly-in breakfast.  That short flight was all it took – I was hooked!  Together, Tyler and I started PPL groundschool and began discussing how we could justify the expense in the long-term.  We settled on the idea of offering sightseeing, and set about looking for a suitable plane that we could use for training and for our future business.  With the help of local AME friends we found the perfect plane – a beautiful 1969 Cessna 172K with a 180 hp conversion and a Garmin 430. What ratings have you acquired in this short period of time? My first flight lesson was 4 years ago – June 29th, 2015.  I earned my PPL in Feb. 2016, CPL in March 2017, single-engine instrument in April 2018, tailwheel endorsement (through a Ladies Love Taildraggers scholarship) in July 2018, multi-engine rating in Nov. 2018, and multi-engine instrument in March 2019.  I now also hold a King Air 200 Type Rating! You’ve also done all the paperwork to receive your Air Operator’s Certificate from Transport Canada. What is Papple Aviation doing with that? Applying for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Transport Canada, with minimal aviation background, was challenging and a lot of work!  I started the application before I had earned my CPL and it was 15 months before I was issued the certificate.  I now hold a 702/703 Air Operator Certificate and offer sightseeing, air taxi, aerial photography, and related services.  My husband, Tyler, earned his CPL last summer so now he does the flights when I’m not available.  We’re close to 4 local airports so we offer flights from any of those airports and also from our farm strip when the wind and passenger weights are suitable.  In addition to our regular services, we also fly two of the local conservation authorities for aerial monitoring of watersheds, bank erosion along Lake Huron, and flooding concerns.  Some of our more unique flights included a flight to locate a missing cow and a flight for family members to spread a loved one’s ashes.   Tell us about your airplane, new home strip, and hangar. C-FPAP, our Cessna 172K is 50 years old this year!  It has a beautiful red and black velour interior that has a Vegas showroom feel!  We keep it on our farm strip 30 nm north of London/CYXU.  Our strip is 2700′ long x 60′ wide but we have just extended it about 500′ to give us a larger safety margin.  With the 180 hp engine our plane performs very well and we can safely and easily take full fuel and 4 adults.  Last fall we built a hangar with boards from our sawmill. We still have the doors to complete this summer but it’s nice to have the plane under cover in the meantime.  We have a door on each end so that we start up inside, taxi out, turn around, and drive back through the hangar to line up on the runway.  I love having the plane at home, it’s so close and convenient.  When we first got our licences our kids were still in Air Cadets in a neighbouring town and we had an extra old car that we left at that airport.  We would fly them to Air Cadets, drive into town for groceries, then stuff the groceries in the luggage compartment and fly home!   Your latest venture is flying a King Air as a Medevac First Officer with Missinippi Airways. Where have you flown and what have been the highlights of this new experience? I was hired by Missinippi Airways in April 2019 and went to The Pas, Manitoba for training on their King Air 200s.  The planes felt like a big jump in size compared to what I was used to but the training was such a positive experience.  I fly Medevac in Manitoba and Nunavut on 13 day rotations and I rotate between our 3 northern bases each rotation:  The Pas, Norway House, and Thompson.  It’s now mid-June and I’m half way through my second rotation and really enjoying the flying and interesting places we go to.  The highlight of my first rotation was a trip to Baker Lake, Nunavut, which was like stepping back into the middle of winter (in May!) though -12 degrees Celcius probably felt balmy to residents of the community!  We also had a trip to Arviat, Nunavut with a fuel stop in Churchill that rotation.   This rotation we’ve had a lot of trips to reservations and small communities in Manitoba, many that don’t have road access.  One community we went to twice this rotation involves going part way by boat to pick up the patient because the airport and community are on different sides of a lake.  On most trips I get to go along with our nurse to the nursing station or clinic to pick up the patient. It’s so interesting getting a glimpse of these communities that I wouldn’t otherwise have had an opportunity to see.  A highlight for me this rotation was meeting up with my wonderful single-engine instructor and friend, Dave, who flies a BirdDog for fire detection in Ontario but happened to be sent to Manitoba during my rotation.  After hearing each other on the radio a few times we both ended up in Thompson at the same time.  We got together to catch up and show each other our planes. My crew left first in the morning, while Dave was sitting in his plane ready to go, and he watched me take off (the captain and I take turns flying the plane and that leg was my turn). At the end of the day my crew had to return to Thompson with another patient and I was standing on the apron when Dave landed! Many of the runways we land on are gravel or crushed rock, so it’s a good mix of experience operating at small uncontrolled airports and Winnipeg airport with SIDs and busy airspace.  I’m learning so much and really enjoying the experience and people!   You won a LLT scholarship to earn a tailwheel rating with Debby Rihn-Harvey. Do you see any tail dragging in your future? I would love to do more tailwheel flying. Training with Debby was an incredible opportunity!  At this point I don’t have concrete long-term aviation plans, I’m just enjoying where I am in my aviation path at the moment and the mix of flying my 172 when I’m home and the King Air when I’m on rotation. ...

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