Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, 2019Airport Identifier: KIER Ladies, please join me for a long weekend of flying and fun in the small town where the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed. Our 2019 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in is heading deep into the heart of Cajun country, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Natchitoches, pronounced “Nack-a-Tish” is a true southern belle, the oldest permanent settlement in Louisiana, predating even the Big Easy. Think antebellum mansions, stately oaks, brick-lined streets and crawfish and you’re on the right track. KIER Natchitoches Regional Airport2 Asphalt Runways 17/35 5000′ & 7/25 4000′Unicom: 122.8, Elevation 121′ Camping free on the field. Shower(s) and restrooms available 24/7 Motel Group Rate: Chateau Saint Denis Hotel Make your reservation by September 1 and ask for Ladies Love Taildraggers’ special group rate. Prices will be much higher September 2 and rooms may no longer be available. This hotel is perfectly located in the center of the downtown National Landmark Historic District and easy walking distance to restaurants, shopping and museums. Preliminary Itinerary Thursday, October 3, Early Arrival Day (most will join us Thursday)– Arrive anytime and explore the historic district, take a plantation tour, or visit the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame– Dinner options historic Natchitoches, Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant, Mama’s Oyster House, Blues Room or your choice– After dinner evening gathering, outdoor patio Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. Hotel bar or bring your own beverage. Friday, October 4– 10 a.m. Steel Magnolias & National Historic Landmarks Walking Tour with local historian. Meet in Lobby of Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. – Noon Lunch, your choice– OR 10:00 a.m. fly-out to the Jennings Stearman & Taildragger Fly-in, Lunch at DI’s Cajun Restaurant LA52, 82 nm– 1:15 Free Oakland Plantation Tour. Group decision whether to continue to Melrose Plantation Tour $12.– 4:00 p.m. KIER Taildragger ride swap!– Silent Auction Bidding; benefits LLT Scholarship Fund (bring your donations!) – Attendees group photo – Dinner options historic Natchitoches, Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant, Mama’s Oyster House, Blues Room or your choice – After dinner evening gathering, outdoor patio Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. Hotel bar or bring your own beverage. Saturday, October 5– 8 a.m. Fly-out breakfast to 2L0, EAA Chapter 614, Pineville Municipal Airport– Optional morning touring or shopping– Noon cookout lunch at airport– 1:30 Plane Walk & Talk, a show & tell with you and your plane – 1:30 LLT partnering with LA Tech University’s WIA Chapter & the Ninety-Nines for “WIA’s Girls In Aviation Day”; promoting aviation to girls 8 – 17. – Silent Auction Bidding; benefits LLT Scholarship Fund (bring your donations!) – 5:45 Attendees KIER Saturday group photo – 6:00 Main Hangar – wine, beer & hors d’oeuvres– 6:45 ‘Taste of Louisiana’ Catered Dinner – 7:30 Announcements, 50/50 raffle & presentation of silent auction winners– 8:00 Guest speaker Airshow pilot Jacquie Warda, “Be Fit – Be Strong – Fly Like A Girl!”– Late night gathering, outdoor patio Chateau Saint Denis Hotel. Hotel bar or bring your own beverage. Sunday, October 6– a.m. Hugs & departures! Final thoughts: – Hope you love the destination as much as I do! – Our fly-in has been approved by the Natchitoches mayor, airport board, airport manager, and the Wings Over Natchitoches organization. They are all on-board and excited LadiesLoveTaildraggers is hosting our next flyin at Natchitoches. Offers of assistance with transportation, planning, hangar space, and more have been graciously offered and accepted. – As of last year’s LLT Haunted Flying Tour, stiletto heels are our new trademark. Bring a pair of the sexiest, most outlandish heels, whether they fit or not, and place them by your aircraft! – Due to popularity, we are making this a ladies only event so leave your husbands & boyfriends behind for some fun flying, exploring & celebrating with the gals. Let’s have the biggest turnout EVER in 2019! FYI, to keep a handle on fly-in crowd size, registration is necessary. If you plan on attending, please register. I understand it all comes down to weather in the end and all of us are at its mercy. Your registration is a huge help to me and answers many questions. Thanks and hope to see you in Louisiana! Please complete the following registration form. Prepayment for catered Saturday evening dinner required during registration.
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