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....

Pam Sprang (Georgia)

Pam Sprang (Georgia)

Pam is based at KCCO, Newnan Coweta County Airport in Newnan, GA. Pam is a part-time physical therapist and owns a Cessna 182. She holds many certificates including Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI… everything short of ATP, which is on her “to do” list! She has 20 hours in a J-3 Cub and 1.5 hours single engine sea plane. She has flown a Cessna 150, 152, 172, 182 (straight leg & retractable gear), Piper Seminole & Aztec, J-3 Cub on land & water, & probably more! Pam’s dream taildragger: Cessna 140Pam loves taildraggers because: Taildraggers are basic, traditional airplanes!...

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....

Ashli Blain    (Montana)

Ashli Blain (Montana)

Ashli is based at KBIL, Billings Logan Intl. Airport, Billings, Montana.  Ashli is 18 years old, is from a flying family and has been flying since she was 14. She feels fortunate that she has had many opportunities to fly different aircraft. Moving forward, Ashli plans to have a career in aviation. Ratings:Commercial RotorcraftCommercial Multi EngineInstrument AirplaneInstrument HelicopterPrivate Single EnginePrivate GliderS70 Type RatingCE525S Type Rating Aircraft flown:  PA18, C185, C180 and a Stearman! Ashli’s “dream” taildragger is a Ford Trimotor Thoughts on taildragging: She loves taildraggers because they’re just fun to fly!...

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!...

Sara Shapiro (Washington)

Sara Shapiro (Washington)

Sara is based at KOLM, Olympia Regional Airport, Olympia, Washington. I flew taildraggers long before you needed an endorsement! I learned to fly in a 150 and 152. I purchased a 170B in 1984. I bought the tail dragger after multiple trips to Alaska where I worked in the villages west of Bethel. Rating: SEL Dream taildragger: C185 and/or 195 Thoughts on tail dragging: The tail wheel taught me to swagger! I used to get insulted when men approached the plane and asked for the pilot. Now I just grin!...

Rosemarie Surette (Illinois)

Rosemarie Surette (Illinois)

Rosemarie Surette is based at 05C, Griffith-Merrillville Airport, Griffith, Indiana. I really love flying and meeting female pilots. I got hooked on taildraggers in Alaska and now own a C180. I am so excited to meet you all especially since you fly taildraggers and I’m sure I have a lot to learn from you. Ratings: Instrument and Commercial ASEL, AMEL, ASES Aircraft flown: C140, C152, C170, C172, C180, C182, C206, C20, PA30R, PA32, PA28, PA23, PA34R, 8KCAB, A-20, M7 Dream taildragger: C170 with float kit and 0-300 in it! Why I love taildraggers: You never stop flying them!...

Shay Londre (California)

Shay Londre (California)

Shay Londre is based at Santa Monica Municipal Airport, KSMO, in Los Angeles, California. I been flying off and on since 2013. I have friends with planes so I usually fly with them in a DA40 or Cirrus, or I fly a 172. I would love to get my taildragger endorsement. Shayln Marchetti was my flight instructor and introduced me to this group. Ratings: Single Engine Land Aircraft Flown: 172, DA40, Glider Dream Taildragger: I would love to fly a warbird....

Michelle O’Hare (Australia)

Michelle O’Hare (Australia)

Michelle is based at Bankstown Airport, YSBK, just west of Sydney, Australia. I fly for fun. I did my pilot training in a C172. This year I did my RAAUS tailwheel endorsement in a Super Legend Cub. I did my ski training this year in Alaska in a Piper Pacer. I’m coming to Oshkosh this year and after Oshkosh I’m going to Summit Aviation in Bentonville to train in the Husky. Ratings: PPL, RAAUS Pilot Certificate, RAAUS Tailwheel Endorsement Currently working on GA tailwheel endorsement and aerobatics endorsement Aircraft Flown: Super Legend Cub, Piper Pacer, American Champion Scout, C172, Robin 2160, BRM Bristell Dream Taildragger: Tiger Moth Thoughts on tail dragging: I love the challenge of flying the taildragger....

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