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!...

Sarah Shrader     (Wisconsin)

Sarah Shrader (Wisconsin)

Sarah Shrader is based at KRHI, Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, Rhinelander, Wisconsin. For some unknown reason, I developed a severe fear/phobia of flying as an adult. It was affecting my life in numerous negative ways and became something I needed to address. I tried a Fear of Flying program (SOAR). It helped but not enough. All of the people, places & situations aligned and I found a local flight instructor willing to try to help me. “I’m not a psychologist. I teach people how to fly. But if you’re willing to try, I’m willing to try.” That first meeting was November, 2014. After many intense hours (read here, “lots and lots of crying”) 🙂 I soloed in June 2015 and got my PPL in December 2015. This past October, I bought my own airplane, a taildragger. She’s a 1941 Piper J4 Cub Coupe named Marvel. I helped with her annual and all of maintenance that comes along with an old bird, learning, learning, learning. What a glorious journey this is!! Ratings: Private Pilot SEL with High Performance, Complex and TW Aircraft flown: C172, C182, J4 Dream taildragger: Oh, there’s so many I need to try first! 🙂 Thoughts on taildragging: I feel as if flying taildraggers will forever be a challenge, therefore making me a better pilot....

Ashley Benton     (Oklahoma)

Ashley Benton (Oklahoma)

Ashley Benton is based at KPWA, Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Been flying for a few years now and on my way to the Airlines. I had so much fun in Alaska flying last summer getting my tailwheel endorsement. One day I would love to own a Carbon cub! Ratings: Commercial, Instrument single engine, High performance, Tailwheel Endorsement, Complex, Spin training Aircraft flown: C-172, C-152, C-182, Grumman Cheetah, Piper Cherokee, Piper Apache, Cessna 310, Piper Arrow, C-150, and Stinson Dream Taildragger: Carbon Cub What do you love about taildragging? So much fun. Who doesn’t?!...

Julia Clare Cornay     (Tennessee)

Julia Clare Cornay (Tennessee)

Julia Clare Cornay is based at KLUG, Ellington Airport, Lewisburg, Tennessee. I live in Franklin, TN and have a 1949 Aeronca Champ! I love hopping around Tennessee and flying cross-country. Last summer, my dad and I flew the champ from Columbia, CA all the way to Lafayette, LA and back to Franklin, TN in five days. Talk about spending a long time in a little plane!! I am currently working on my commercial certificate and CFI. Can’t wait to meet some awesome ladies who love to fly 🙂 Ratings: Private Pilot, Instrument Rated, Taildragger Endorsement, Basic Ground Instructor. Aircraft flown: Cessna 150 and 172, Diamond 20, Aeronca Champ. Dream taildragger: My dream taildragger is a Super Cub with tundra tires so I could land that thing anywhere. Thoughts on taildragging: I love taildraggers because I come from a long line of pilots who all learned in, and love, taildraggers. And because our little taildragger is where my dad and I truly bond and reconnect....

Sara Schwerin     (Montana)

Sara Schwerin (Montana)

Sara Schwerin is based at KBZN, Bozeman Yellowstone Intl Airport, Bozeman, Montana. I got my private pilot’s license about 20 years ago but took a long break from flying to focus on my career in NYC, working in Mergers & Acquisitions. I stopped working in 2014, got my instrument rating, and the next year, I flew my Lancair Columbia 300 to Montana where I now live with my husband (also a pilot) and two children. I spend part of my time sitting on boards of non-profits trying to make the world a better place, and the rest of my time actively pursuing a long list of hobbies: flying, skiing, hiking, trail running, scuba diving and oil painting. In 2018, I went to FlightSafety and learned to fly a Pilatus PC-12 NG. Later that summer I learned to fly an Aviat Husky A-1C. The Husky is my primary focus these days, and I am working on building up my backcountry and mountain flying skills in preparation for a trip to Alaska. Ratings: Private pilot, Instrument rated, Tailwheel endorsement, high altitude endorsement. Aircraft flown: Grumman American, Lancair Columbia 300, Pilatus PC-12 NG, Aviat Husky A-1C. Dream Taildragger: I already own it – the Husky! Thoughts on taildragging: I love to explore, and that is what taildraggers are made for. It is a totally different experience than flying a Point A to Point B airplane. My favorite thing to do is to go “surfing” in the mountains around Bozeman in the Husky – riding the thermal currents up and down, following ridge lines, always thinking about my way out, watching elk herds. Flying over a high mountain pass at a 45 degree angle feels like I am in an IMAX movie. It’s exhilarating. I can’t wait to take the plane into the backcountry to camp where no one else can find me....

Christy Anderson     (Arkansas)

Christy Anderson (Arkansas)

Christy Anderson is based at KORK, North Little Rock Municipal Airport, North Little Rock, Arkansas. I am 50ish. I solo’d at 24, earned PPL at 25. When I told my mom that I was learning to fly she said “if you want to fly why don’t you just become a stewardess.” I told her that I didn’t want to ride, I wanted to be in charge and actually do the flying! I married my flight instructor. We own a 135 operation – we specialize in helicopter/UAV services for the public utility industry. We have 2 sons. One is a pilot and mechanical engineer, the other is a soon-to-be famous musician in Nashville. I have had long periods of time where I have not flown due to family demands, and staying current became one more dadgum thing I had to do. But that is about to change. Rusty Pilot no more. I’m hoping to make new aviation girlfriends. If you’re ever in the area, give me a call. Ratings: Private – SEL, Glider Aircraft flown?…. as in by myself? Or have time in… Let’s see. Bell 206 helicopter R22/44 Stearman biplane Supercub J3 C172 C150/152 A bunch more but that would require the other log book Dream taildragger: A Great Lakes Biplane and my J3 Thoughts on taildragging: Because they are just more fun, a lot more challenging, and people think you’re badass if you fly one....

Cheryl Kraemer     (Texas)

Cheryl Kraemer (Texas)

Cheryl Kraemer is based at 2KL, Sunrise Beach Airport, Sunrise Beach Village, Texas, and looking forward to getting her tailwheel endorsement. I got my private in 2000. Life was busy working full time and flying took the back seat. When I retired in 2015 we bought a Grumman Tiger, I got current and got back in the left seat! Now our flying is just local and we are no longer into the long cross country trips. We sold the Tiger and have a Cub to fly. I have been in the 99s for many years and love how we support each other. I also am active with the AYA in which we have many great friends. Ratings: Private Pilot Aircraft flown: Cessna 150Beechcraft SundownerGrumman Tiger Dream Taildragger: Piper Cub While living on the Sugar Plantation, we had a grass strip in our back yard. We have a 1947 Piper Cub we would take up in the evenings. It was so peaceful and you can see everything! Just fun to fly!...

Jessica Vanderzwaag     (Missouri)

Jessica Vanderzwaag (Missouri)

Jessica Vanderzwaag is based at 1MO, Mountain Grove Memorial Airport, Mountain Grove, Missouri. I am a veteran of the Air Force and was introduced to flying by an old friend. I had no idea my PPL was an option and made it work, even though it took a little while. I come from a big family whose parents taught me to work hard for my dreams – that I am capable of anything if I put my mind to it. Ratings: Private Pilot 🙂 I have flown a Cessna 152, 150, 172. I have also flown a Luscombe and Globe Swift (but never taken off or landed these two since I do not have my tailwheel endorsement yet.) Taildragger thoughts: The dream is to own my own taildragger and possibly airstrip one day. Big goals! Some of the coolest airplanes are taildraggers! The Piper Cub will always be a favorite along with Stearman’s, Waco’s, and all the other fun taildraggers. They all have something different to offer! Vote at:

Stinson 108-2 For Sale by Member

Stinson 108-2 For Sale by Member

Stephanie Belser contacted me this morning with the news she is selling her Stinson 108-2.  Stephanie writes, “Last year I developed a medically-disqualifying condition. I had to give up flying. My Stinson is for sale, so if anyone in the Midwest is interested in a flying 4-seat taildragger (not the nicest looking, maybe), feel free to drop me a line. I did leave the airplane at KFAM and it’s being cared for.”  Anyone interested, please email me at for Stephanie’s contact info.  Previous post: Stephanie Belser has relocated from New York to KFAM, Farmington, Missouri. Here’s the latest from Stephanie. “I have moved from New York to Farmington, Missouri.  Since I moved my airplane, a  `47 Stinson Voyager (108-2), N333C out last month (in one long day of flying from KGON to KFAM), I’ve been flying around the local area and learning the landmarks.” Stephanie sent along a nice write up about flying her Stinson from NY to its new home base at KFAM she wrote for Avsig. Thursday afternoon (May 18th), I got a ride from a friend to STL and rode two UAL RJs to PVD, where a friend picked me up. From the time I left Farmington to arrival at my friend’s house was 9.5 hours. I had originally planned the flight with stops at N79, PHD and HFY. HFY was chosen for its supply of motels in the vicinity, since I was hoping to do the flight in early April; a straight push through would have meant that the last couple of hours then would have been into a setting sun. I also planned for a headwind and 11-12 hours in flight would have meant for too long a day. I also didn’t have much hope that I’d luck into a good day for the entire trip, I planned on being able to set down and spend a day or so for the weather to clear, or to do the legs of the flight only in the morning before thunderstorms fired up. I did an extensive pre-flight the day before; had the line guys top the tanks to make up for evaporative losses over the previous five weeks, took the wheel pants off to add air to the mains (and put them back on), added oil to bring it up to the 7 qt mark, looked around for birdies and brought some stuff out to the airplane. Navigation, well, I may have been a little much there. I chose a route that was between VORs, even if the radials weren’t airways. I set the routes into my Garmin 195 and I had lines drawn on the charts. But there was a tailwind until the mid-afternoon and it was pretty decent in the morning. Stopping at N79 would have put me on the ramp with less than two hours of flying, so I pushed on to State College, PA. I went into UNV because landing at the other two airports there (N96 or PSB) would have meant screwing around somewhat with UNV’s Class D, so I figured what the hell, just land there. That was 2.4 hours. The GA facility at UNV is really nice. (It was the only time that I talked to any flavor of ATC.) The only traffic I saw was a FedEx C-208 that landed just after I did, though I did hear a United RJ coming up on freq for departure after I left. 2.4 hours from GON to UNV. I was away from GON before the tower opened, I cruised at 4,500′ for this leg. I had Unicom up on the radio as I flew towards the Carmel VOR, I heard a Cessna calling in on a 45 to the downwind at 44N. I radioed him and asked him to say “hi” for me at the desk. He said that he would. I pushed it on the second leg, 2.9 hours to I12, Sidney, OH, which I flew at 8,500′. Not only was it getting to be a hot day and I wanted to fly in cool air, it was a nice ride. There is a huge test-track surrounding an airport called “Transportation Research”, approx. 40-19N, 083-33W, just southeast of East Liberty, OH. The air over eastern Ohio had a funny smell to it. I landed at Sidney because that was not only the name of my mother’s dad, my sister named her dog that. It was a good thing that I was using redundant nav, as the GPS went “poor satellites” 20 miles out of Sidney. The last several miles I followed some railroad tracks to the town and found the airport. They were super nice at Sidney; a couple of women came out from the office and assisted me in fueling. Very pleasant facility and the airport manager came out to chat as I ate a sandwich. They have sodas and water in a fridge, pay on the honor system. I added a quart of oil to bring it back up to the 7-qt mark. I saw two airplanes land at I12 while I was there, making it the busiest airport of the day. Out of Sidney, that’s when I initially climbed to 10,500′. Really, that was because I wanted to see if I could get up that high, even if the VSI had to switch over into “calendar mode”. One does not simply fly into Mordor. DCY was the next stop, because I thought that shorter legs would be better for the last part of the trip.  Navigation was a little weird, as there is an interstate under construction that does not show up on the St. Louis sectional (better that than a 3,000′ tower). 2.0 hours to DCY. I landed there a little after 4PM local time, the guy in the airport building was more interested in cleaning up than anything else. Other than that, I saw not a soul or an airplane in motion. I did hear one guy call in on Unicom just after I left.The last leg to Farmington was at 4,500′. That got me out of the “weekend sightseeing” altitude, but I didn’t try to go over the scattered clouds, for they might have built up too high. Also, my route of flight took me under the Red Hills MOA, but if I wanted to chance going above the clouds, I’d have called Indy Center. About all I can say of the last leg is that it was summertime afternoon flying, but no thunderstorms. I ended up bagging VOR hopping and went for GPS direct to shave a few minutes. GPS again went “poor satellites” as I crossed the Mississippi River. I had the FAM VOR dialed in anyway, I used that and I was able to pick up a road I knew, MO state route 32, which runs from Ste. Genevive (“Ste. Gen” in the local parlance) to Farmington. 2.0 hours there from DCY. 9.4 flying hours, 11.5 hours en route, 13 hours door-to-door. I had to open the GPS manual to refresh myself on how to activate a route (it’s been several years <g>), I managed to cut open a finger on something while loading the baggage compartment (blood, bandaids) and when I arrived at FAM, I had to fit and trim new tiedown ropes. All that added time. My airplane is in a shade hangar (which is why I needed the ropes).  After a few flights, I became rather paranoid about smacking a hangar support with a wingtip, so this was my painting job for the weekend (6/16). The white stripes should be obvious (and the airplane is a little bit off-center).  The red stripes are warning stripes, they give about a 6″ warning of “you’re going to hit the hangar, moron”.  They’ll save time, because I was always stopping while moving the airplane in and out to see if there was indeed room between the hangar supports and the wingtips. Stephanie Belser KFAM, Farmington, Missouri...

Kristena Cook     (Kentucky)

Kristena Cook (Kentucky)

Kristena Cook is based at KLOU, Bowman Field, Louisville, Kentucky. I have two daughters, 14 and 9. They’re excited I’m a pilot. I have been flying almost two years and also a full-time student at Eastern Kentucky University and will have my Bachelor’s degree in May. I am an active member in 99s, WAI, OBAP, and Bowman Eagles (tailwheel flying club). I am always excited and eager to be around airplanes. I work at SDF for American Airlines. It’s been 3 and a half years I’ve been there and I’m grateful. Ratings: PPL SEL JULY 11, 2018 Aircraft flown: C172, Citabria, Piper Warrior Dream taildragger: Citabria ~ I hope to own one someday! Thoughts on taildragging: It seems different with the center of balance. The little bitty wheel on the back is so cool! The landing nose-heavy descent is so different than a C172, but I love it. I’ve been in love with flying these aircraft since I first got in one January 2018.❤️...

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