Shalyn Applegate-Marchetti    (Missouri)

Shalyn Applegate-Marchetti (Missouri)

Shalyn Applegate-Marchetti is based at 15MO, Applegate Airport, Queen City, Missouri. Hello!! I have been a proud member of LLT since 2014, but so much has happened in the past four years that I feel the need to update my bio. I’ve long been passionate about flying. I was raised on a private airport in Northeast Missouri. I went flying for the first time at 3 weeks old, and I’ve spent many hours in planes since. I spent most of my life knowing that I was going to be a pilot. Fellow LLT member Sharon Tinkler fondly remembers me at age 8 confidently assuring her I was going to be a pilot. Between the age of 12-18 I momentarily lost interest in flying. I did it so much that I lost sight of the beauty of flying and lost the passion. However, at 18, the interest was re-sparked when I (nervously!!!) completed my first solo. At 19 I had obtained my private license with the same CFI that taught my grandmother, mother, and older sister to fly, Mr. Audrey Glass. That brings me up to when I originally joined LLT. I had a tailwheel endorsement and a private license, and plenty of time in the family J3 Cub. Since I originally joined, I went to ATP Flight School and completed my instrument, commercial single and multi, CFI, CFII, and MEI. I instructed for ATP for approximately six months, where I met my amazing husband, Alex who is also a pilot and the first person I signed off for a tailwheel endorsement. (I couldn’t marry a nosewheel-only pilot!!) I then transitioned to flying a King Air 200 for a private company, then went back to instructing. I spent the next year instructing in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I was privileged to meet and instruct LLT members Katelyn Pitman, Kylie Giffin, Mikaila Gillis, and Shay Londre, among many others. I came to positively love instructing (albeit, when you have great students, it’s pretty easy). However, in June 2018, the time had come to transition to the next phase of my career: I was hired as a First Officer for Piedmont Airlines. Airline training is difficult, but very rewarding. I’m hoping to receive my ATP and get out on the line soon! As always, I am so very grateful for this group and Judy Birchler for bringing us all together, and thank you to Sharon Tinkler for pointing me this direction! Back in time: 2014 Pilot Profile, Shalyn Applegate Shalyn (Shay) Applegate (Missouri)...

Nicole Lund     (Nebraska)

Nicole Lund (Nebraska)

Nicole Lund is based at KCBF, Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, Council Bluffs, Iowa. I am Nicole, 20 years old, and I am currently attending the University of Nebraska Omaha. I am studying aviation. Ratings: Instrument-rated Private Pilot Aircraft flown: Cessna 150, 172, and 182. Piper Cub and Piper Arrow Dream Taildragger: Champ...

Katie Shields     (Illinois)

Katie Shields (Illinois)

Katie Shields is currently based at KDWF, David Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, TX and is a flight instructor. I started flying a Citabria recently and love it! Just did my first aerobatic flight in a Decathlon! Ratings: CSEL, CMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI Aircraft flown: C152, C172, PA44, 7ECA, 8KCAB Dream Taildragger: Extra 300 Thoughts on taildragging: I love flying with a stick! It feels so much more natural!...

Laura Doornbos     (Illinois)

Laura Doornbos (Illinois)

Laura Doornbos is based at KBMI, Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington, Illinois. I flew in my first taildragger at 10 days old, thanks to my mom and dad who were both pilots and owned a Cessna 170 (straight model). As a kid our family trips and vacations revolved around where the 170 could get us (which was close to anywhere). It was a pretty awesome childhood. I have been around aviation my entire life. I soloed at 19, but life (college,marriage, and kids) sidetracked me for a few years. This past summer I FINALLY got back on track and got my Sport Pilot license in a our 46′ J-3 cub. I am finishing up the additional flying requirements for my private license that weren’t part of getting a sport pilot. My future goals include flying the Cessna 170 that has been in the family since 1983. Meanwhile, I enjoy flying the cub around, finding some grass strips and camping with our pilot friends. I hope along the way to create some more family trips and memories for my kids. I was able to attend the luncheon at OSH this past year. It was great to meet fellow lady taildragger pilots 🙂 Ratings: Sport Pilot Aircraft flown: Cessna 150 Cessna 172 Cessna 170 Piper J-3 Cub Dream Taildragger: Cessna 195 or a Beech Staggerwing Thoughts on taildragging: Being raised around them, I wouldn’t prefer anything else. While learning to fly, I appreciated how much the tailwheel teaches you about flying but challenges you at the same time....

Maggie Ulrich     (Wisconsin)

Maggie Ulrich (Wisconsin)

Maggie Ulrich is based at KOEO, Simenstad Municipal Airport, Osceola, Wisconsin. I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and decided I wanted to learn to fly after I graduated High School. I moved to Michigan and got my Airframe and Powerplant, then moved to Wisconsin to learn to fly. I got my Private Pilot License in a 7EC Champ which is by far my favorite airplane to fly. I then moved on to my Instrument Rating and am taking my Commercial checkride in a week and then hopefully on to my CFI soon after. I have found my life’s passion in flying and am beyond grateful to be pursuing an aviation career. I love connecting with other female pilots. I think female friendships and support are so important in aviation and navigating the weirdness of life. Ratings: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, A&P Aircraft flown: 7EC American Champion, Cessna 172, Bellanca GCBC, Bellanca 8KCAB, PA-24 Commanche, BE-76 Duchess, Cessna 150, Cessna 182, Beechcraft A36 Dream taildragger: Champion 7EC and Fairchild 71 Thoughts on taildragging: I love the nostalgia of flying tailwheels, it’s a classic and timeless form of flying. I love when I fly my Champ that I can feel everything the airplane feels and I’m truly “flying by the seat of my pants” and the additional challenges that brings....

Elizabeth “Scottie” Manzo     (Georgia)

Elizabeth “Scottie” Manzo (Georgia)

Elizabeth “Scottie” Manzo is based at KAUO, Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn, Alabama. I am from Gainesville, Georgia and a sophomore in the aviation program at Auburn University. My grandfather started teaching me to fly taildraggers when I turned 13 years old. Now I am excited to pursue a career in aviation, but maintain my hobby in tailwheel aircraft and aerobatics! Ratings: Private Pilot, SEL & SES, Instrument Rated Student Pilot, Gliders Aircraft flown: Cessna 150 (with a tailwheel conversion) Boeing PT-17 Stearman Taylorcraft BC-12D Piper J-3 Cub on floats Schleicher K-7 (Glider) Cessna 172SP Dream Taildragger: Pitts Model 12...

Mikki Kline     (Georgia)

Mikki Kline (Georgia)

Mikki Kline is based at 48A, Cochran Airport, Cochran, Georgia. Working on my Instrument rating and new owner of a warbird – not a taildragger, but it’s mine!  It is Japanese… a Fuji Nikko LM-1 My husband and I bought it from a local guy, in our little town of 5,000 people. Crazy how we ended up with it, but I love it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuji_LM-1_Nikko Ratings: PPL Aircraft flown: Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Pa-28, Fuji Nikko LM-1 Dream taildragger: DC-3 Thoughts on taildragging: It scares me a little, but determined to get my endorsement. My husband dreams of buying a DC-3, so I need to figure this out!...

Pat Hockett     (Kansas)

Pat Hockett (Kansas)

Pat Hockett is based at 51K, Cedar Air Park, Olathe, Kansas. I soloed in 1971 and am a flight instructor. I flew banners for several years, own and manage a privately owned public use airport (51K), have manufactured aircraft parts and assist in maintaining my own airplanes. I love airplanes and airplane people. Ratings: ATP, Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, Sea, Glider, Flight Engineer, CFII Aircraft flown: Globe Swift, J-3 Cub, Super Cub, Cherokee, C172, C175, C182, Stearman, Bonanza, Baron, C310, Apache and others. Dream taildragger: I love them all for there uniqueness. Thoughts on taildragging: I love that they challenge me to always know which way the winds are coming from and be mindful of the crosswind component....

Peggy Tucker     (Louisiana)

Peggy Tucker (Louisiana)

Peggy Tucker is based at a private airstrip, 68LS, Myrtle Grove Airport, Waterproof, Louisiana across the levee of the Mississippi River. I am married to pilot hubby Doc Charles Tucker and we enjoy aviation together. I’ve been a pilot for 7 years, living in Waterproof, LA, and we own a Texan AT6F, Stearman biplane and a Cessna Skylane. Ratings: Private pilot, Tailwheel endorsement, sea and land Aircraft flown: Cessna 150, 172 and 182, J3 Cub, Citabria, Stearman and AT6 Dream taildragger: P51, of course! Thoughts on taildragging: My husband bought our 450 Stearman in 2007 and sparked my wanting to “learn to land it” which pushed me into getting my pilot license. This started my love for taildraggers. I got my tailwheel endorsement in a Citabria and have time in a 200 Stearman and J3 Cub....

Rachel Scarbrough     (Texas)

Rachel Scarbrough (Texas)

Rachel Scarbrough is based at KAUS, Austin-Bergstrom Airport, Austin, Texas. I am a director of a competitive gymnastics team in Austin, TX. I have been coaching for over 10 years, and was a gymnast myself. I competed for the USA at the World Championships in 2001, and also qualified to the Olympic Trials in 2000. I just recently discovered my love for flying! I started working towards my private pilot’s license in February, and can’t wait to get it. After starting my flight lessons, I discovered that my grandma was actually a pilot! I never met my grandma, but it was exciting to hear that flying was in the family! I look forward to meeting other females that love aviation, and being part of the community! Ratings: Student pilot and future lady taildragger pilot! I am currently flying Cessna 152’s, and have flown a C172. Dream taildragger: Since I am new to aviation, that is still to be determined!...

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