Michelle Snodgrass     (Indiana)

Michelle Snodgrass (Indiana)

Michelle Snodgrass is based at KCFJ, Crawfordsville Regional Airport, Crawfordsville, Indiana. I’m a mother to 3 wonderful children; Michael (18), Autumn (4), and Ainsley (3). I’m married to a very loving and supportive man, Taylor, who is flight training with me. I work as a pharmacist for a retail chain and also have a Master’s degree in theology. While studying for my theology degree I used to bike by the airport and dream of flying. I never pursued this dream because I thought I couldn’t do it as a female. I forgot the dream and moved on with my life. This year I went to the Dayton Airshow. As I watched Vicky Benzing send her plane into tumbles, I realized my excuses were crushed and it was time to give the dream a try. Ratings: Student pilot Aircraft flown: Cessna 172 and Super Decathlon Dream Taildragger: Pitt’s Special or Extra 300 Thoughts on taildragging: I love taildraggers because they are awesome aerobatic planes. Also, they have sticks and no yokes! I don’t like yokes (short people problems, always jamming into my legs when I can actually reach the pedals)....

Stephanie Bensinger     (Florida)

Stephanie Bensinger (Florida)

Stephanie Bensinger is based at 9FL1, Flying W Air Ranch Airport, Bushnell, Florida. Soloed in 1984 and flew ultralights until Sport Pilot came along. I now build, repair, and fly Experimentals. I’ve been planning to join for a while now, and a trip I just took with my BFF in a taildragger triggered the desire to follow through. Last weekend I flew a Rans S-20 from central Florida to southern Kentucky and back with Cassandra Bradley (who also registered here this week), and we had incredible fun. I’m uploading some pictures of the trip. The first is on the way north. There’s much more I could write about the trip, but I’ll leave it at that. Thank you, Judy, for putting this all together! Ratings: Sport Pilot, SEL, SES Aircraft flown: Teratorn Tierra UL, Rans S-4 Coyote, Aventura II, CGS Hawk Arrow II, CGS Hawk Sport, Groppo Trail, Rans S-20 Raven. (These are just the planes I have built. There are many more on the list, including EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast.” Dream taildragger: Rans S-21 Outback. Thoughts on taildragging: The same reason I prefer manual transmission cars. The more control I have over the machine, the more deep the experience, be it traveling down a road or feeling the slipstream of flight. There’s also deep satisfaction in a perfectly executed shift or a grass-tickling three point. I can’t discount the bragging rights, either. There are few men, and fewer women, who can competently fly taildraggers....

Cassandra Bradley     (Florida)

Cassandra Bradley (Florida)

Cassandra Bradley is based at X55, Mid Florida Airport, Eustis, Florida. I’m a 47 year old network administrator. Married but separated. I never had any children but I love my kitties! My uncle used to be a flight instructor many years ago and used to take me for rides in his Cessna 175 back when I was a teenager. That got me interested but his plane was destroyed in a fire and he didn’t get another one until decades later. For me, regular life took over, along with the whole adulting thing and I came to regard flying as strictly a thing for rich people and sort of forgot about it for many years. I recently met a friend who has a hangar next to her house and a grass runway behind it. She’s teaching me how to fly a plane and I gave her some lessons in aerial photography from a drone. No actual ratings at the moment. I fly a drone every now and then at work and am studying for the Part 107 test. I’m also getting whatever instruction and time at the controls I can get in my friend’s Rans S20 taildragger. Aircraft flown: Rans S20 Raven “The Air-Plain” (it’s all-white) Aeroprakt A22 Valor “The Damsel fly” Piper Cherokee Dream taildragger: I can’t say right now. I need to experience more before I make a commitment! 🙂 Thoughts on taildragging: I’m actually kind of scared of them right now… More specifically, landing one myself.  I’m determined to learn how to conquer that fear and handle one with confidence!...

Natalia Kerr     (Florida)

Natalia Kerr (Florida)

Natalia Kerr is based at KISM, Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Orlando, Florida. I’m Natalia! 19 years old. Born and raised in Scotland but moved to Florida when I was 8. Dad was a pilot in his younger years and I aspire to be a female aerobatic pilot! I’m also an avid equestrian, model, photographer, college student, and full time Chick fil A employee 🙂 Ratings: Student PPL Aircraft flown: Tecnam P2004 Bravo C172 T6 Texan Citabria Dream taildragger: Pitts Thoughts on taildragging: I strongly believe taildraggers make better pilots out of each of us. They’re complicated and moody sometimes but wow are they worth it....

Caitlin Evans     (Indiana)

Caitlin Evans (Indiana)

Caitlin Evans is based at KTYQ, Indianapolis Executive Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana. Hi, I’m a former flight attendant and student pilot. Please let me know if you come across anyone in Indiana or Florida who needs someone to detail their aircraft or who needs a study buddy! I’m up for all things Aviation! Ratings: Student Pilot Aircraft fown: C172, Piper Arrow Dream taildragger: Piper J-3 Cub...

Sharon Kaiser     (New York)

Sharon Kaiser (New York)

Sharon Kaiser is based at KELM, Elmira/Corning Regional Airport, Elmira/Corning, New York. I’ve been a Private pilot since 1988. My husband and I owned a C150 and C172. I am now widowed and flying a club-owned C140. I love this airplane! My other “passion” is fencing. I am a veteran fencer (age 71) and still love competing. Life-long horse lover, and former therapeutic riding instructor. I grew up on a small farm in central New York, in the Finger Lakes region. Oh, my husband was a jump pilot years ago, and I jumped out of his plane 45 times (fun!!) Ratings: SEL Aircraft flown: C140, C150, C172, Piper PA28R-200 (complex endorsement) Dream Taildragger: Right now, I’m flying it! A Cessna 140. Thoughts on taildragging: You learn how to use your feet!...

Jessica Marin     (Florida)

Jessica Marin (Florida)

Jessica Marin is based at KHWO, North Perry Airport, Hollywood, Florida. Hello everyone! My name is Jessica. I’ve always had a calling for fly anything with gas and oil! I’ve recently received my tailwheel endorsement and I’m in love. I’ve chosen this as a career and now it’s getting to the time where I’m being called off to the airlines but I know I’m going to miss general aviation so much. I’ve been having thoughts about partnering for ownership of a taildragger! I hope that this group helps with that and much more! Excited to join this group of ladies!! Ratings: Commercial Multi-Engine and Single Engine, Certified Flight instructor Airplane & Instrument, Tailwheel endorsed, High performance endorsed Aircraft flown: Cessna 152 / 172 Piper Arrow 2 Piper Seneca Beechcraft Bonanza A36 Citabria 7EC Grumman AA1A Kodiak Quest WACO YMF Dream taildragger: Super Decathlon Thoughts on taildragging: You actually FLY the airplane! Taildraggers should be initial trainers, they make you a better pilot!...

DeAnne Wiese     (Ohio)

DeAnne Wiese (Ohio)

DeAnne Wiese is based at 9OH2, Toussaint Airpark, Genoa, Ohio. Hello, I’m an advocate for all general aviation. I promote mostly Grass-roots flying, Bush Plane Aviation, Big Tire planes, Short Field Airports, Corn Field Airports, etc. You get the picture. I live on my own 2400′ Turf strip and fly my Aeronca Super Chief regularly off it. I enjoy vintage restorations, and Experimental aircraft projects. I’ve flown Bi-Planes across America and enjoy our Navy N3N with a passion. I’m also Transgender and involved in several supporting groups that cater to both Trans women Pilots and Aviation advocacy. Ratings: Single Engine Land, Single Engine Sea, Tailwheel, Instrument C-150’s,C-152’s, C-140, Cherokee 140, Warriors, 160, 180, Navy N3N, Husky, Navion,172, 175, Seminole, Beech Bonanza, A35, Debinare, Decathlon, Marquart Charger, Aeronca’s–11CC, AC, Champs, Cubs, Stinson L5, Mooney Statesman, Mooney M20, Lear40 Dream taildragger: Husky or Scout, Carbon Cub Thoughts on taildragging: Although “Taildraggers” is a slang term for Conventional Gear, The real definition of the Taildragger did not have a tailwheel rather a simple skid. But for this comment will go with the prior. My passion for the tailwheel is simply the challenge of being in control all the way until my hooked to the tie down or sitting safely in the hanger, LOL Always a classy looking airplane regardless of make. Love the posture....

Mia Langford     (North Carolina)

Mia Langford (North Carolina)

Mia Langford is based at KPYG, Pageland Airport, Pageland, South Carolina and lives in Mint Hill, North Carolina. I’m relatively new to aviation; I’ve been flying for about a year and a half now. I’m currently working on getting my IFR rating. My goal is to make a career in aviation, flying corporate or charter, although a taildragger job would be absolutely a dream come true! Ratings: Private Pilot Certificate Aircraft flown: Cessna 182, 172, 150 Citabria Champ 7AC Super Cub L-2 Grasshopper L-19 Birddog Dream taildragger: Waco YMF Thoughts on taildragging: I fell in love with taildraggers from the get go. My first flight in one was in an L-2 grasshopper. I remember this overwhelming feeling that it is what flying is all about. It was so nimble and nifty, such a pleasure to fly! Since then, I’ve gotten my taildragger endorsement and fly as often as I can. I love to tail my tricycle gear friends up and let them feel how beautifully a taildragger flies. Those who brag there couldn’t be much difference have a very different story once they land. My favorite taildragger I’ve flown so far is the L-19, with the Champ being a close second....

Lauren Dalzell Settles     (Kentucky)

Lauren Dalzell Settles (Kentucky)

Lauren Dalzell Settles is based at KOWB, Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, Owensboro, Kentucky. I’m the daughter of a pilot who flew for 50 years. When he passed I decided to learn to fly in his plane, born and raised in a taildragger! I definitely have my dad’s talent and love for aviation and he inspires me every day still. I have finally found my purpose in his death, to inspire young women to fly and love everything about aviation. Rating: PPL Aircraft flown: C120, C172, Decathlon, Cub. Dream taildragger: Staggerwing Thoughts on taildragging: Fun, challenging, cool to fly.      ...

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