Mikaela Young, Alaska

Mikaela Young, Alaska

Mikaela is based at PAFA, Fairbanks International Airport, in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Straight out of high school, Mikaela started A&P school and worked as a mechanic’s helper at Everts Air Cargo working on DC-6’s and C-46’s. She graduated a year later and tested and received her license. Almost two years later, she completed all the requirements to become a Flight Engineer on the DC-6 but had to wait a month till her 21st birthday before she received her license. Shortly after turning 22 Mikaela started flight training for her PPL. Within the next year she tested and received her private, instrument, commercial and multi engine rating. She was then checked out as a FO part 125 in the DC-6. Within the last 5 months since that happened she has received her tailwheel endorsement, CFI and single engine sea rating. She is currently in the middle of ground school and completing her ATP written so she can start training and get typed in the C-46 and DC-6. Ratings: Commercial ASEL, ASES, AMEL, Instrument airplane, CFI, Flight Engineer (DC-6) Aircraft flown PA-18, C-182, C-172, C-150, DC-6, C-46, PA-28R, PA-23, PA-32, AT8A, PC12 Dream taildragger: PA-18 Why I love taildraggers: They give me the endless opportunity to explore this beautiful state!...

McKenzie Mitchell, Alaska

McKenzie Mitchell, Alaska

McKenzie is based at PAFA, Fairbanks International Airport, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska who is looking to incorporate off-airport flying into her current work 🙂 Aircraft flown: PA-12, Cherokee 140, Piper Arrow, Cessna 150, 152, 172 Ratings: Private, Instrument, Tailwheel, Instrument and Advanced Ground Instructor Dream taildragger: PA12 Why I love taildraggers: Access to the Alaska wilds!...

Brittany Phillippe (Oregon)

Brittany Phillippe (Oregon)

Brittany is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, in Bend, OR. She’s 23 years old and although she just started flying a year ago, she already has her PPL and IFR! She says she found her passion for aviation about two years ago and has been loving every minute ever since. Brittany just finished her tailwheel endorsement and got her spin endorsement at the same time. She says, “Flying taildraggers is the most fun I’ve had in a long time!” She is currently about 50 hours into her commercial training, and has close to 160 hours total time. She plans to get her CFI after finishing commercial and instruct for a bit. She then hopes to fly charter to get to the 1500 hour mark and fly for Horizon, eventually moving up to Alaska Air. Aircraft flown: Cessna 172, Cessna 150, Cessna 120, Piper Cherokee, Piper Archer Dream taildragger: CubCrafters XCub Why I love taildraggers: Taildraggers are so fun! The maneuverability and ability to land anywhere make them so appealing to me. I love being adventurous: hiking and camping. So to add flying into the mix and being able to land anywhere and explore is incredible to me....

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....

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!...

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....

Terri Minter     (Oregon)

Terri Minter (Oregon)

Terri Minter is based at Starks Twin Oaks Airport, 7S3, near Hillsboro, Oregon. Check out this update and the new bird Terri’s flying! I’ve owned four airplanes, all of which have been Cessna taildraggers. My current airplane is a Cessna 170B, customized for camping. Ratings: PPL, High Performance Aircraft flown: Cessna 120, Cessna 140, Cessna 170B Dream taildragger: My current airplane is a dream to me, my C170B. I love it! Thoughts on taildragging: I appreciate the versatility of being able to land on pavement, a farmer’s field or a gravel bar. _________ Following posted June 15, 2013 ____________ “June 14, 2013: Today I earned my TW endorsement! Yahoo… A few weeks ago I purchased my first airplane. My 1946 Cessna 120 was flown home with a friend of mine from Phoenix. It was the most memorable vacation of my life. It was so exciting seeing fantastic scenery and learning more about cross-country flying. I simply can’t stop smiling.” “Thanks to my dear friend for helping me find just the right taildragger and flying us home safe, all while having a wonderful time together. I’m looking forward to discovering grass strips, suitable for my little C85 hp bird, for camping and picnics!” Terri Minter _________ Following posted January 3, 2013 __________ I am a private pilot and rent a 172 out of a small airpark near Portland, Oregon.  I have taken a few lessons in a taildragger and love them.  I am a low hour pilot, maybe 120 hours.   I have been taking lessons to get my endorsement, but have not completed it yet.  Weather getting in the way in Portland.  Photo is in a 172 tricycle gear.   Thank you so much! Terri...

Carol Bennett     (California)

Carol Bennett (California)

Carol Bennett is based at KSNA, John Wayne-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, California. Independent flight instructor based at John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California. Active member of the Orange County Chapter of the 99’s, SoCal Pilots, AOPA, NAFI, Civil Air Patrol. Belong to a flying club at KSNA and teach private and instrument students in a C172. Part owner of a 1946, C120 also based at KSNA. Awards: 2018 AOPA Best Flight Instructor Western Region, Flight Training Experience Award. Ratings: Commercial Pilot, ASEL, Instrument Rated, CFII Aircraft flown: Cessna 172, 182, 206, Citabria, C120, Piper Cub, De Havilland Chipmunk, Vans RV9, Piper Archer, Piper Arrow, Great Lakes Biplane, Robinson R20. Dream taildragger: Carbon Cub Thought on taildragging: Makes you a better all round pilot, sharpens up your skills. So many cool taildraggers to fly!...

Donica Fox     (California)

Donica Fox (California)

Donica Fox is based at KCMA, KSZP, and KVNY and lives in Simi Valley, California. Hi everyone! I’m Donica. I started flying back in the late 80’s and continued to fly into the mid 90’s. Aviation had to take a back seat to raising a family and now I am making my comeback with interest in taildraggers. I recently got a little stick time in my dear friend’s Super Cub. Well, I don’t need to tell you that’s all it took. I’m hooked on taildraggers. I have always missed flying and now, at 62, I’m happy to pick up where I left off. I’m so glad I found LLT. Thank you for allowing me to join this group. I’m proud to be a member of LLT. My ratings are PPL, SEL, UAS I have flown Cessna 152’s, 172’s, Piper Warriors, Archers and I just got a little stick in a Super Cub and loved it. Dream taildraggers: Super Decathlon, Super Cub, Citabria I have always loved taildraggers. Something about how they sit on the tarmac shows a sexy attitude- WWII warbirds included. It takes a bit more skill to handle them. I love the challenge....

Dianna Leason    (California)

Dianna Leason (California)

Dianna Leason is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California. I’m a transgender woman. 65 years old. Flown my whole life. Built three EAB (experimental amateur built) airplanes. Worked for Burt Rutan for 12 years. Aero Engineer is my day job… I love aviation in all of its forms! RC Model builder/designer. Ratings: PPL, SEL, Glider Aircraft Flown: Ercoupe, VariEZe, Gemini (original design twin engine Canard), EAB Super Cub, Stearman, AT-6, Bucker Jungmeister, Bonanza, Grumman Tiger, Pitts S-2A Dream taildragger: My EAB Super Cub… Thoughts on taildragging:  I like the challenge of flying and landing them flawlessly! It’s a never ending quest…....

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