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....

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...

Sue Weil    (Nevada)

Sue Weil (Nevada)

Sue Weil is based at KMEV, Minden-Tahoe Airport, Minden, Nevada. I was born into a family of pilots. My parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, siblings, in-laws and friends all fly. I began flying with my dad when I was 5. He built a Cavalier with dual controls just for me. I’m married to my flight instructor and 777-300er Captain. Aircraft flown: The list is long and varied. My friends and I competed as kids to beg, buy or work for flights in any and every plane possible. I’ve flown in many homebuilts, antiques, warbirds and vintage airliners as well as modern planes. Dream Taildragger: Stinson Reliant Thoughts on Taildragging: Taildraggers are #1 in my heart....

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....

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