My name is Jennifer Treese and I live in Tucson, Arizona and fly out of the Marana Regional Airport (AVQ).

Jennifer flying a Cub

I’ve been flying for just over three years now and received my private in July 2008. I started tailwheel training in January 2009 in a friend’s RV-6 but didn’t finish my training because the plane had to go back to Oregon where her parents live. I finished my tailwheel endorsement in June of 2010, this time flying an Aeronca Chief that my flight instructor had access to.

Cessna 140

Shortly after this I started working on my instrument rating and wasn’t doing much tailwheel flying. There are no flight school in Tucson that have tailwheel training or anywhere to rent!

“Finally a taildragger to fly!”

Last August, right before my instrument checkride my flight instructor and friend passed away in an aircraft accident and although I didn’t stop flying, I didn’t have access to the Chief anymore. That is, until recently. A couple friends just bought a 1946 Cessna 140 and we created a type of flying club for the three of us. The plane is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to fly! I just recently finished my checkout in it and I am so excited to fly it all the time! Finally, I have a taildragger to fly!

Me in the back seat of the Mustang I got to fly in!

I’ve also flown a 1941 Piper Cub and a P-51 Mustang, “Betty Jane”, which was awesome!

In addition to flying the 140 now, I am working on my commercial certificate and just finished my masters degree in Aeronautical Science.

Jennifer Treese

4 Comments

  1. January 16, 2012, 5:47 pm   /  Reply

    Thats cool, Jenn! We put up a website that advertises the tailwheel instruction in Stella now (hopefully you will have your CFI soon). http://www.desertairaz.com

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  2. Jennifer Treese
    June 15, 2011, 9:18 am   /  Reply

    Christina, I will definitely check out the fly in! I have a friend who also flies a 140 and I think she would love to do it too! Thanks!

    Lisa, thank you for your comments! Hope to meet you some day too. My flight instructor LOVED aviation and flying and would have been really disappointed if I had quit, even his wife agreed. So I’m pressing on, not only for myself, but in a way I think it honors him too.

    I’m so happy to be a part of this site! 🙂

  3. June 14, 2011, 1:20 pm   /  Reply

    Jennifer,

    You are an inspiration to all. You are certainly having lots of fun and seemed very focused in your pursuit of aviation. Maybe it’s time for a fun trip to Idaho. Check out my fly in on this page. You probably have not done this sort of backcountry flying and it is done well in a taildragger! 206s 182s, 172s, etc are also flown a lot out here. But, the backcountry flying started with taildraggers of course: Travelairs, Trimotors, and DC-3s. Really! Come on out to the fly in. You won’t believe the women flyers out here! http://www.mindelevations.com (go to services or just scroll on this page). Christina

  4. Lisa Martin
    June 14, 2011, 6:59 am   /  Reply

    You have been wonderfully tenacious in your pursuit of flight. Beautiful (shiny) Mustang. The 140 looks cherry too. Sorry to hear about your flight instructor and friend. That’s a shock that many people would not be able to bounce back from. YOu must have a very clear head on your shoulders even amidst turmoil. Hope to meet you some day.

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