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. ... Read More »

Alyssa Cobb, Maryland

Alyssa Cobb, Maryland

Alyssa is based at KFDK, Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, MD. She owns a Cessna 170B and loves to fly taildraggers and go to grass strips! She just had her first child in July, so she is not flying very much at the moment. Ratings: Commercial pilot single and multiengine; Seaplane (single); CFI, Tailwheel endorsement Aircraft flown: Cessna 150/152, 170A/B, 172, 182; Piper Super Cub, Archer, Arrow, Aztec; Citabria, Decathlon Dream taildragger: Cessna 170B! Why I love taildraggers: I started flying with my dad in taildraggers off a grass... Read More »

Amy Hills: New Tailwheel Endorsement! 

Amy Hills: New Tailwheel Endorsement! 

This awesome article is by LLT Tailwheel Endorsement scholarship winner Amy Hills from 2R2. (HaHa Amy, I’m only editing 1 word!) My New Tailwheel Endorsement!  In March of 2019 the infamous Judy Birchler calls me personally on the phone to let me know I’ve been awarded one of the LLT Scholarships to attain my tailwheel endorsement. I could not believe it! As an avid lover of aviation history, I have wanted to fly conventional gear planes since the moment I took to the skies. I was given a full 8 months to master the cute little 85hp... Read More »

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! Read More »

Raquel Labastida, Florida

Raquel Labastida, Florida

Raquel is based at FLL, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is currently a flight attendant but recently has become very interested in changing roles and becoming a pilot! She says she talks with the pilots that she works with all the time and they keep encouraging her to get her PPL. Once she did the introductory flight she fell in love with flying and now she is currently in the process of finding schools/CFIs and scholarships to help pay for it. Aircraft flown: Cessna 150 Dream taildragger: Bellan... Read More »

Video: 2019 Natchitoches LLT Fly-in!

Video: 2019 Natchitoches LLT Fly-in!

The 2019 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Natchitoches, Louisiana Fly-in Video! Wow, the title is a mouthful! Repeat after me, “Nack-a-tish”, “Nack-a-tish”, “Nack-a-tish”, the correct Natchitoches pronunciation. If you’re ever lucky enough to fly into KIER, Natchitoches Regional Airport, announce your pattern position on 122.8 “Nack-a-tish traffic ……” and they’ll swear you’re a local! I hope you enjoy this quick glimpse of our 2019 Ladies Love Taildraggers fly-in. Louisiana, wh... Read More »

True Story #2/Fly-in/Cruise-in

True Story #2/Fly-in/Cruise-in

In follow up to my blog post ‘True Story from LLT Fly-in‘, I figure one true story begs another. In fact, when it comes to everything I write about women pilots, it’s real people and their personal stories that matter. Think of the word “aviating” and interesting individuals jump to mind. Many times those intriguing figures are famous pilots, but often times they are the quiet ones, the least obvious among us. This is one unlikely woman’s remarkable story. Reaction: From a distance I watched a young, male, pr... Read More »

Jodie Gawthrop, Indiana

Jodie Gawthrop, Indiana

Jodie is based at KUMP, Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport inIndianapolis, Indiana. She is a 19-year-old private pilot-turned-aircraft mechanic with an affinity for anything that flies. While she says she didn’t grow up in a flying family, she stumbled into aviation on her own after her first airplane ride at 13. She fell in love with the exhilarating freedom of flight, and it’s something she enjoys sharing with others. Through maintenance, she’s discovered that it’s all the more gratifying to fly when you can understand and appreciate how... Read More »

Karina Skinner, Massachusetts

Karina Skinner, Massachusetts

Karina is based at IB9, Mansfield Municipal Airport in Mansfield, Massachusetts. She is a student pilot with a tailwheel endorsement. She began to learn about planes when she was 8 years old. After that, she would read and watch almost anything she could about WW2 planes (mostly the fighters and pursuit planes). Karina decided that she wanted to learn how to fly. Two years ago her older sister got a flying lesson. Karina says, “I asked my mom if I could also go up. Two years later, I’m still flying and learning.” Aircraft flow... Read More »

Kimberly Jane Olsen, Australia

Kimberly Jane Olsen, Australia

Kimberly is based at YSCN, Camden Airport in Camden, New South Wales, Australia. She says she is mostly a glider pilot these days. In fact, she is an L2 Gliding Instructor (CFI). But Kimberly flew taildraggers long before you needed an endorsement! She flew a Mudry CAP10 for military selection. Aircraft flown: Mudry CAP10, CT4, C172, C152, PA28, Skyfox Gazelle, Quicksilver Dream taildragger: Stinson 108 Why I love taildraggers: They are real airplanes 🙂 Read More »

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