Kendra Hart, “The Most Flying Fun!”

Kendra Hart, “The Most Flying Fun!”

Over the years we’ve sent many LLT scholarship winners to train with Brian Lansburgh at Tailwheel Town in Oregon. Brian’s not one to let tailwheel candidates off easy and he requires students develop a high level of precision control as they learn new maneuvers and the nuances of flying a tailwheel aircraft. By the time pilots complete their flight training and ground school with Brian, they are a more skilled and confident pilot. It’s the reason I love sending scholarship winners to train with Brian. When it comes to stick an... Read More »

AirVenture 2019 LLT Events Sign-up

AirVenture 2019 LLT Events Sign-up

Is AirVenture/OSH on your July calendar? It’s the one single homage that’s fulfilled annually by aviation obsessed pilots – EAA’s AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday, Jul 22, 2019 – Sunday, Jul 28, 2019. I’ve made the pilgrimage for years with anticipation and excitement, always leaving inspired and motivated. You are guaranteed to have a GREAT time at OSH, meet more lady pilots and see more incredible taildraggers than anywhere else on earth. It’s also LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ next big gathering with... Read More »

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 Read More »

Tackling a plane you’ve never flown

Tackling a plane you’ve never flown

Am I the only pilot who thinks it’s a really big deal to solo a different airplane for the first time? For me, there’s the ‘yikes’ phenomenon floating through my brain every time I’ve done it. I’ve been known to do all kinds of crazy stuff mentally pumping myself up for an initial ‘first flight’ in a new airplane. The “really big deal” manifests itself in many ways and can include all the textbook stuff; rapid heart rate, shallow, rapid breathing and tense muscles. When you think about... Read More »

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! Read More »

New LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Fly-in Tshirts Available!

New LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Fly-in Tshirts Available!

Happy news! There’s a small group of LLT ladies at the helm, researching and fine tuning all the details of our upcoming October 3 – 6, 2019 Ladies Love Taildraggers Natchitoches Louisiana Fly-in. Researching? Oh yes, I’m talking local historical and plantation tours, fly-outs, restaurants, and a whole lot more. Looks like this could be our best yet fly-in, and that’s saying a lot! 🙂 If you’re not yet up to speed on our fly-in, check out the details here. Pre-registration required: https://www.ladieslovetaildragger... Read More »

LLT Scholarship Winner, Revisited

LLT Scholarship Winner, Revisited

In 2018, member Summer Papple from Ontario, Canada, won a LLT Scholarship to earn a tailwheel endorsement. She was fortunate to have received the instruction from Debby Rihn-Harvey. Debby’s achievements include a 27 year long career as an airline pilot, the longest-standing U.S. Aerobatic Team member, male or female, having participated in 15 World Aerobatic Championships, more than any other pilot. I caught up with Summer – it’s not an easy thing to do:) – a couple of weeks ago to see what she’s been up to in the ... Read More »

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! Read More »

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:... Read More »

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. Read More »

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