Scouting our LLT Natchitoches Fly-in pays off

Scouting our LLT Natchitoches Fly-in pays off

This little adventure has been on my mind since deciding to host our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers fly-in in Louisiana – Natchitoches, Louisiana. And if you can correctly pronounce Natchitoches, you’re a lot better at Cajun chatter than I am! The great joy of being here is that I’ve discovered first hand what a wonderful destination this small town in central Louisiana truly is. After a beautiful flight into the KIER airport and a day spent immersed in the local culture & cuisine, I’m now confident you’re going t... Read More »

They Told Her She Couldn’t, but She Did.

They Told Her She Couldn’t, but She Did.

Article from FAA News “They Told Her She Couldn’t, but She Did” The complete article can also be read at https://spark.adobe.com/page/UyvSQr6tbz9tP/     This is too real and too fantastic not to share and many thanks to my friend Nita Sweeney for forwarding. It’s about Gloria LaRoche, the third woman to become a captain for a U.S. commercial carrier and the obstacles ambitious  women pilots faced at the time. The good-old-boys were hell bent on maintaining their domain in the cockpit and a new woman pilot wasn’t ex... Read More »

Allison Leeward    (Florida)

Allison Leeward (Florida)

Allison Leeward is based at KCRG, Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig,  Jacksonville, Florida. I own a little C120 that I love to pop around Florida! Can’t wait to see y’all at SNF! Ratings: Tailwheel and High Performance Aircraft flown: DHC2, Stearman, Piper Cub, Super Cub, Piper Pacer TW 22/20, Kodiak, C3, C120 C140 C150 C172 C185 C182 C170, Lockheed Electra Jr, P51, T6, T34, Baron, Citation Jet, TBM 650, Bonanza, Super Decathlon, Pitts…. that’s all I can think of right now. Dream taildragger: A P51 Thoughts on taildragging: My grea... Read More »

Ann Pellegreno Receives the Wright Brothers Award

Ann Pellegreno Receives the Wright Brothers Award

Thank you to the AAA/APM for the following big news about our very own LLT member, Ann Pellegreno. Ann is well known to LadiesLoveTaildraggers and members of the AAA, as well as being a fixture at the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In at Blakesburg, Iowa, over Labor Day weekend. However, many of our newer or younger members may not have heard of her, or that in 1967 she completed Amelia Earhart’s ill fated attempt to fly around the world, using an identical Lockheed 10. It was great news then, to hear about Ann receiving the FAA’s highest honor... Read More »

Jess DeVan     (Oregon)

Jess DeVan (Oregon)

Jess DeVan is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, Bend, Oregon. Just recently got my tailwheel endorsement. I don’t have my own plane, and it’s difficult to find one for rent, but I’ve been lucky enough to find an instructor who doesn’t mind sharing his (and his knowledge). I’m a high school math teacher, but thinking about a possible career change to pilot. Ratings: Recently certified private pilot. Just got my taildragger endorsement. Aircraft Flown: C172, PA28, and PA12 Favorite taildragger: Anything! But som... Read More »

Visions Under My Wings

Visions Under My Wings

Frequent Flyers of the airline sort may think they’ve seen America but the fact is, nobody really sees America from aloft until they’ve experienced it from the cockpit of a low flying, small plane – preferably a taildragger. A jet can certainly get you to your destination in a hurry but for those who are really out to SEE America, it’s not about the destination at all. Pardon me but screw the destination – it’s about the journey and the landscape that unfolds beneath your wings. I was reminded of that last we... Read More »

Katherine Tryon     (Florida)

Katherine Tryon (Florida)

Katherine Tryon is based at KCRG, Jacksonville Executive Airport, Jacksonville, Florida.  I’ve had a heart for aviation for longer than I understood. My favorite memories from my childhood were when I would lay outside looking up at the airplanes. And before I met my fiance I had expressed a lot of interest in flying. My fiance has been a huge cheerleader for women in aviation and he has given me the tools to succeed. So the past 7 years we’ve traveled the East coast doing as much as possible to immerse me into the world of aviation... Read More »

The Dirt Runway

The Dirt Runway

The Dirt Runway Article by Brian Lansburgh There are some of you who have never put an airplane onto a dirt or grass strip.  You would be amazed at how many rated pilots have NEVER landed on dirt or grass.  Trust me, I get this all the time.  A Tailwheel Endorsement or Master Class applicant will declare to me, “that was the first time I’ve ever landed on dirt!”.  It’s really to those that I’m aiming this little article:  The most forgiving terrain you can ever put an airplane on is dirt or grass.  For one thing, t... Read More »

Nano Farabaugh     (Indiana)

Nano Farabaugh (Indiana)

Nano Farabaugh is based at KEKM, Elkhart Municipal Airport, Elkhart, Indiana.  My father was a WWII pilot, airline pilot and FBO owner. My first flight at the controls was in a Cessna when I was 17. In 1967 a dear friend of my father’s landed in our farm field and took me for a “Spin.” I was hooked and asked my dad to let me take flying lessons. To determine if I was serious he asked me to cut my hair. He didn’t want me to take up flying as some teenage lark and kill myself. He didn’t specify how short, so I only c... Read More »

Christy Anderson     (Arkansas)

Christy Anderson (Arkansas)

Christy Anderson is based at KORK, North Little Rock Municipal Airport, North Little Rock, Arkansas. I am 50ish. I solo’d at 24, earned PPL at 25. When I told my mom that I was learning to fly she said “if you want to fly why don’t you just become a stewardess.” I told her that I didn’t want to ride, I wanted to be in charge and actually do the flying! I married my flight instructor. We own a 135 operation – we specialize in helicopter/UAV services for the public utility industry. We have 2 sons. One is a pil... Read More »

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