Odd Ducks, Unusual Aircraft 1921 to 1934

Odd Ducks, Unusual Aircraft 1921 to 1934

Have I mentioned that since Sun ‘n Fun 2019, in addition to membership (on steroids) in LadiesLoveTaildraggers, I’m now also officially a member of the Ninety Nines? This women’s flying organization does much to encourage more women to fly and I’m behind that mission 100%. I’ve discovered that one of the many benefits to membership is being included in a group email where members promote local and national aviation events, suggest educational opportunities, post news that’s near and dear to their hearts and m... Read More »

Pam Sprang (Georgia)

Pam Sprang (Georgia)

Pam is based at KCCO, Newnan Coweta County Airport in Newnan, GA. Pam is a part-time physical therapist and owns a Cessna 182. She holds many certificates including Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI… everything short of ATP, which is on her “to do” list! She has 20 hours in a J-3 Cub and 1.5 hours single engine sea plane. She has flown a Cessna 150, 152, 172, 182 (straight leg & retractable gear), Piper Seminole & Aztec, J-3 Cub on land & water, & probably more! Pam’s dream taildragger: Cessna 140Pam loves taild... Read More »

So sad to say goodbye

So sad to say goodbye

Thoughts of “NO, you can’t make me go home!” were on my mind this morning as I walked to my Decathlon from the AirVenture Bus Arrival Terminal. I’d just checked out of my Gruenhagen dorm room at the University of Wisconsin OSH, one day after returning there late-night and finding a padlock on my door for non-payment. Note to self, get your dates straight or eviction is imminent. When it comes to “All good things must come to an end”, as much as I don’t want to believe it, even this one-of-a-kind, annual... Read More »

Brighton Hutton (Missouri)

Brighton Hutton (Missouri)

Brighton is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, TX. Brighton is a new pilot and is falling in love with taildraggers. She will be in St. Louis soon and is looking for a good place to fly there. She is between Houston and St. Louis at the moment and would love to meet other women pilots. She is the only girl in her aero clinic and would like to meet women who fly in the St. Louis area. Ratings: I have private, high performance/complex and one hour in a Citabria. Aircraft flown: Bonanza V Tail, Cessna, Piper Warrior, Citab... Read More »

The Happiest Place on Earth

The Happiest Place on Earth

The happiest place on earth today was surely Oshkosh, Wisconsin, home to Airventure the past 50 years. The sun shined, the fields dried and, area by area, parking spots officially reopened to incoming traffic. Homebuilt parking – Open. General Aviation parking- Open. IAC parking – Open! On Day 1 of AirVenture the tide turned and ‘normal’ is within sight! Ladies, if you’re at Airventure – Day 2, Tuesday, please don’t miss our LadiesLoveTaildraggers noon lunch at the Tall Pines Cafe. Location, just before... Read More »

Come on up, the water’s fine!

Come on up, the water’s fine!

It was a fabulous first for me, arriving at AirVenture 2019 a whopping 60 hours before it officially begins. There’s plenty happening on the grounds at OSH in the days and weeks before kickoff, high time to see it unfold for myself – not to mention live-it-up even longer than usual! This lovely little bird, Ray Hegy’s El Chuparosa, welcomes you to the big event at the famous Brown Arch. Its prominent position indicates it made an appearance here 50 years ago, the very first time EAA hosted their flyin at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In... Read More »

Ashli Blain    (Montana)

Ashli Blain (Montana)

Ashli is based at KBIL, Billings Logan Intl. Airport, Billings, Montana.  Ashli is 18 years old, is from a flying family and has been flying since she was 14. She feels fortunate that she has had many opportunities to fly different aircraft. Moving forward, Ashli plans to have a career in aviation. Ratings:Commercial RotorcraftCommercial Multi EngineInstrument AirplaneInstrument HelicopterPrivate Single EnginePrivate GliderS70 Type RatingCE525S Type Rating Aircraft flown:  PA18, C185, C180 and a Stearman! Ashli’s “dream” taild... Read More »

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 »

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