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  1. Philip Haynes
    November 29, 2019, 8:03 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Jill,

    Roger at OFFC mentioned your name. I was looking to catch a ride with anyone who might be flying down to the Aero Acres Pt St Lucie fly-in on Dec 5.

    Nice to read your bio. Originally from England, home has been Lake Superior in NW Ontario these last 15 years. I mainly fly seaplanes, predominately J-3s. I quit the rat race in 2013 (PGM and diamond mining across the far north. Really far!) and picked up a Winter escape place on Lake Mariana. I mainly fly here with Browns and Preston’s. Jon, Chuck, Ben or Tim & Peggy will be happy to put in a word for me if required. Can’t be too careful these days.

    I’ve flown with Rob and few times at FoG and also attended QB events at Browns with him. If either yourself or anyone you know would like to fly with a safety pilot who’ll pay towards fuel and free lunch, by all means drop me a line.

    Best contacts are this email: or local cell 863-703-6256.

    If you fly floats, come and use the dock sometime. SW corner of Mariana. Address is 131 Bonnie Dr Loop. ✅

    All the best for now. Happy flying.

    Phil Haynes

  2. James
    September 17, 2019, 3:52 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Kelsey, I have a contact for you. We flew a LHR trip together a few weeks back.

  3. August 29, 2019, 9:19 pm   /  Reply

    Great job, im just getting started on building mine

  4. August 23, 2019, 10:27 am   /  Reply

    Hey Elizabeth,

    Hope all is well. We met at OSH this summer and we chatted about our new faculty positions at the Institute of Aviation. We would love to see you apply.

    Wendy Evans

  5. Alan
    August 19, 2019, 9:52 pm   /  Reply

    Great Article Judy! I never liked the term High Density Altitude. It seems a little misleading to me. I know it would be verbose but I think (at least for students) it should be”Less Dense Air that Exist at High Altitudes” The adjective “High” refers to the Altitude not Density. I remember as a student pilot being confused by that. Thanks for the article.

  6. Chuck
    August 19, 2019, 5:54 pm   /  Reply

    Very nice, Judy.. 🙂 I love the west. Cody is one of my favorites..

  7. Windy
    August 14, 2019, 11:00 am   /  Reply

    KWYS has rental cars & it’s at the entrance to Yellowstone NP.

  8. July 31, 2019, 12:14 pm   /  Reply

    Delightful photos and video. Love the old planes and ingenuity of pilots and designers in the early years of flying.

  9. July 30, 2019, 11:57 pm   /  Reply

    This video is a treasure. I really enjoyed it because my aunt was a pilot in the 30’s. I have a blog about her and many other women pilots from that era.
    I am a member of the Friends of the 99s because I am not a pilot. EAA calls me an enthusiast…I call myself a Plane Nut. I love everything Aviation.

  10. Arty Trost
    July 21, 2019, 9:20 pm   /  Reply

    Judy – I hope you have the most fabulous time at OshKosh. Maybe a group of us taildragger ladies could get together at Lenhardt’s for a slide show of your flight after you get home.

  11. Susan
    July 15, 2019, 4:47 pm   /  Reply

    Hey! I’m based a MEV as well. Moved here in March from BVU (Boulder City, NV). Right now, Skydancer is tied to the ground waiting for a hangar. Are you a 99? I’m headed to the International Convention tomorrow in Dayton, Oh. The Section meeting will be in Richland, WA in August.

  12. Terrence (T.J.) McGrath
    July 15, 2019, 10:27 am   /  Reply

    Hi Victoria, I am the olive guy and we met a few years ago. I will be heading to Reno on Thursday September 12th and can drop off some olives at that auto supply store on the way up if your interested.
    Best regards, TJ

  13. Babs
    June 18, 2019, 11:39 am   /  Reply

    Wow I didn’t know if you fly in an airplane that it qualifies you with that type rating.
    Seems a little extension of the facts here. You own that N3N? Amazing stretch to embellish…..

  14. June 10, 2019, 2:13 pm   /  Reply

    A dream has come true! I have purchased my S1C Pitts!

  15. Bill Kashouty
    May 8, 2019, 10:56 pm   /  Reply

    I wonder if it would be possible to take an instructional flight as a student and claim PIC time? I haven’t flown in about 8 years but have a current Self Assessment Medical Certificate. Most of my time is in C-172’s and C-182’s. And I have some time in a PA-28. Please advise what would be required of me? Regards, Bill Kashouty

  16. Daniel Schwenker
    May 6, 2019, 12:26 pm   /  Reply


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  17. April 12, 2019, 9:19 pm   /  Reply

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  18. April 12, 2019, 6:42 am   /  Reply

    Welcome!! We are close and should meet sometime! Do you know about RAF? The Recreational Aviation Foundation – check it out if not – you and your Dad would love it. I’m the Ohio State Liaison. Christine (and Songbird, C185)

  19. William
    April 11, 2019, 3:39 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Kim,

    I think you have (had?) a device to lock a Cessna window from the outside (so that you can properly latch the door by reaching through the window.)

    I am interested. Can you tell me more?



  20. Stacia Herndon
    April 11, 2019, 1:58 pm   /  Reply

    Beautiful and inspirational photos ! Thank you !

  21. Sabrina Kipp
    April 6, 2019, 7:08 am   /  Reply

    Sorry I missed you all. I am at Sun ‘nFun, arrived Monday. You can find me “working” on the warbird ramp next to the B25 Panchito.

  22. March 29, 2019, 10:52 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for posting the news about Ann Pellegreno’s Wright Brothers Award.

    How wonderful that it coincided with Women in History Month. I’ve always adopted March as “Women in Aviation History Month”.

    Bravo! Ann!

  23. Shea Guillory
    March 25, 2019, 9:45 pm   /  Reply


    I am local guy who lives near Destin and I have been searching for someone to teach me to fly a taildragger. I have never flow before, but I am very dedicated to this. My plan is to buy the new Carbon Crafters XCub. I really would appreciate any help at all if you know of a Taildragger Instructor in our area? I have yet to find anyone.

    Please feel free to text or email if you can help at all!

    Shea Guillory

  24. Arnold
    March 9, 2019, 6:33 pm   /  Reply

    It seems more and more that instructors are teaching 747 patterns. I see students to high and fast on final touching down at about 3500′ on a 7000′ runwy. I asked an instructor what the deal was and his answer was I’d rather they landed long then to short. Why not just teach them how to fly.

  25. Marti Whitmore
    March 9, 2019, 6:14 pm   /  Reply

    I really enjoyed this article and totally agree. Try being in the pattern with one of these guys in you PA11 or 40 horse cub. By ‘cutting them off,’ you could not only be at the hangar but you could have the door open and the plane safely in it’s nest.

  26. Sabrina
    March 6, 2019, 5:01 pm   /  Reply

    Welcome to LLT. I have 2 taildraggers just north of you at 08N, a 1946 Stinson and our “newish” 2004 Citabria.

    Come up and visit some time.

  27. March 4, 2019, 10:02 pm   /  Reply

    Still willing to do what I can to help any women who are interested in tailwheel flying.

  28. Kelly Jeffries
    February 20, 2019, 12:44 pm   /  Reply

    As an airline captain, I’m in big airports every day I work. As a GA pilot, I’m at little airports and I live in an airpark, so I am around airplanes most of the time. Obviously, I love flying. I see more and more women pilots and can’t believe that the numbers are still so small. People (both men and women) say some stupid comments sometimes. I always strive to be a good representative for women pilots and try to educate those people who make those comments. Humor goes a long way, so does just letting it go. They aren’t going to stop you from doing what you love.

  29. juliet Lindrooth
    February 19, 2019, 10:17 am   /  Reply

    Oh my. As an airline pilot, I get this every day that I go to work. I could relate hundreds of stories from passengers getting off the plane because I was up front to making a landing in England in a bad storm with a direct gusty crosswind at the limits with the rain falling horizontal. I got in on the ground with my first try, while all the others had to go around multiple times. Everyone on-board thought the “man” took over. The man in the other seat let everyone know that I did it. Kudos to him. later that day, when talking to a Flight Attendant on the plane behind us, she said her pilots had to go around 3 times. She asked me how many times did we go around. I said none. I rolled it on the first try. The shocked look on her face was priceless. “You did it?”. Yep. It was me.

    Back to taildraggers I was taking my son for a flight in our Bird. As we were walking to the plane, a man remarked how nice it was that my son was taking me up. My son turned to the man and said “I’m not a pilot, she is” . My son was so angry. I told him it just a day in the life of a female pilot.sigh. Maybe someday it will change.

  30. February 19, 2019, 8:00 am   /  Reply

    Excellent reminder of how far we still need to progress in this area! There has never been better opportunities for young Pilots coming into aviation.
    A Pilot is a Pilot, amazing we still are dealing with the stereotypes…..

  31. Karen Kirkpatrick
    February 11, 2019, 2:15 pm   /  Reply

    Congratulations and you aced it! Thank you for the upload! I have really enjoyed your article and hope you enjoyed the hospitality of my fellow Tennesseans as that is where I was born. Such a great video and tends to make one dizzy! Have a safe trip home to the UK! Good luck with Brexit!

  32. fulvio
    January 28, 2019, 5:45 am   /  Reply

    Cindy, do you have a emal address or a whatsapp number?

    +39 347 252 3094

  33. Karen
    January 25, 2019, 12:26 am   /  Reply

    What a GREAT story!!! If you are at KSPG – you are obviously an US!!!

  34. Rex Cox
    January 22, 2019, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

    37 yrs is impressive no matter what,,glad ur still flying,,sorry bout ur first husband,,,happy flying best wishes,,,,,Rex

  35. Sabrina
    January 19, 2019, 1:17 pm   /  Reply

    Like Rich says, the inexpensive method is to talk to ATC and ask if they are receiving your transponder and what the altitude readout is. Never heard of a transponder being that far off.

  36. Krista Morisen
    January 14, 2019, 6:48 pm   /  Reply

    I have a great tailwheel instructor I’d like to keep using, however, he is a man. It looks as though I have to apply for the tailwheel scholarship because I do not hold a tailwheel endorsement yet. I’d rather apply for the “name your own scholarship” instead. Is this possible?

  37. Rich
    January 6, 2019, 11:45 pm   /  Reply

    I’d go up next time and make contact and get some flight following and ask them to confirm my mode C.
    I would do that often with South Bend approach.

    Next time you go meandering pick out a random car on the ground and follow it for a while.
    Preferably a convertible full of kids.

  38. Nic Orchard
    December 15, 2018, 5:06 am   /  Reply

    The BA pilot has nine lives. A couple of years a go, with another similarly experienced pilot, he was in a Tiger Moth that had a serious incident at a fly-in we attended. Although a bystander was hurt, sadly, everyone walked away.

  39. December 14, 2018, 1:37 pm   /  Reply

    My solo was as a teenager. The instructor later got the nickname Crash. The second instructor liked to follow the telephone lines at low altitude. His nickname was Buzz. The maneuver that got me a pink slip on my private practical is now illegal.
    The instructors over five decades have been all over the map. The Acme School of flying, “there is only one right way to do it” is not my favorite, by any means. Well… Maybe there is a place in instrument flying.
    One of my favorite sayings is, “Learn from the mistakes of others. Because you will never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
    Keep your airspeed up,

  40. Vera Dimoplon
    December 8, 2018, 8:58 am   /  Reply


    I love flying and have cumulated just a few hours in my pilot log book. However, due to financial reasons I cannot afford to take consistent lessons or to get my private pilot license. I know you offer scholarships for those who have a license already. Will you offer scholarships for those who cannot afford to take lessons and get their initial license in the future? It’s my dream to fly and get my private pilot license.

    Kind regards,

  41. Mehdi
    December 5, 2018, 2:53 pm   /  Reply

    How is it going? Cool picture and i would like to go fly with you? let me know if you are around Cali.

  42. November 12, 2018, 2:52 pm   /  Reply

    Terrific, and well said.

  43. Maggie Schue
    November 11, 2018, 2:42 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.
    We truly do meet great people through our love of aviation❤️

  44. Jan Johnson
    November 11, 2018, 10:12 am   /  Reply

    Hi Judy and all my LLT sisters –
    What a surprise to read your latest post on Jerome Behm, from Burlington, North Dakota.
    Our chance meeting in July at Valentine, Nebraska was a lot of fun. We‘ve stayed in touch and I now consider him my good friend.
    Amazing things can happen when you fly your vintage taildragger across the country. But nowhere did I feel more loved than in Valentine! I met so many wonderful people and felt so welcomed there.
    Thank you for sharing Jerome’s story. Next year, I just might have to stop at Minot, ND to see him!

  45. Terri Hull
    November 2, 2018, 7:07 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Cassandra,
    Come on over to Love’s Landing (97FL) tomorrow, 11/3, for our EAA fly-in lunch. Weather should clear out in the next few hours. It’ll be a lot of fun!
    Using runway 36 for takeoff and landings, 122.9.
    Welcome to the group!
    Terri Hull

  46. William
    November 1, 2018, 11:40 pm   /  Reply

    Cassandra, if you want to have mad taildragger flying skills, go to a club or glider operation that has a Schweizer 2-33 trainer. At least become competent to solo the 2-33…and then find a place where you can train on an Aeronca 7AC Champ. Once you have a private license and some experience, you’re going to be able to transition into virtually any other taildragger.

  47. November 1, 2018, 1:31 pm   /  Reply

    How inspiring. Tailwheel endorsement and seaplane endorsement are the most fun. And a great new skill to add to one’s piloting credentials. Congratulations!

  48. Nina
    October 31, 2018, 10:08 pm   /  Reply

    Great and inspiring story. Congratulations on the scholarship and double congrats on earning the tailwheel endorsement!!

  49. Arty Trost
    October 27, 2018, 12:35 am   /  Reply

    Lynn’s advice to tuck in your arms and pull back your feet makes a lot of sense. Thanks for that advice.
    As well as (or maybe instead of) the Mylar “bird scare” ribbon, I suggest a partial roll of florescent surveyor’s tape.
    I am trying to figure out how to adapt this information for my own flying – since I fly a single-seat open cockpit Light Sport airplane. I have to bundle up, and I’m not sure how I’d be able to move with the vest and all the equipment under my jacket and flight suit. She’s given me a lot to think about. Thanks for posting this.

    • Lynn Gardner
      October 27, 2018, 10:01 am   /  Reply

      How about using a tether to your pants belt loop

  50. February 20, 2013, 9:35 pm   /  Reply


  51. February 20, 2013, 9:31 pm   /  Reply

    Karen…yeah! A life well lived!

  52. Anne Wright
    February 20, 2013, 12:05 pm   /  Reply

    Linda, the J3 looks beautiful so far, and will be a big accomplishment for you when it’s done. I can’t wait to see it in the air!

  53. Anne Wright
    February 20, 2013, 12:03 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you, Judy & Craig! Craig, you’re a real sweetheart for doing this for us – I bet it’s taken a lot of time and effort that could have been used doing something else, but it’s greatly appreciated. I can’t wait to see the new site!

  54. david
    February 19, 2013, 10:43 am   /  Reply

    One day. Maybe.

  55. kathyh
    February 18, 2013, 9:19 pm   /  Reply

    Hey Linda,
    We will have the J-5 done before your cub…..

  56. Rich Dugger
    February 17, 2013, 6:00 pm   /  Reply

    Nothing like having a genius ion the family….

  57. Carri Hoagland
    February 17, 2013, 5:19 pm   /  Reply

    I can’t wait to see the new site.

  58. February 17, 2013, 1:42 pm   /  Reply


  59. Sharon Tinkler
    February 17, 2013, 12:47 pm   /  Reply

    Wonderful news! It will be good fun to be able to find our LLT friends and communicate easily. I, too, have a computer son who launched me 30 years ago. 🙂 Thank you Judy and Craig!

  60. Angela Wasmus
    February 15, 2013, 3:18 pm   /  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS on your new airplane. No one deserves that Champ more than you do. It is such a sentimental airplane and I am so happy to hear you are flying it so often. Its crazy how us airplane people give our aircraft personalities!! I honestly pray that the airplane will take care of you!! lots of love!!!

  61. February 14, 2013, 9:20 am   /  Reply

    Jessie, I met you and Dale in Llano back in October. I had the red/white 140. I must say your plane is even prettier in person!

    As a father of two daughters, it always make me smile when I see women flying. As a guy who hangs out at the airport every weekend, I know it can’t be easy to walk into an almost exclusively boy’s club. Sounds like your parents helped to put the love of flying in your heart.

    If the weather is nice, I’m trying to get a bunch of friends to fly over to Boerne this weekend. I’ll send Dale an email in case you two can join!

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  63. February 13, 2013, 9:40 pm   /  Reply

    Wowser. I flew over with Chris Arvin to the same iPad thingy and didn’t even see you or the Rans Falcon. Chris had some chores so scarfed down some hot dogs and headed back to Mt. Comfort. Bet it was cramped with the four of you flying back in the Zenith. (chuckle, chuckle.)

    • February 13, 2013, 10:00 pm   /  Reply

      Mike, you’re cracking me up. The Zenith stuck with me all day…till I really needed him. I still think he shot my tailwheel off … from a distance. A year ago he swears I shot him down when we were flying formation, he lost his drive belt and did an emergency landing in his 601. Sorry I missed you at Terry!

  64. Nina Marousek
    February 12, 2013, 10:49 pm   /  Reply

    This is lady pilot chicken soup for the aviation soul–must return! 😀

  65. Donna Guerin
    February 12, 2013, 1:47 pm   /  Reply

    Congratulations Katie. Maybe I will see you around at some flyin breakfasts or at LLT in Savannah. If you ever see a red supercub out then be sure to come say high.

  66. Beth
    February 12, 2013, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

    Congrats Katie – so proud of you! You are amazing!!!

  67. Brenda in Minnie
    February 11, 2013, 5:27 pm   /  Reply

    Judy Jetson was draggin’ some major tail!! 🙂

    Even with the break, it looks like it ended up being a good day!

  68. Dan
    February 11, 2013, 8:55 am   /  Reply

    Replace that wheel with a skid and you could be an old school taildragger pilot.

  69. Carri Hoagland
    February 10, 2013, 3:32 pm   /  Reply

    It is nice to have a guy(s) around once in awhile to come to a damsel in distress. Glad things were not to serious.

  70. February 10, 2013, 12:58 pm   /  Reply

    “Judy, don’t you think you’re taking this taildragger thing a little too far?!!”

    Respectfully disagree with the critics….. and am happy the tailwheel incident turned out real well. Nobody I know shows more enthusiasim about tailwheel & flying than Judy Birchler. The best tailwheel website in existance. Judy keep up the good work & enthusiasim.

  71. Tom De Moor
    February 9, 2013, 4:46 pm   /  Reply

    Hello Nancy,

    Green of envy about N14LB.

    Give me a call when it needs a new home. We pilots are not owners, just caretakers.

    Fly straight , fly safe.

    All the best and greetings from EBGB,


    N2501A, F-PJKV, F-PEGA
    and in love with all beautifull things

  72. Adina Szewczyk
    February 8, 2013, 5:55 pm   /  Reply

    Oh those pictures! Yes yes! Bring on spring Please!!!

  73. Rich Dugger
    February 8, 2013, 2:01 pm   /  Reply

    78 in central TX yesterday. C’mon down!

    You’ll love it.

  74. Jill
    February 8, 2013, 1:52 pm   /  Reply

    I hear you! I cannot WAIT for the temps to climb above 35 for an extended period of time…

  75. Joy
    February 6, 2013, 11:55 am   /  Reply

    My first choice is FedEx Airbus captain Wally Soplata. He has a clipped-wing Cub at Wolf River

  76. February 6, 2013, 9:02 am   /  Reply

    I have always wanted to be a taildragger pilot. That is my goal as a pilot. It would be great to have some of your pilots come to Florida to set up a table at our event at Arthur Dunn (X21) on Saturday March 9, 2013.

  77. February 6, 2013, 9:00 am   /  Reply

    First of all, I would like to invite the Ladies who love Taildraggers to an upcoming event near Kennedy Space Center on the Space Coast of Florida on Saturday March 9, 2013 at Arthur Dunn (X21). We are planning to give free rides to women and girls, focusing primarily on the middle school and early high school girls. We need more women pilots to give rides that day. Please get the word out and see our website

    Also, Matilde Moisant was the first woman to fly in Mexico in 1911.

  78. Bill Tracy
    February 5, 2013, 10:38 am   /  Reply

    AOPA has a data base of CFI’s. Doesn’t say what they train in so you might have to make a few calls

  79. February 4, 2013, 11:57 pm   /  Reply

    Pat, We have a CFI here in KLUG (Lewisburg) that weighs about 160 lbs and is very familiar with LSA. He also does some flying for Jabaru out of Shelbyville.
    Call Mike Kellems at 931/ 993-7623
    John Murphy

  80. Melissa
    February 4, 2013, 10:39 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Pat! I’m a BC-12D owner in Pleasant View, TN. Will ask around and see what I can find out for you.
    Beautiful plane! Congrats! Hope to see you ’round!
    Melissa Abner

  81. February 4, 2013, 3:29 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations Donna and Phil, wishing you both lots of happiness.
    Cheers Neroli and Bill

  82. Anne Wright
    January 29, 2013, 11:06 am   /  Reply

    Now that’s some creative thinking, Freya! Did the kids see you?

  83. Carri Hoagland
    January 26, 2013, 8:51 pm   /  Reply

    Neat. I fly a Pitts S1C and a Taylorcraft. Nothing but taildraggers.

  84. January 26, 2013, 11:14 am   /  Reply

    Great pictures ..I see grand adventure!

  85. Bill Tracy
    January 26, 2013, 10:52 am   /  Reply

    You need to make your way up to the Super Cub Fly-in at Gastons Memorial day week end. Then you canhead over to the LLT fly-in

  86. Wayne Lyons
    January 24, 2013, 1:16 am   /  Reply

    Tina, your the best, Great article. Paso Airfield is still a blast from the past, all the gated and fenced airports drive the new people away before they can learn enough about flying to get interested in it.

  87. January 23, 2013, 4:22 pm   /  Reply


    Sorry things didn’t work out. I have to say, my building another airplane wasn’t the best idea for personal time management. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  88. Anne Wright
    January 22, 2013, 11:29 am   /  Reply

    I’d love to participate, when the weather warms up. It’s 0* here now, too cold for me!

  89. January 20, 2013, 2:56 am   /  Reply

    Terri, Kathy, and Jacque –
    We ought to meet for breakfast at Mulino or Independence – once the weather is flyable! It seemed perfect today: clear, bright, and calm- at least it was at Sandy River Airport, where I hangar. But up in the air at 2500′ msl, there was a solid cloud layer from Estacada south, and from Grove (Camas) north. So I just did some “sightseeing” up the Gorge. It was glorious!
    Hope that we get to connect sometime in the future.

    Arty Trost

    • Jacque Swan
      January 20, 2013, 2:02 pm   /  Reply

      That would be fun! I would have to drive, as I cannot solo away from my home airport yet, but I would love to meet you all.

  90. Heather
    January 19, 2013, 12:12 am   /  Reply

    I’d be up for the challenge! I’m in California, though.

  91. Alan
    January 17, 2013, 9:58 pm   /  Reply

    Wonderful. Glad you were able to make it!

  92. Dan
    January 16, 2013, 5:06 pm   /  Reply

    Very nice.

  93. jeannie phillips
    January 15, 2013, 11:13 am   /  Reply

    Thank you!

    January 14, 2013, 11:29 pm   /  Reply

    I’m happy to see this photo of Marjorie Crawford ….as she is my
    Great aunt! She is the sister of my paternal grandfather and she spent a lot of time with my dad as teens and into their twenties.
    I only had 2 family photos of her until I started finding a few on the Internet in the last couple of years!

    Thank you for giving honor to her and all the other fabulous women on your web site!

    Sincerely, Jeanette

  95. Jerry Griggs
    January 14, 2013, 8:26 pm   /  Reply

    I really like the photo of the sunset over Cape Cod while VFR on top a broken to scattered layer.

  96. Tony Tucker
    January 13, 2013, 2:32 pm   /  Reply

    I see your picture of 72EB, one of Joy Bowden’s airplanes over at Houston Southwest Airport. I have flown it many times, actually got my tailwheel endorsement from Joy Bowden in it years ago. Keep chasing your dream. Just keep that stick back and you will find it. Tony.

  97. Cynthia Florsheim
    January 12, 2013, 10:48 pm   /  Reply

    Those sure are great reasons to love your traildragger.

  98. January 12, 2013, 1:37 pm   /  Reply

    Hello! I’ve been following your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  99. Linda Melhoff
    January 12, 2013, 12:49 am   /  Reply

    Hi Tina,
    Thanks so much for sharing your post. I SO relate to it all.
    I’m lucky to have a hangar at a great airport with a grass strip beside the pavement and a clubhouse where we get together often. Most of all, I’m grateful for the women I’ve met through the airport. I like flying with my husband but there is nothing like being to talk aviation and experience the fun of flying with other women.
    Stop and visit if you’re ever headed north near Portland, Oregon. We are at 7S9 Lenhardt Air Haven. We would love to meet you and your daughter.
    Linda Buroker-Melhoff

  100. Larry m Gibson
    January 10, 2013, 4:34 pm   /  Reply

    I’m probably just jealous because you’re flying and I’m not. Is that a 185 or a modified 180? I noticed the 3 bladed prop, the squared off tail and the extra side windows.

  101. Mike
    January 8, 2013, 10:43 am   /  Reply

    Elisa – Looks like fun. I was just in Bavaria last month and checked out Motorfliegerclub Warngau Everything was closed. But it was a beautiful day and I was wishing I had my Cub there that day. Where do you fly from? I’m going back to Bavaria/Austria at the end of Feb.

  102. Sharon Tinkler
    January 8, 2013, 8:40 am   /  Reply

    Tina, I love your posting and really love your beautiful airplane. I hope to meet you one day at an Antique Airplane Assoc event. That’s where I hang out 🙂 Any chance you can make it to Blakesburg this year?

  103. Mike
    January 7, 2013, 5:07 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Dee – Do you mind if we use this story in the next edition of Liaison Brief by Legend. It’s an email newsletter I write for the company. Thx.

  104. Sharon Tinkler
    January 6, 2013, 7:34 pm   /  Reply

    Outstanding news!!

  105. Rich Dugger
    January 6, 2013, 5:28 pm   /  Reply

    It has been so cool to watch your little website grow in to such a great venue for you “girls” to share yor love of flying.
    Kudos to you.
    Fantastic job!!


  106. January 4, 2013, 11:02 pm   /  Reply

    Come fly in to Dietz Airpark sometime – ’cause that’s where I live.
    Or – circle the Hubbard Post Office and i promise to come out and wave.
    Happy tailwinds.

  107. January 4, 2013, 6:08 pm   /  Reply

    Congratulations Judi! Judi started the new year by finishing her tail dragger endorsement… on skis! Good job.

  108. Jacque Swan
    January 4, 2013, 4:26 pm   /  Reply

    Welcome Terri! Nice to see a fellow Oregonian.

  109. Karen Croskell
    January 2, 2013, 11:21 am   /  Reply

    Lisa, sorry for the late response, I’ve been working ALOT, not enough time to fly our Super Cub! Yes we still drove to OSH after our Cub burned ane within 2 months the insurance co bought us an ever better Cub. I have gotten to commute 3 times to work in it!

  110. Elisa
    January 1, 2013, 12:35 pm   /  Reply

    And congratulations for that amazing gift !!!

  111. Elisa
    January 1, 2013, 12:31 pm   /  Reply

    Such a lovely plane! Great pictures 🙂

  112. Lane Hardison
    December 31, 2012, 6:34 am   /  Reply

    Hi Lane,

    It is neat to met another Lane It is name that is not too common as you know.
    Congrats on the Certificate!

    I am an Airplane driver Too!


    • lane
      January 2, 2013, 10:30 am   /  Reply

      How cool! You’re right – I haven’t met very many “Lanes” out there. So cool to meet another Lane pilot!

      • Lane Hardison
        January 3, 2013, 7:17 am   /  Reply

        you can find me at lane_h10 at the yahoodotcom

        I flew a J3 from ADS “Dallas” to Columbus Ohio. That was in 1984
        A friend bought it for $8000.00 every one said he was Crazy.
        we both worked at the company in Dallas flying Lear Jets and Falcon 20’s for a charter company
        We were both FO’s I had 1800 hours at the time and about 300 of that was in cubs back in Southern VA
        I checked him out in the CUB and I flew it up north to have it recovered. After some research was conducted on it’s Pedigree
        It turns out it has some real History. It was 1 of 48 cubs built that flew in Europe and the USA to generate funds for the World War one pilots wives benevolent fund.

        More on all that Latter I just drove a pick up truck from Abilene TX to Jackson TN I am dead tired.
        Thanks for the reply Lane.


        • lane
          January 4, 2013, 5:01 pm   /  Reply

          Wow! That is an incredible story (both yours and the airplane’s!). I’ve always wanted to take a long Cub trip (have you read the book Flight of Passage?), and I still hope to at some point. I should look into the history of the Cub I fly! I got a book for Christmas on the history of Piper and Piper Cubs that I’m looking forward to reading. Thanks so much for sharing your story Lane! My email is

  113. Owen Stiegelmeier
    December 30, 2012, 8:15 pm   /  Reply

    Nancy ,what a great story. From a fellow UFO and tail dragger pilot I am not ready to hang it up yet but have to admit I thought about it many times.Happy new year.

  114. December 27, 2012, 2:46 pm   /  Reply

    Congrats, Jan, on adopting “Elsie” your LC-126 (a.k.a., Cessna 195)! Can’t wait to meet her!

    • Jan Johnson
      January 18, 2013, 9:49 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks, Coyle!
      I partially blame YOU for this insanity. After all, it was YOUR beautiful yellow and white Cessna 195 that I crossed paths with at Oshkosh in 2010. I stopped in my tracks and took two photos of your baby. I was instantly smitten, and knew someday I too would own a 195. Or rather, a 195 would own ME!

      You have permission to fly Elsie whenever you are in town. Let me know, and the left seat is yours.

      Radially yours,

  115. Elaine Kauh
    December 26, 2012, 4:03 pm   /  Reply

    I loved seeing your Cardinal, which is my favorite nosewheel to fly! Years ago I used to fly one that looked nearly identical – the gorgeous maroon color scheme and the STOL kit with the ‘thin wings’. Now I am building my Cardinal time in a similar 177A. What a beautiful airplane to go with this touching story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  116. Anne Wright
    December 25, 2012, 11:21 am   /  Reply

    Is that the Happy Champ in the background?? Love the family photo! Hope Santa brought all of you happiness and health for Christmas!

  117. December 23, 2012, 5:34 pm   /  Reply

    Are you sure Aeronca’s are number #2 ??????????????

  118. Victoria Bond
    December 23, 2012, 10:53 am   /  Reply

    Merry Christmas Joy! Watch out for the bears on the west side of Cook Inlet! How do you like your skis? Hope to see you in Idaho/Utah this coming summer.

    Maybe one day I’ll fly to Alaska too!

    Stay warm and light up the night skies with some fire!

  119. December 23, 2012, 5:36 am   /  Reply

    Great photo lineup! I sure hope the bugs were cleaned off in that one photo where she’s kissing the spinner 🙂 I wish there was more Light Sport aircraft in use by ladies – they are so economical!

  120. T C Whitcomb
    December 21, 2012, 5:52 pm   /  Reply

    Ms. White; Enjoyed your “TD” video landing on turf, 1st I experienced since quitting in ’97, NICE! My 1st flight was in ’43 while in USAAF (WWII). Flew transports, mostly C47 w/1st Combat Cargo Group & 1st Troop Carrier Command. Was among the 1969 founders of Flying Circus Aerodrome/Airshow in VA, and flew the US East Coast Show Circuit 1969 – 1997. Thanks for the video posting. I smiled!

  121. L D Jeffries
    December 21, 2012, 12:03 pm   /  Reply

    There are two possibilities in every pilots life. The time will come when they walk out to their aircraft not knowing this is their last flight, or when they walk out to their aircraft fully realizing it is their last flight. I believe for all of us who look skyward our entire lives, this event is as significant a day as our first flight or solo. I will choose the second if granted the choice, and stories like Nancy’s, although sad and heart tugging, are also uplifting and inspiring. Her “grandsons” will now carry it forward for life, and her courageous, generous, loving act will likely positively affect hundreds of current and future aviators. I salute you Nancy with tears in my eyes! God speed!

  122. Linda Melhoff
    December 21, 2012, 10:33 am   /  Reply

    My mother hung up her goggles at age 80 and gifted her 2 airplanes to her 2 pilot daughters. Her love of the sky never changed. She is proof that you are always a pilot and your long connection with aviation and the people you’ve met along the way does not end ever.

    I admire you, Nancy, and the decision you’ve made. Your story made my holiday!

  123. tina thomas
    December 21, 2012, 8:54 am   /  Reply

    Absolutely Amazing!

  124. Kelly Jeffries
    December 21, 2012, 8:32 am   /  Reply

    You are a class act, Nancy. You may no longer be PIC (Pilot in Command) but you certainly are a Pretty Impressive Chick! Have those boys chauffeur you to Savannah, TN for the next LLT Fly-in.

  125. December 21, 2012, 1:20 am   /  Reply

    Incredible !!!!!

  126. ginny wilken
    December 20, 2012, 10:15 pm   /  Reply

    Beautiful, and correct in every way, Nancy! I started later in life, too, and will have one gorgeous Skyhawk looking for a home eventually. I hope I find someone as worthy as you did.

    My partner, who is 84, this year stopped flying and “sold” his Mooney M20C, his for 48 years, to his friend and protegé in A&P stuff, who is in his 40s and raising a lovely family. The young man sold his C150 for $19K to a friend, and we sold the Mooney for that to him. Now he has something to take his wife and kids around. My partner regrets not a moment of either flying or quitting:)

    Quitting well is as important as flying well!

  127. Paco
    December 20, 2012, 10:01 pm   /  Reply

    You are more than a pilot.

  128. Anne Wright
    December 20, 2012, 9:34 pm   /  Reply

    This a wonderful story, but I cried all the way through!

  129. Dave Hoepfinger
    December 20, 2012, 9:30 pm   /  Reply

    There is no reward that measures up to giving, truly giving, which you have done Nancy.
    Come fly my PA-16 anytime. Merry Christmas.

  130. Natalie McHaffie
    December 20, 2012, 8:23 pm   /  Reply

    Thank-you. I’ve just sold my plane of 20 years, a Pitts Special and I too have had that “who am I?” feeling. Now I can think – I’m only 66, what kind of flying next – after all perhaps I too have 20 years to go.

  131. December 20, 2012, 12:55 am   /  Reply

    EXCELLENT !!!!!!

  132. Anne Wright
    December 18, 2012, 11:23 am   /  Reply

    I agree with Supercubs being #1, but I think you opened a big can of worms here. Whatever we fly, it’s awesome!

  133. judy
    December 18, 2012, 10:58 am   /  Reply

    Looks like I need to post the next 10 that didn’t make the cut!

  134. Bill Tracy
    December 18, 2012, 10:51 am   /  Reply

    I expected the RV’s to have a better showing

  135. December 18, 2012, 12:28 am   /  Reply

    Hi Natalie

    I think the answer is clear. You should get a Super Cub!!

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  137. December 17, 2012, 9:44 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Ladies! I fly a Luscombe….we should have a count on them as well! What do you think?

  138. Carri Hoagland
    December 17, 2012, 9:43 pm   /  Reply

    I don’t care. My Tcraft had a tear in her cowl but I wiped it away and told her she will be OK. I think she feels better now.

  139. Mike O.
    December 17, 2012, 9:41 pm   /  Reply

    It’s a shame you didn’t do the top twelve. The potential was there for a 2013 Ladies Love Taildraggers calendar. Great shots of great planes and their outstanding owners.

  140. Lisa Martin
    December 17, 2012, 9:40 pm   /  Reply

    Good news for the Super Girls’ Cub club 😉

  141. Natalie McHaffie
    December 17, 2012, 9:15 pm   /  Reply

    And here’s a good example of “you can’t keep up to date”. I sold my Pitts last weekend!
    So now, what should I get?

  142. Robert McDonald
    December 17, 2012, 9:11 pm   /  Reply

    Since the Decathlon is a souped up Citabria, and the Citabria is a souped up Champ, all three should be grouped together 🙂

  143. December 17, 2012, 9:04 pm   /  Reply

    Sorry Stephanie I know what you’re saying but the wing on a Decathlon/Citabria is the difference between a J3 & a Taylorcraft wing, totally different airfoil …and it has an inverted fuel system. Cessna 120/140 is only the flaps. You’re right though, grouping them would have put them #1!

  144. December 17, 2012, 8:46 pm   /  Reply

    I call “Foul”. A Decathalon is a Citabria.

  145. December 17, 2012, 8:25 pm   /  Reply

    Yes, there are some really cool places! Check out the Calendar for events, the Resources tab for our airstrip safety bulletins, and for photos from past events. My husband is still working on reopening Tuweep (by the Grand Canyon) and has a meeting at the capitol this week.

  146. Jean
    December 16, 2012, 3:11 pm   /  Reply

    I met Mary larimer at a CFI workshop in Lubbock this past summer. She is very passionate about this program. I hope to participate next year.

  147. Nina Marousek
    December 16, 2012, 12:23 pm   /  Reply

    This Looks like an AWESOME event…I’m only about 200nm due South of EFK, so count Ms. Bluebird and her pilot in–VFR permitting! 😀

  148. December 16, 2012, 11:39 am   /  Reply

    just awesome!

  149. Bill Tracy
    December 14, 2012, 3:48 pm   /  Reply

    Stefanie, Hope you post about some cool strips to visit in Arizona. There most be some fun remote strips in AZ to camp at.

  150. December 14, 2012, 12:09 pm   /  Reply

    I may soon!! Mine is just too big … and my son wants one just like I’ve got so maybe there’s a deal to be cut?!

  151. Anne Wright
    December 14, 2012, 11:26 am   /  Reply

    No space to spare is the name of my game. Anyone tried the iPad Mini yet?

  152. Victoria
    December 12, 2012, 8:56 pm   /  Reply

    Great story–


  153. Linda Melhoff
    December 10, 2012, 12:49 pm   /  Reply

    Bettie is my hero. I find our Taperwing to be quite daunting and she is a great inspiration. What courage!!
    Thanks for this post!

  154. December 10, 2012, 2:53 am   /  Reply

    What an adventurous woman! I love reading these kinds of stories about successful aviatrixes on the LLT website!

  155. Jerry Griggs
    December 9, 2012, 7:09 pm   /  Reply

    OMG, Judy, you ask the most embarrassing questions!

  156. Clay Silsby
    December 8, 2012, 9:06 pm   /  Reply

    Brian taught me to fly taildraggers too. What a great teacher. He is going to do some pinch hitter training with my wife. Hopefully, she will get hooked and get her certificate too.

  157. Lisa Martin
    December 8, 2012, 12:11 pm   /  Reply

    I was looking for a “Not yet” choice. Like your story, wind has pushed me right to the limit more than once. Wind can really bite, especially when it is much higher than forecast and it is a long way between airports with fuel (often the case in the mountain west).

  158. December 7, 2012, 12:18 am   /  Reply

    Adina good going.

  159. December 7, 2012, 12:16 am   /  Reply


    Good going on all that you have done and I know you are just starting to soar for higher places.

  160. Adina Szewczyk
    December 6, 2012, 10:54 pm   /  Reply

    Love it!!

  161. Ila Moses-King
    December 6, 2012, 10:27 pm   /  Reply

    Great video! MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!!

  162. Tiffany Goettl
    December 5, 2012, 12:16 am   /  Reply

    Carrie and Helen,

    You gals are t-craft experts and it sounds like you still love to fly them! That is awesome and based on the amount of fun I am having flying my little plane I hope to become one too! After what seemed like millions of touch and go’s with my infinitely patient instructor I finally got my landings and I am happy to report that I did my first solo today, so much fun! Thank you for your messages!

  163. Sharon Tinkler
    December 2, 2012, 5:28 pm   /  Reply


    Shoot me a text at 931-307-6532 with your email address? I can give you a little more information.


  164. Anne-Marie LaPointe
    December 2, 2012, 12:58 pm   /  Reply

    These ladies are doing just fantastic work! I found out about them a year ago. How I wish I could have made it down to Texas for their lastest session in Nov! Even though the flying and studying would have been done according to FAA knowledge, as opposed to Transport Canada knowledge, something like this would give me the much needed mentoring, shot of confidence and polishing of skills needed to finally pass my PPL. AND probably provide some much nicer and more dependable flying weather than Ontario in Nov/Dec! 🙂
    Still slugging away at my PPL as finances, weather and work obligations allow….

  165. Sharon Tinkler
    December 1, 2012, 9:25 pm   /  Reply


    It was nice to meet you at JZP today. I hope one day you and Deb can c’mon over here to Tullahoma for a visit. If it’s a Saturday then I would like to take you guys over to a unique restaurant in Normandy, TN, run by a couple of girlpilots who are pretty unique. Rhonda and Nikki flew quite a historic flight years ago… will tell the story. The restaurant is only open Sat and Sunday. On SAturday the meat they serve is smoked for 15 hours! If you come any other day of the week we’ll just have to make do with the luscombe 🙂

    • December 1, 2012, 10:21 pm   /  Reply

      OMG Sharon, I’ve been trying to get in touch with Rhonda or Nikki for a long time. Rhonda used to keep in touch but I’ve lost track of her. I had no idea they’d opened a restaurant. Holy cow! Next time you see Rhonda please tell her to send me a note. Or better yet, what’s the restaurant? I REALLY wanted them to come to our flyin in 2012 but didn’t work out.

  166. Helen Brennan
    December 1, 2012, 6:25 pm   /  Reply

    Outstanding, Judy! Merry Christmas!

  167. Steve
    December 1, 2012, 11:47 am   /  Reply

    Great Video!!!!! Merry Christmas and tailwinds top all!!!!

  168. Nyal Williams
    December 1, 2012, 12:21 am   /  Reply

    You gals drive me crazy! Wish I qualified for your club (almost.)

  169. Gayle
    November 30, 2012, 11:55 pm   /  Reply

    You always do the best LLT videos. Keep ’em coming!

  170. Gail
    November 30, 2012, 8:57 pm   /  Reply

    Lovely! Happy Holidays to you, and all the girls!

  171. November 30, 2012, 7:56 pm   /  Reply

    EXCELLENT Video !!!!!!!!

  172. Anne Wright
    November 30, 2012, 7:54 pm   /  Reply

    YES! Great video, and the music is perfect!

    I have that picture of the little girl in the pedal plane on my bathroom wall – she makes me smile.

  173. Lisa Martin
    November 30, 2012, 6:46 pm   /  Reply

    Now I’m in the mood for Christmas! Thanks Judy, your videos are always so much fun. There’s a lot of us, huh?

  174. Natalie McHaffie
    November 30, 2012, 5:49 pm   /  Reply

    OOPs – that’s the LLT blog : )

  175. Natalie McHaffie
    November 30, 2012, 5:48 pm   /  Reply

    Love it!
    The LLY blog definitely keeps me happy.

  176. Helen Brennan
    November 27, 2012, 12:11 pm   /  Reply

    Warning, Tiffany…. these little planes will spoil you and consume your flying life! I’ve owned mine for 15 yrs. and have close to 500 hrs. in my Taylorcraft. They are delightful to fly. And you will have to learn to be patient with the many elder aviators who will walk up to you and tell you about their first flight in a TCraft. Please keep us posted on your progress and welcome to the group!

  177. Carri Hoagland
    November 26, 2012, 9:07 pm   /  Reply

    I have thirty plus years and close to 1000 hours in my Tcraft. You made a great decision in both an airplane and a husband. Way to go girl.

  178. Jerry Griggs
    November 24, 2012, 9:41 pm   /  Reply

    What a neat little airport. And you are correct, the “stick” Aeronca Chief is a rare airplane indeed with only about 16 being built. One of the survivors is just north of Wichita, Kansas. Glad to know there is another one down in Texas.

  179. Lee Hendricks
    November 23, 2012, 6:03 pm   /  Reply

    I recently discovered a Clark family Bible given to my mother, Myra Hendricks by Elton E. Clark in Corvallis. In the accompanying letter it stated they had a daughter, Bev and I’m trying to trace her for family tree information. Are you this Beverly?
    Lee Hendricks

    • November 25, 2012, 12:25 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Lee, I am not that Bev Clark in Corvallis, OR that you are looking for. I have no family history from Oregong

  180. Mark Hanneman
    November 23, 2012, 3:20 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Trina,
    I grew up in Minnesota and now live in the Tri Cities, about an hour East of your parents. My brother and I own a 1946 Aeronca Chief. Enjoy the skies!

    • T.
      November 25, 2012, 12:00 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Mark! I’m hoping to get to KYKM in December for a little flying if the weather cooperates. Happy flying!

  181. November 23, 2012, 11:50 am   /  Reply

    Very COOL !! I have known Dianne for several years. Quite a Gal !!

  182. Anne Wright
    November 22, 2012, 11:28 am   /  Reply

    Welcome, Tiffany & Ted! Don’t be shy here, Tiffany. There’s a few student pilots on this site – you’re not the only one. You’ll get lots of advice and encouragement from the more experienced ladies here. Keep us updated on your progress, please!

  183. Phil Jones
    November 22, 2012, 2:47 am   /  Reply

    Hi Louise, great photos! Glad you visited the site & put them up. Chrs, phil

  184. Charley Tegerdine
    November 21, 2012, 9:05 pm   /  Reply

    Hey Louise,
    I couldn’t help but notice that you want to come to Alaska and fly. I just wanted to tell you that if you ever make it up here to look me up! I would love To go fly with you and show you around! I fly a super cub which I have bush wheels on in the summer time and skis in the winter! It is amazing country up here!

  185. Donald Hildebrand
    November 20, 2012, 8:18 pm   /  Reply

    I used to rent Lori’s Citabria and Decathlon at Hobby airport when here school was under or adjacent to, the old Hobby tower. Those planes where her babies.

    I remember one time she took delivery of a Cessna Skylane. One of the first with retractable gear. I was in instrument ground school at the time and they announced that this guy was up in the Skylane and couldn’t get the gear down. He elected to belly in at Ellington because he wanted them to foam the runway. I heard he missed the foam all together. They later came out with an AD on the hydraulic system.
    There are some other antics they pulled but you’ll have to ask Lori about them.

    She closed her flight school and I bought a Grumman so I lost touch with her.

    Those are some of my best flying memories!

  186. November 17, 2012, 9:47 pm   /  Reply

    just discovered your site. how much can you fly there in the wintertime? Does Priestlake freeze over ?

    • Olson
      November 18, 2012, 12:29 am   /  Reply

      Hi Ray (the handsome man in the photo with the Husky),
      As long as the air temp is above freezing I can fly the Lake off water until the bay freezes over. In the meantime I hope to have the Stearman up this winter. How ’bout you, skis on the Husky yet?
      Cheers, Olson

  187. Jim McGee
    November 17, 2012, 3:16 pm   /  Reply

    You girls should contact Massey Air Museum, Massey Maryland for a big fly in. Beautiful 3000 foot runway, real nice main building with clean restrooms and exceptional owners! Ask for Jim Douglas, or John. Nice Place!

  188. November 17, 2012, 9:26 am   /  Reply

    Excellent !!

  189. Jessica Lo
    November 16, 2012, 11:46 am   /  Reply

    It was much easier the Second time!! Hahaha!

  190. Lisa Martin
    November 15, 2012, 9:13 am   /  Reply

    That was fun. I got a few right. I need to be more vigilant here on LLT – now that I’m moved and all hooked up here in Hayden, ID. Thank you Judy!

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  192. Linda Melhoff
    November 13, 2012, 4:31 pm   /  Reply

    Belated Happy Birthday, Judy! Love the cake.
    Thanks for all you do to make this the best website ever.
    Linda Buroker-Melhoff

  193. Helen Brennan
    November 13, 2012, 1:05 pm   /  Reply

    Good job, Brent!

  194. Linda Melhoff
    November 13, 2012, 11:56 am   /  Reply

    How cool to read the exchange above. I’m happy for you.
    I just wanted to compliment you on your story and wish I could share it with every young woman encountering obstacles in their life. Your Luscombe bit you (smashed your hand) and kicked your ego but you didn’t give up. You’ve experienced great rewards because of your tenacity. A great life lesson. Bravo!!

  195. DB
    November 13, 2012, 1:28 am   /  Reply

    Last week I was in the hangar at KEFD Freya Shiller posted a picture of. It’s the best hangar I’ve ever seen. The tile floor was gorgeous. And it was full of warbirds, which is why I was there.

  196. November 13, 2012, 12:57 am   /  Reply

    We fly great planes for sight seeing, and when it is time to leave town these sweet old birds will fly all day, every day to anywhere in the country.
    Stop by to say hi at Oshkosh. My plane will be down in vintage camping again next summer.

  197. November 12, 2012, 1:24 am   /  Reply

    C’est le pied ! comme on dirait en français !

    I did fly a Stinson in Lyon ( France ) back in 1958….I was 15 …….
    What a plane !

  198. Carri Hoagland
    November 11, 2012, 9:38 pm   /  Reply

    Welcome aboard Tina. We all have the one common passion of loving to fly taildraggers.

  199. Paul K
    November 11, 2012, 9:46 am   /  Reply

    Putting any significant weight on the lift struts is a big no-no. I normally dont take part in these comments but don’t want to see a plane damaged or a person hurt.

  200. Helen Brennan
    November 10, 2012, 9:48 pm   /  Reply


  201. November 10, 2012, 9:18 pm   /  Reply

    That was too much fun!!!!

  202. Helen
    November 10, 2012, 5:55 pm   /  Reply

    Great photos on your blog of your adventure, Louise! This trip will be something that you will always remember. Fly safely!


  203. Bob
    November 9, 2012, 4:12 pm   /  Reply

    Congrats Sandy,
    I hope you have hours of fun in your new plane. You picked the right one, the “B” is the best of the bunch. I’m a Luscombe driver but have had my eye on the 170B also. I know you’ve only had it for a little while but what do you think so far?

  204. November 9, 2012, 11:48 am   /  Reply

    Louise – that decal on the strut says DO NOT STAND, so I guess you are ok sitting??? 🙂

  205. November 8, 2012, 12:19 am   /  Reply

    Awesome story, Judy! Thanks for sharing!

  206. Hisako Sparks
    November 4, 2012, 11:43 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Jessie,

    My husband and I are building a new 50×80 hanger at E70. We have Grumman Tiger and we have some space to park some other airplane. The hanger will be finished hopefully the end of this month. I don’t know which part of town you live and if you still looking for the hanger space, we are happy to invite you to our hanger for the reasonable fee. Please let us know. The runway at E70 has just reserfaced.

    I hope to see you some time because I am learning to fly and I have not met many female pilot.


  207. Judy
    November 2, 2012, 4:47 pm   /  Reply

    Ila and Sharon, it’s so cool to see you both find each other AND your mutual love. I hope one of you buys it and takes it home with you. Sounds like destiny to me.

  208. Rich Dugger
    October 31, 2012, 10:14 pm   /  Reply

    The guy in the blue and white suit had that airplane for sale a while back on eBay and included a couple of those pics in the auction ad.

    I will never be able to get that image out of my mind.
    Now where did I put the Visine?????

  209. October 31, 2012, 3:02 pm   /  Reply


    I am so excited to see your post!! And now I know the rest of the story 🙂

    I bought your airplane from a lady based at Reigle Field in Pennsylvannia, changed the tail number back to her original tail number of N1955K, and flew her all over the place. She was named “Gracie” (for Child of grace) and I loved her to death. She and I were based at Lee Airport in Annapolis, MD. From there she flew repeatedly to Antique Airfield in Blakesburg, Iowa, and back once a year for a few years. She has also been down the Mississippi River from Iowa to Houston, and home to Annapolis from there via the southeastern states.

    Check my page on LLT and you will see me and her in Mattoon Illinois. I had a picture once of her completely hidden by her coloring on the ramp at Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Wish I could find that. She had a ball that would have liked to slide all the way out to the passenger side if I so much as looked down at a sectional. One side didn’t match the other. Aluminum tank on one side, plyocell on the other. Ski strut on one side – none on the other. One I developed a flat tailwheel tire over on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but didn’t know anything was amiss until AFTER my roll out on the grass back at Lee and then I tried to taxi on the asphalt. Wow! But she took care of me until it was safe to reveal her situation 🙂 Never knew there was a problem from the landing. She was one of a kind and I loved her very much. She had a very sweet spirit.

    She now lives at Mallards Landing Airpark SE of Hartsfield outside of Atlanta. New Daddy is Charlie Weems. I think I saw her for sale on Barnstormers briefly, but I don’t think she sold.


    • Ila Moses-King
      November 2, 2012, 9:35 am   /  Reply

      Sharon…I can’t believe it!!! I have been looking everywhere for “my” Luscombe….thank you so much for sharing your story. I am glad you love her…she was very good to me too. I would die to have her back. If you know where she is or hear of her for sale PLEASE let me know. I will check out the information in your letter.

      Ila 214-364-0664

      • November 2, 2012, 4:28 pm   /  Reply


        I believe you CAN get your baby back. Shoot me an email at and we can communicate off list. She really needs to fly and I don’t think she has been getting much of that for the past few years. She is such a sweetheart and I bet she misses her Mommy….. or one of them anyway 😉

    • Ila Moses-King
      November 2, 2012, 2:33 pm   /  Reply

      Sharon…thanks to you I found “our” Luscombe! I sent Mr. Weems a message and he called back. I still can’t believe it!!!! He was as excited as I am…Mr Weems said that he didn’t sell the Luscombe and that he loves to fly it and does twice a week. He is 85…how cool is that? He asked me if I had put Gracie on it and I told him no but you had and I told him the story about it. I told him that I had my sons names on the right wheel pants saying “Copilots Brian & Geoffrey”….you must have seen that too because I was shocked when he said that the wheel pants are safe in his hangar and the names are still on it! Wow! I never expected that but my sons are so excited to hear that too.

      I am forever in debt to Ladies Love Taildraggers for posting my silly note and finding the pictures on my FB…I may have never found this special little taildragger. Thank you Sharon. Something else that will stay if I ever get it back is Gracie….my grandaughters name is Gracie!!

      • Sharon
        November 2, 2012, 8:01 pm   /  Reply

        Okay, that gave me goosebumps :). Of course I saw your sons names! And the Gracie part? Girl, we are sisters who just ain’t met yet. I will fly to Atlanta when you go to pick her up one of these days in hgr future :). We will 2 ship it part of your way home !!

  210. October 31, 2012, 2:12 pm   /  Reply

    Ila welcome to LLT! If you’re not a member of CLA (Continental Luscombe Associate) you should check them out – great group of folks. They have a Columbia, CA Fly-in every year in March that is a ball. I’m at Bulverde airpark out in San Antonio area. Let me know if you’re ever in the area!
    Take care,

    • Ila Moses-King
      November 2, 2012, 9:38 am   /  Reply

      I will! Thank you 🙂

  211. Bill Tracy
    October 29, 2012, 8:27 pm   /  Reply

    Last one

  212. Bill Tracy
    October 29, 2012, 8:26 pm   /  Reply

    No way to show it in just one photo

  213. Bill Tracy
    October 29, 2012, 8:25 pm   /  Reply

    Don’t remember the owners name but its at Lewiston Montana. Has a working ice cream bar and a mock up service station in it plus a bit of a museum

  214. Captain L. D.
    October 29, 2012, 4:22 pm   /  Reply

    Kelly and “Fifi” would be my number one choice!

  215. October 29, 2012, 10:12 am   /  Reply

    Kelly Jeffries! Kelly Jeffries! Kelly Jeffries!

  216. Michael Gorsline
    October 29, 2012, 9:26 am   /  Reply

    I really love to fly and If I only had to choose one then it would by far be to fly Kelly Jeffries. There is just something about her which makes me want to fly with her. Gorz.

  217. Kevin Russell
    October 29, 2012, 4:16 am   /  Reply

    I Like Kelly Jeffries

  218. Dan
    October 27, 2012, 9:12 pm   /  Reply

    Enjoy your flight on Tuesday!! Lol. Just get a rope and fly that cub like a kite.

  219. Dan
    October 27, 2012, 8:09 am   /  Reply

    Fly: All of them.
    Own: All of them.
    Afford: Aeronca and J-3

  220. Gail
    October 26, 2012, 11:39 am   /  Reply

    Hi Judy!

    Great new option! I think it worked but it would be great if we could leave comments. (If we can do that for each plane I wasn’t smart enough to figure it out!) Having flown quite a few of these and owning one (YAY!) I’d love to have everyone’s opinon on what it was like to fly.

    Here are my comments on the ones I’ve flown (note that these comments, with one exception, are from flying other planes of the same type, not the actual ones pictured):

    C140: Sweet flying little Cessna, very forgiving and if you like to fly with a yoke it’s a great little plane.

    Super Cub: Great all-around taildragger as long as you are not in a rush to get somewhere and are somewhat flexible for getting in and out. A well-rigged cub flies like butter but be sure to fly before you buy, I’ve flown some that were heavy and generally a bit of a PIA to fly. Big tires and skis are very fun accessories!

    Pitts S2B: A whole lot of fun in a tiny package. Single-seaters can be had for amazingly low prices so if you are into aerobatics it’s a great starter plane. However, this plane is not for you if you want forward visibility while landing. There’s a reason for the plexiglass panel in the bottom of the cockpit. Check with your insurance company as well before you buy.

    450 Stearman: Be the star of the fly in wherever you go! If you can afford one of these (and possibly a good gym membership to maintain your strength for horsing it around) you want one! You’ll never lack help for ground maneuvering as you’ll always draw a crowd but it takes two hands on the stick for me to get it around in a roll. But you’ll be having a great time doing it!

    Bücker Jungmann: A significant number of the flight test pilots for this plane were women (in the 1930’s no less–go girls!). The cockpit size is perfect for a woman, rudder pedals adjust for even the most petite ladies, it’s light and easily maneuvered at all speeds in the air, and easy to move on the ground. The ‘Stradivarius’ of biplanes, even the worst-rigged Bücker flies a well-rigged Cub. If you can find one, like to go upside down from time-to-time and don’t mind answering a lot of questions every time you go somewhere, you’ll love this plane.

    J3 Cub: If it were a perfect world every pilot would have a J3 (or Champ) in their hangar just for flying with the door open at the end of the day when the light turns warm and sweet. Or to go for a morning tour of the neighborhood. If well rigged, these fly so sweetly they’ll spoil you for most other aircraft. Michael Maya Charles calls his J3 ‘Sensei’ because it always teaches him something every time he flies it.

  221. Sandy Maurer
    October 26, 2012, 1:02 am   /  Reply

    I concur with Anne-Marie. The bar was set very high. Hmmm…what does Judy have in mind to top this past LLT flyin? Boyd doing the zumba? Montille offering every lady pilot flying in a 5 gal rebate?

  222. Helen Brennan
    October 25, 2012, 9:53 pm   /  Reply

    Win…. your film is magical, almost taking us back to the day. It surely represents much thought and work and something of which you should be very proud. And thanks to Judy for making us aware of it!

    Helen B.

  223. October 25, 2012, 9:31 pm   /  Reply

    Excellent Judy !!

  224. October 25, 2012, 11:12 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for the kind words about my film. You are women after my own heart. I still have my 1947 Luscombe 8A which is under restoration in NJ. Bought it in 1979. Still my favorite.


    Win Perkins

  225. Anne-Marie LaPointe
    October 24, 2012, 8:34 pm   /  Reply

    Now how could next years fly-in possibly be better than this years?!

  226. Aileen Watkins
    October 23, 2012, 7:25 am   /  Reply

    Hi Sarah, great to see you here! If you can dream it, you can do it. Let’s go fly.

  227. Faith
    October 20, 2012, 6:34 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Linda, of course! I would love to connect with Lindsay and talk about how women can succeed and excel in this industry. My email is Faith AT FLAviationCenter DOT com.

    Our website ( will be up and running within a few weeks; in the meantime we are on Facebook at

    I look forward to hearing more from you and Lindsay!

  228. Linda Melhoff
    October 20, 2012, 5:17 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Olson,
    Could I get your email address? I don’t get on LLT or facebook as often as I’d like.
    I haven’t been to the Bird museum in Sagle but Sally has been there on several occasions. I’ll have to ask her if there is anything about mom there.
    Linda Buroker-Melhoff

  229. Linda Melhoff
    October 20, 2012, 5:12 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Faith
    My 15 yr old granddaughter, Lindsay, dreams of being an airline pilot. She’s had a couple of intro flights and I want to help her connect with you and your business to see what exciting things young women can do in aviation.
    Could I get your email and/or the website address for FL Aviation Center? I’d like to send you her picture.
    Linda Melhoff

  230. Anne Wright
    October 20, 2012, 12:56 pm   /  Reply

    I often dream of flying a Beaver on floats or skis, and that’s why I still buy the occasional lottery ticket. I love my Supercub, but a Beaver is just the cat’s meow! Glad to see this video is making the rounds again – it’s been awhile since I’ve watched and I always enjoy it.

  231. October 20, 2012, 11:31 am   /  Reply

    The websters definition of “Enthusiasm” is JUDY BIRCHLER
    Thank you for sharing your very personal story with Type 1 Diabetes.

    Please click on:

  232. DB
    October 19, 2012, 8:51 pm   /  Reply

    I didn’t know what to expect when pressing play, but now I’ve got a big smile on my face. Thanks for sharing that!

  233. October 18, 2012, 8:34 pm   /  Reply

    You got my attention on this one Carri. Well, I guess you would be depressed losing your daughter and going through all that too. So is this common knowledge or are you coming out of the closet here? I know there’s a long list of depression meds you can’t get a medical on. You may be as lucky as me to still be flying.

  234. Carri Hoagland
    October 18, 2012, 6:54 pm   /  Reply

    Nothing is impossible if you have the desire and courage to tackle the insurmountable. I can relate when I called the FAA and said I had a name change, sex change and had been treated for depression. I now fly with a Class 3 medical with no restrictions and life is good.
    Thanks for sharing Judy.

  235. Nick Cain
    October 18, 2012, 11:20 am   /  Reply

    Just back from AOPA Summit. Great event. In the AV WEB blogs, lots of complainers these days. Usually about somebody not getting the oil companies to lower fuel costs. Why blame AOPA? Anyway, my reply was… if you have a passion for flying, you will make it happen. If not, you will fade away while complaining.
    YOU… clearly have the PASSION. You have overcome serious obstacles in order to fly. And Taildraggers to boot !!!
    Well done, or good on you as they say downunder. I am impressed. Best of luck and stick with it. Get it?
    Cheers, Nick (husband of a tailwheel flyer)

  236. Melissa
    October 18, 2012, 8:09 am   /  Reply

    You make it work! 🙂 Not an easy task with IDDM; but, you get through it! That is awesome! 🙂 What an inspiration to others you can be! Thanks for sharing!

  237. Helen
    October 18, 2012, 7:54 am   /  Reply

    Judy…. you are an inspiration on so many different levels. Thank you for being YOU!


  238. John Murphy
    October 17, 2012, 11:13 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks for sharing another example of a pilot’s love of flying.
    Wishing you well.

  239. Jerry Griggs
    October 17, 2012, 3:27 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Lane. Any relationship to Randy Davis in the area? He flies Learjet’s among other things out of Cartersville and his daughter, Bethany, is rated in Learjet’s as well as 90HP Super Cub owner.

    • Lane
      October 19, 2012, 4:20 pm   /  Reply

      Indeed there is a relation! Randy is my uncle and Bethany is my cousin! We are a flying family. I visit Uncle Randy and my grandparents in Cartersville frequently (my first solo cross country wad from PDK to VPC). Bethany has been an amazing mentor to me throughout my flight training. She took me to the Women in Aviation International conference in Reno a couple of years ago. We have some great photos of our cub and her cub parked next to each other in a grass strip in Carersville. How are you acquainted with Randy and Bethany?

      • Jerry Griggs
        October 31, 2012, 8:43 am   /  Reply

        Hi Lane, I know Randy and Bethany because I was Randy’s simulator instructor when he was flying the Learjet 24 and 35. Now I think he is in the Gulfstream and Citation mostly. Bethany came through Learjet simulator probably around 2004 or 2005. While I wasn’t her instructor I did meet her the two weeks she was in Wichita for training. Randy will remember me as I actively did many of his recurrent simulator training flights during 1984 until about 2002. I still communicate with him a few times per year on business between Phoenix Air and FlightSafety. I only met Bethany during those two weeks of training but she reminded me somewhat of my younger daughter. Bethany met a lot of people during training so her memory of me will be sort of vague.

        Jerry Griggs

  240. lane
    October 16, 2012, 6:23 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you for all the kind replies! I have been inspired pilots like you all!

  241. Clayton stansell
    October 16, 2012, 4:24 pm   /  Reply

    Love the old 175s especially with big engines. I’ve got over 2700 hours in mine. Do you have paper work for the big tires? They stuck out down here in nm and are an invite to a ramp check, but would love to have em.

  242. Olson Fenwick
    October 16, 2012, 4:03 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Linda,

    My friend Alan gave me your Mom’s book recently and then added “Her daughter is on LLT and she is close by!” So, he encouraged me to join so that we could communicate. So, here I am! Like many that have commented, I too met your Mom at the Henley Airdrome in the early 80’s. Although I admired her from a far, she was an inspiration to me.

    You are a pilot in your own right now. Thanks for continuing to inspire others!

    I hope we meet soon,

    • Linda Melhoff
      October 16, 2012, 6:18 pm   /  Reply

      Hello Olson,
      I was excited to see your post and your beautiful airplanes. I’m sorry I never had the pleasure of landing on the strip at Cavanaugh Bay but I heard about it from my mom and others.
      I sent a copy of your post to my sister knowing she has been there and would enjoy hearing about you. She lives in Hayden now.
      Next summer we hope to have our J-3 Cub restoration finished and plan to fly her over your way. I’d love to meet you.
      Linda Buroker-Melhoff

  243. October 15, 2012, 8:06 pm   /  Reply

    I love Cavanaugh Bay. Washington Antique Airplane peoples went there twice on their biennial airplane tour.
    Huckleberry dacquirys.

    • Olson
      October 16, 2012, 3:24 pm   /  Reply

      Let me know when we’re on the tour again and stop in. We’ll have a huckleberry daiquiri together!

  244. October 15, 2012, 7:15 pm   /  Reply

    Just discovered your site. It’s terrific. Love to come visit. Proud owner of a Piper PA-12.

    • Olson
      October 16, 2012, 3:34 pm   /  Reply

      Enjoy the flying the Piper while you can, the weather’s changing, snow in the mountains!

  245. Dan
    October 14, 2012, 9:04 pm   /  Reply

    You mention taking a break from essay writing to chronicle some of your flying experiences. Colleges look for candidates that can make things happen, who can solve problems and who believe in themselves. Isn’t that what flying does for each of us? Give those colleges more than just a transcript and another “typical” essay. Let them know about you and your mentors, your dad and that little yellow cub. Inspire those admission counselors with the story of how a young lady learned about responsibility and wise decision making while looking at a beckoning airplane and a wind sock pointed directly across a runway.
    You are one of the lucky few. Learning to fly as a kid damn near makes you unique. Those lessons you have learned go way beyond controlling an aircraft. Mature high school seniors are becoming a rare commodity and colleges seek them out. You have might not know it yet, but you have matured beyond most through your flying.
    Write about flying in your college essays. Good luck.

    • lane
      October 15, 2012, 6:50 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you so much for the thought full comment! I have been looking at writing about flying for my college essays – now I’m just finding the right words to describe everything that flying has given to me.

  246. Adina Szewczyk
    October 14, 2012, 8:59 pm   /  Reply

    Hey there fly girl! I loved your stories! I too learned to fly from my Dad, and have so many fond memories of flying with him. I am so impressed with your courage and perseverance after that ground loop. I’ve had a couple of close calls myself and know it takes strength to pick up and keep going, never letting fear get the best of you. You’re a strong girl, you’re gonna go far in whatever you decide to do in life. Blue sky’s and tailwinds girlie!! So proud of you!!

  247. Natalie McHaffie
    October 14, 2012, 8:14 pm   /  Reply

    hi Lane,
    I’ve flown a Pitts special for 25 years and last October I ground looped it. Or at least I almost did and ran it off the runway to stay upright on a badly handled landing in a gusty right crosswind that had picked up while I was away from the airport for the day. Sound familiar? I too have taken a long time to regain my confidence and only recently have truly started to simply enjoy flying instead of it being something that I “must do” for myself. So thank you from the other end of the experience spectrum for showing me that I’m not alone in taking a while to regain the smile on my face when I fly.

  248. Carri Hoagland
    October 14, 2012, 6:38 pm   /  Reply

    Good for you Lane. You have now joined the wonderful club of women pilots. Not only that but a Lady Taildragger Pilot. Keep flying and tailwinds to you.

  249. John Murphy
    October 14, 2012, 4:26 pm   /  Reply

    What a wonderful description of the joy of learning to
    fly and the joy of just flying for its own sake.
    Wishing you many good years of taildragger flying.
    John Murphy
    Lewisburg, TN
    7AC Champ

  250. lane
    October 14, 2012, 4:23 pm   /  Reply

    This looks amazing – I can’t imagine anything more fun, to be honest. Love the cubs. Gorgeous photos!

  251. Olivia
    October 14, 2012, 2:00 pm   /  Reply

    Awesome story and photos Lane! Congratulations on getting your licence! There’s nothing greater than just flying somewhere for the fun of it 🙂

  252. October 12, 2012, 5:45 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Anne

    Great to hear from you and thank you for your kind thoughts.
    You really need to come and have a Supercub holiday in NZ : ), we could have a lot of fun.
    We would love to get back over for Oshkosh next year and it would be great to be able to meet some of the LLT gals. It makes me a bit wishful seeing all the cool fly-ins you all go to.
    Take care and happy flying

  253. Anne Wright
    October 11, 2012, 3:53 pm   /  Reply

    Awesome, Neroli! Beautiful scenery, and a terrific landing (and landing spot) – looks like fun!


    • October 11, 2012, 4:28 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Anne
      Thanks for your kind thoughts and it is lovely to hear from you. You really should come for a Supercub holiday in NZ and we could have some fun!
      We are hoping to come for Oshkosh next year. We would love to catch up with all the friends and of course meet the LLT ladies.
      I get kind of wishful when I read all the great stories on LLT and look at the photos of all the lovely aircraft.
      Take care and happy flying

  254. Tom Murray
    October 10, 2012, 3:21 pm   /  Reply


    stumbled across this on the net, glad you are enjoying the Starduster it is a great plane, Send me a pm , I have a bunch of pictures from when I was building it , maybe I can find some video as well. I would be happy to send them to you. Tom Murray

  255. October 6, 2012, 3:59 pm   /  Reply

    Still in the Tahoe area? You should come fly with us!

    Have a look at our flying here:


  256. October 4, 2012, 8:02 am   /  Reply

    Awesome video – great job! Looks like a blast!

  257. Jill
    October 2, 2012, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

    This has become a must-do for me. Now just hoping that the weather cooperates. I *might* be instrument current by then, which would be a blessing.

  258. Faith D
    September 30, 2012, 10:07 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks so much, Linda! We are really excited; the article in the newspaper emphasized that we were a women-owned business, and we had several women turn out to see if, finally, they might find a welcoming place to pursue their “unusual” interests! I have never really thought of myself as a role model, but I am thrilled to report that we signed up a young lady who has always wanted to fly, and we also introduced three young girls to the AOPA Avi8rs program. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  259. Faith
    September 30, 2012, 2:08 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks so much Linda! We had three ladies at the opening yesterday that came specifically because they saw that it was a flight school run by women and immediately felt that they would be welcomed. One of them starts her training in two weeks!!

  260. Linda Melhoff
    September 29, 2012, 4:07 pm   /  Reply

    You are both an inspiration to young and “not so young” alike. I’m SO impressed. Keep it up!

  261. Linda Buroker-Melhoff
    September 28, 2012, 1:56 pm   /  Reply

    I love the pictures and am very disappointed I couldn’t be there with you to see Summer again and meet new LLT friends. We flew our WACO, Bella, to an event at the WAAAM museum at Hood River, OR. It was Bella’s first event and she was awarded “Best Biplane”. it was a great experience but the LLT pilots are most special in my heart.
    Sure hope my J-3 Cub will be ready to see you on the west coast next year. I’d love to show up with Vanessa as a “party of 2”.

  262. Emilie
    September 28, 2012, 9:19 am   /  Reply

    What do you do for hearing protection for the little kids? I have a rather loud home-built that I can’t tolerate without a headset.

  263. Gail
    September 27, 2012, 9:27 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Kerry,

    I’ll be looking forward to meeting you next March. My husband and I will be joining the Air Safari–in a 172 rented from the Nelson Aero club. At home we own and fly a Bücker, and anything else interesting we can get our hands on. Check youtube, search on 628BJ.


    • Kerry Conner
      October 1, 2012, 11:25 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Gail
      It would be great to catch up in March, I look forward to seeing you. Please come and find me, the safari starts right here on my home aerodrome, so I’m guessing you will be in town for a few days, so would be great to say hi.
      Regards Kerry

      • Gail
        October 7, 2012, 1:04 pm   /  Reply


        We will certainly be looking for you. We plan on getting to Masterton on Sunday. We’ll probably be a bit dazzled by all the stuff to do for the Safari but I’m sure we’ll find you at some point. We are really looking forward to this trip and having a fun time flying all around NZ.


  264. September 27, 2012, 7:48 pm   /  Reply


    As a pilot for Netjets and a frequent flyer at Spruce Creek, Erica and I crossed paths frequently and we became friends. She was a bright shinning star in the pilot community and I miss her.

    Sending you a BIG HUG.

    She would have loved giving rides. If I can help next year, I would be honored. Just let me know when.

  265. Chuck Avon
    September 26, 2012, 3:27 pm   /  Reply

    Carri that is as cool as it can get and as a tcraft owner it is even better go for it girl chuck and shannon

  266. September 26, 2012, 2:09 pm   /  Reply

    dang – that was cool of you. Was there a pull off for cars, or did they just park along the highway??

  267. Steve Dunn
    September 26, 2012, 1:57 pm   /  Reply

    Sounds pretty coooooll to me!

  268. September 25, 2012, 11:38 pm   /  Reply

    Wahoo Jessie! Welcome to LLTs! It sounds like the aviation family is taking good care of you guys. It was great working with you both and I hope you have tons of fun flying around the Texas sky. You will be exposed to some VERY different weather, but I’m sure the locals will guide you and you will adapt quickly. Proud of you both. Right rudder!


    • October 11, 2012, 4:45 pm   /  Reply

      Summer! Thank you for everything! Great idea on the pic btw. Airplane made it safely to Texas and we’ve been tryin to soak all the info we can from the locals. Stuff moves in, out, up and down very fast out here. If you’re ever in the area let us know. Weather pending we’ll be taking the 140 to a small airport in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend. Take care – Jess

  269. September 25, 2012, 11:05 pm   /  Reply

    Weather & work allowing, I’m flying from San Diego to Savannah. Looking forward to southern way of flying! Martha

  270. Deni Whitsitti
    September 25, 2012, 9:20 am   /  Reply

    This is sooo inspiring!! I long to get back in the sky and want very much to hang with you wonderful lady fliers!!! To share this passion and lovefor flying ….whoa!! I think I need to move somewhere where I can…..hmmmm

    Tailwinds to you all!!!


  271. Lisa Martin
    September 25, 2012, 8:53 am   /  Reply

    Oh my gosh! I would love…but after the way this year’s kicked all my plans in the butt…I’m just going to wait and see where I end up. I may actually be in Georgia at that time. Which would be closer.

  272. Charlotte
    September 24, 2012, 11:57 am   /  Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit and fly in NZ, even better to do so in taildraggers!

    • Kerry Conner
      October 1, 2012, 11:26 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Charlotte
      Yes, definately are the aircraft to fly – thats for sure. Please come and look me up if you come to visit.
      Regards Kerry

  273. Darryl
    September 23, 2012, 10:22 pm   /  Reply

    So cool to see your pic and here your sending the old girl to join you guys down south

    Miss you guys a lot

    I would volunteer for that flight I just do not have a week till Dec and I bet you would like her down prior to that

    One of your Proud CFI’s

    • September 24, 2012, 11:47 am   /  Reply

      Darryl! We miss you! Couldn’t have done it without you.

      77N is currently somewhere over Nevada (last update from Elko area) and planned to go through AZ. Expecting them around Wednesday timeframe – weather pending of course. Will text you pic once she gets here. 🙂

      Hope things are going well for you guys. Let us know if you are ever in the area or need an excuse for a x country.

  274. Jerry Griggs
    September 22, 2012, 10:04 pm   /  Reply

    Best wishes for a happy & successful future!

    September 22, 2012, 8:32 pm   /  Reply


    • September 24, 2012, 11:37 am   /  Reply

      Thanks Mike! And we found a hangar at Bulverde Airpark finally and are pretty excited about the community. take care!

  276. September 22, 2012, 4:42 pm   /  Reply

    Excellent !!

  277. September 22, 2012, 2:25 pm   /  Reply

    Could you re connect be with Toy?

    Tony Buttacavoli
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    Adam,I am glad to hear that Enterprise AIr is still operating their DC-3’s and their Twin Beech.All my memories of Oshawa are fond ones,I think the last time I flew in there was the summer of ’97.When we sold the 3’s that fall that was the end of CYOO for us,the Convairs needed at least 5000 ft so we started flying into Peterborough instead.(Another nice ‘drome).Glad you remember us Yanks fondly,Oshawa was one of my favorite stations.Take care friend.tonyb
    Adam Wagstaffe wrote: Well, Eldon Station is about 20 miles east of Beaverton, 10 miles north of Woodville and 50 miles north of Oshawa ( where my Aeronca is “working towards “Tuesday”” ) I have a 1600′ grass strip and a 64×40 “barn” with two 18’ sliding doors for my bad tractor driving!. Oshawa, Tony, is now without the old Flying Club, but still has Enterprise Air, with the two DC3;s and a Beach18 as well as two flying schools and ” Corporate Aircraft Restorations” who are doing a lot of the fine work for me.( they just finished a beautiful “Cub” that was at Lockhaven and the big “O”).I remember the American DC3’s arriving in the mid to late 90’s with parts for GM Canada…always a treat to see them land and the pilots ( maybe yourself) so friendly and worldly. The airport has a 7AC(L16convert) AN2, PA11,120,140,180+tin bins and the Harvards and Moth visit oftenAdam—– Original Message —– From: Spence, Mike To: ‘’ Sent: Monday, July 29, 2002 9:27 AMSubject: RE: [f-AA] New Recruit
    Hey Adam: What do you mean by (Oshawa and Eldon station)? Where is Eldon Station? Mike—–Original Message—–
    From: Tony Buttacavoli []
    Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2002 10:18 AM

  278. September 22, 2012, 11:19 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations to you, Judy and to your beautiful daughter, Jessie! A very special day for a very special couple. What an exciting family time!

  279. September 21, 2012, 1:24 pm   /  Reply

    I heard about this. What an incredible pilot.

  280. Miles Lawler
    September 21, 2012, 12:02 pm   /  Reply

    Hey Tammy,

    I flew with you at Scenic. I saw that you are with Atlas. I’ll keep an eye out for you at the DHL hub in CVG when I get back to ABX. Let me know if you get a layover at CVG and want to catch up.

  281. Sandy Maurer
    September 21, 2012, 1:24 am   /  Reply

    Jessie made the AOPA Aviation ebrief Sep 20 under pilot spotlight.
    Thx to Jill Talman at AOPA for bringing awareness of the LLT to the readers and to Judy for her passion with developing and bringing together this special group of women fliers (mostly TD) thru this web site. No…Im not a TD pilot…but at 18 I had my first flight in a Cub. Does that count?

    Congrats to Jessie!

    • September 21, 2012, 1:18 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Sandy! And thank you! Something about your first flight / logged hours. My first logged hour was in a Super Dicathlon, and I’ll never forget it! – Jessie

  282. Pete Kuhns
    September 20, 2012, 8:38 pm   /  Reply

    Every time I visit this site I see something so cool it makes me want my taildragger rating more than ever. Time to get off my butt!

  283. Ricardo Aguilar
    September 20, 2012, 7:54 pm   /  Reply

    Jessie: If you haven’t heard about it check out Heritage Airpark south of Randolph Air Force Base near LaVernia. It is a wonderful 3,000 foot long grass airpark. We have a 2 acre lot for sell there right on the runway if you’re interested. You can also ask about hangar lots there if you prefer not to live there. Feel free to call us or text us anytime if we can be of any assisstance.

    Ricardo and Cathy Aguilar
    (717) 841-5131

    • September 21, 2012, 1:12 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Ricardo & Cathy,
      Thanks so much for the note and suggestion. Yesterday we were able to secure a spot at Bulverde Airpark, which is the easiest commute. Heritage sounds awesome though – we’ll have to go visit!

  284. September 20, 2012, 6:17 pm   /  Reply

    I have my 172 at Stinson Field (KSSF) and I love it there. It’s towered, which may be a turn off if you don’t like controlled fields, but I love it. The controllers are great people and it has a great history. It’s the 2nd oldest continuously operated GA field in the U.S. It was also home to Katherine Stinson, who was the 4th woman to earn her pilot certificate in the U.S.

    • September 21, 2012, 1:09 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Robert,
      Thanks so much for the note and suggestion. Yesterday we were able to secure a spot at Bulverde Airpark, which is the easiest commute. We looked at KSSF, and will definitely come visit! Sounds like a great spot!

  285. Tony
    September 20, 2012, 4:08 pm   /  Reply

    New Braunfels (KBAZ) is best with great approaches, fuel, maintenance,, etc and very reasonable as far as covered parking. New Braunfels Aero Svcs are very nice friendly folks.

    • September 21, 2012, 1:04 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Tony,
      We loved New Braunfels, we were actually going to try and get a hanger there. But yesterday we secured a spot at Bulverde Airpark which is more convenient. We’ll definitely come visit though! Thanks for your note!

  286. Ed
    September 20, 2012, 3:18 pm   /  Reply

    Be sure to fly up to Llano,Tx (AQO). Lots of taildraggers here. Stop in to see my C180. A ’59 model with almost the same paint scheme as your 140.
    Ed Morgan

    • Jessie Fisher
      September 21, 2012, 1:01 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Ed! Thanks so much for the note! We’ll have to make it up to AQO and check out your 180. I’ll send you a note when we head up that direction.
      Take care,

  287. Mike
    September 20, 2012, 3:08 pm   /  Reply

    Boerne Stage is a nice airport on the northwest side of San Antonio. Also take a look at Cannon Field,, on the south side. Mostly taildraggers there and it’s a friendly grass strip. I’d be happy to meet you there are introduce you.

    • Jessie Fisher
      September 21, 2012, 12:57 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Mike! Thanks so much for the note and suggestions. Yesterday we were able to lock down an opening we found at Bulverde Airpark. We’ll be checking out all the surrounding airports and will come visit!

  288. Ron O'Dea
    September 20, 2012, 3:04 pm   /  Reply


    Wecome to San Antoio. San Geronimo Airpark (8T8) is another friemdly airport just west of San Antonio. We are a privatelty owned/public use airport and home of EAA Chapter 35. Though we don’t currrently have any hangars availble that does change from time to time. In any case if you’d like to get aquainted with some frienldy aviation folks come to our EAA meeting Oct 13 at 5:30. We have a little dinner and a program. Hope you can make it.

    Ron O’Dea

    • Jessie Fisher
      September 21, 2012, 12:55 pm   /  Reply

      Hi Ron! thanks so much for the note and the invite! We’ll see if we can make it out for the EEA meeting.
      Have a great weekend!