Arlene Farrell     (New Jersey)

Arlene Farrell (New Jersey)

Arlene Farrell is based at C01 Southern Cross Airport, Williamstown, New Jersey. I got my pilots license 11 years ago.  My Dad had an Aeronca Champ when I was around 11 years old.  Soon after he decided to tear it apart and recover it.  Well, it sat in our garage ever since.  In 1993, a friend of mine said he would recover it.  He lived in Fla. so we trailered there.  Two years later he passed away, so we went and brought it back to N.J. Another year passed until we found someone else to recover it.  It was finished in late 2000.  N84292, 1946 7AC Champ Then came trying to find someone to teach me how to fly it.  Early 2001 I started my training.  Then we were grounded by 9/11.  Finally in Aug. 2006 I got my license.  It was well worth the wait.  I had a lot of my training in a 172.  There is nothing like a taildragger for the fun of pure flying.  Everytime I go up I can’t help but smile. Arlene Farrell N84292...

Judy Birchler     (Indiana)

Judy Birchler (Indiana)

Thank you for visiting LadiesLoveTaildraggers. My name is Judy Birchler, founder and president of the LadiesLoveTaildraggers organization and web-host of www.LadiesLoveTaildraggers.com. LadiesLoveTaildraggers is a loosely bound group of dynamic women pilots drawn together by one shared love – flying conventional gear aircraft, a.k.a. taildraggers! LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ first post was in May 2009 and I was the first-and-only member. We have grown steadily since that day and now have over 2,000 members based around the world. The majority of our members are based in the U.S. but many European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Africa, Czech Republic, Argentina and more are represented. On a personal note, my love of flying began when I was 15 and shows no sign of slowing down. When I was 19 I made a few static line parachute jumps, but a seriously hard landing and a broken leg convinced me skydiving wasn’t my best option for achieving flight. At 20, I earned my private ticket in a taildragger, a 1946 Aeronca Chief, at a small grass strip in southern Indiana. I had nose-wheel time in a Cessna 150 and a Grumman AA1 but it was taildraggers that I loved and what I was meant to fly. I was in awe of taildraggers! Soon after, I bought a 1/3 partnership in a two-place tandem, 65 hp Lycoming, 1940 Porterfield. It was my first taildragger!! I absolutely loved flying that little red bird but after a year sold my share because my partners thought I was putting too much time on her. Of course there’s always a silver lining and, in my case, it came in the form of a 1946 Cessna 140, owned entirely by me! I was in heaven.  I spent many hours flying long and short cross-countries, doing lots of touch & go’s and chasing birds low over the Ohio River. And then something unexpected happened. My flying came to an abrupt halt when I was suddenly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At that time, Type 1 diabetics could not obtain a medical to fly. There were no exceptions and the reality was, I would never fly again as PIC. I was devastated.  It took nearly 25 years but my life changed again when the FAA establish a waiver procedure for some Type 1 diabetics to obtain a third class medical. I met the strict criteria for a waiver!  I was terrified. You would think that when I heard the news I could fly again, I would be overjoyed. I was not. I was scared. It had been nearly 25 years since I’d flown solo and the thought of being alone and aloft seemed impossible. For me, fear was a difficult obstacle and it took some encouragement and gumption on my part to get over it. Looking back now, 8 years later, it seems impossible, even ridiculous, that I hesitated jumping back into the cockpit. The honest truth is, it took time to get comfortable flying solo. It was a process that ran the gamut from extreme nervousness to ultimate joy, with joy eventually overriding everything else.   It was that joy and delight at being back in the cockpit that led me to start LadiesLoveTaildraggers. I was thrilled to be flying again and anxious to find a few other like minded ladies who shared my passion for flying taildraggers. In the 8 years since starting LadiesLoveTaildraggers, I’ve owned a 1958 7EC/FC Aeronca Champ, a 2003 Rans S7, and currently a 1974 Bellanca Decathlon 8KCAB. I continue to fly and continue to be inspired by the incredible women of LadiesLoveTaildraggers, all of whom I consider friends. Today the FAA still has special protocols for people with Type 1 diabetes, but for those in good health, it’s much easier. We now have BasicMed, a simplified program to assure pilots’ medical fitness for flying, including those with diabetes. I was one of the first 1,000 people to be approved for BasicMed, which is the medical certification I fly under.  ...

Willa Young     (California)

Willa Young (California)

Willa Young is based at KMYV Yuba County Airport, Marysville, California.  I have been a 99 since 1994. Flown my 1953 Bonanza for 22 years and still do. As of May 2016 we became proud owners of a completely re-built 1946 Champ named “Snoopy”. I have 20 hours in her and have completely fallen in love with this little tail dragger....

Lisa Williams     (Florida)

Lisa Williams (Florida)

Lisa Williams is based at KSGJ, Northeast Florida Regional Airport, St Augustine, Florida.  I am in the process of rebuilding a 1958 7EC Champ. I do not have my pilot certificate but plan on getting it in my husband’s Piper Pacer. We also have a 1929 KR 34 (Fairchild) biplane that we plan to rebuild after the Champ is completed. Very nice meeting you at Triple Tree. See you at the next event. Lisa Williams...

Erika DeLong     (Minnesota)

Erika DeLong (Minnesota)

Erika DeLong is based at 25D, Forest Lake Airport, Forest Lake, Minnesota.  I have been flying taildraggers for approximately 20 years. I bought and restored my Aeronca 7AC Champ and have been flying it since 2001. It’s my favorite aircraft of the three that I own. I work so I can fly airplanes, so I fly airplanes for work. I hold an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, SES and typed in CL65, SF340.    ...

Rachel Conklin     (New York)

Rachel Conklin (New York)

Rachel Conklin is based at 06N Randall Airport, Middletown, New York. Pilot Update/August 2016 “Congratulations Rachel on your “sweet” purchase!” I recently became partial owner to a wonderful little Aeronca Champ. She’s a sweet little yellow thing and I can’t wait to get more time in her! I’m now a (very) proud owner to a taildragger. A literal dream come true. Hope all is well in your part of the sky! June 2011 Hello!! I am 19 years old. I started flying gliders in 2006 by joining the gliding club based in Middletown and soloed 2 months later in the Club owned Schweizer 2-33. In September 2008, both my Dad and I obtained our private glider licenses. My dad, a hangglider pilot, encouraged me to pursue aviation as far as I could go. So after winning a generous scholarship from the EAA Chapter 1280, I began training in an adorable Cessna 150. In December of 2009, after bad weather had passed, I added the SEL rating. I even had a lady examiner! Since I ‘grew up’ flying gliders, I was around two taildraggers that towed us up every weekend of soaring. One of the airplanes was the SuperCub, and the other a Piper Pawnee. Once I was training in the C-150, I heard many power pilots talk about how difficult conventional gear airplanes could be. How flying those airplanes was ‘very challenging’. That was enough for me, I had to try it. I was up for the challenge. I began flying with one of the tow-pilots as he towed gliders. These scary conventional gear airplanes used just about as much rudder as a glider did! Getting used to the heel braking was interesting but once I had flown the SuperCub, I was hooked. I was endorsed for taildraggers just last year in December. Now I am a happy tow-pilot who gets to fly a Super Cub! As a new tow-pilot, I’ve only reached 26 tows so far but I plan on flying many, many more. Plus,  you just can’t beat getting all of that practice in take-offs and landings! Being a huge fan of WWII and pre-WWII airplanes, I’ve always loved taildraggers. Due to flying gliders, I know what those footrests are really for! I’d like to add a little bit about my sister. I’m not the only lady who loves taildraggers in my family. My sister saw the website and immediately remarked, “I love them too!” She is 16 years old and a student glider pilot. Although she isn’t a taildragger lady yet, she loves them just as much as I do. She will probably get her tailwheel endorsement as soon as she is able. For now, she is a HUGE fan. This is a picture of her getting to ride in the same SuperCub I fly with the owner Hank Nixon....

Recruiting Lady Taildragger Pilots!!

Recruiting Lady Taildragger Pilots!!

Breathtaking, exciting and adventurous all describe it. This fast moving & oh-so-fun video from Kim Huntington is one I guarantee will get you as excited about flying the backcountry as it did me! Yes, you can have this much fun in a Champ! Kim is flying her 1946 Aeronca L16B replica “Jimmy” with a video camera mounted inside — and getting some spectacular footage. Thank you Kim! “I heard a piece of music on TV and decided it would be perfect for recruiting women tailwheel pilots. All videos were shot by me from my Champ. The camera is a Contour Roam 2 using a suction cup mount in the upper left area of the windshield. Most of the landings are on The central coast of California, in the Santa Maria Valley area. The blind landing into the sun is Lake Hogan up in the Gold Country region of the state. Some of the private airport landings are also in the Gold Country. My husband and I have been “off roading” for about 4 years, and even tho it wasn’t an off-road trip, we flew the Champ and my husband’s Sport Cub to Kalispell, MT in June. 2400+ sm in a Champ! Me- I’m an ATP ASMEL, Commercial ASMES/glider, CFII-MEI and an A& P. I would hope that the video would inspire more women to fly and fly tailwheels and love that LLT continues to grow.”     Kim Kim and Scott Huntington 2007 CubCrafters CC11-100 “Sierra” 1962 Cessna 150TD “NotSo” FOR SALE 1946 Aeronca L16B Replica “Jimmy”...

Sarah Corbin     (Alaska)

Sarah Corbin (Alaska)

Sarah Corbin is based at PAMR, Merrill Field, Anchorage, Alaska. I am a new private pilot. I’ve started learning to fly a taildragger and am excited to keep building skills and learning. I’m hoping to get my endorsement this summer. I just got my PPL in May and have a few hours in a Champ and a little time in a C140, C180, and a C185....

Katie Baker     (Idaho)

Katie Baker (Idaho)

Katie Baker is based at 0U9, Lee Williams Memorial Airport, Midvale, Idaho. Hello! My name is Katie, I’m 34 and live in central Idaho. I’ve been in aviation since I was a kid as my father and grandfather are both pilots, both commercially (ag pilots) and for fun. I currently own a 1957 Champ and I love it! My son is 8 years old and he loves flying with me as well.I’m a business teacher at our local high school and am working with a small group of people to create an aviation-themed STEM program at a couple of airports across our state. I look forward to upcoming events and getting to know you all. Katie Lee Williams Airport (0U9) Runway 8/26 Dimensions: 2875 x 60 ft. / 876 x 18 m Surface: asphalt, in fair condition Operational restrictions: 250 FT GRVL OVRN EACH END. RUNWAY 8 RUNWAY 26 Latitude: 44-27.689322N 44-27.662800N Longitude: 116-45.811032W 116-45.151227W Elevation: 2617.0 ft. 2594.0 ft. Traffic pattern: left left Markings: basic, in fair condition basic, in fair condition Obstructions: 4 ft. fence, 273 ft. from runway, 19:1 slope to clear 4 ft. fence, 60 ft. left of centerline Ownership: Publicly-owned Owner: CITY OF MIDVALE...

Karey Sanderson     (Iowa)

Karey Sanderson (Iowa)

Karey Sanderson is based at Knoxville Municipal Airport, Knoxville, Iowa. I am a new private pilot. I passed my check ride eight weeks and two days ago. I’m scared of heights and really new to general aviation. I have a purple headset and it isn’t unusual for my logbook to be filled out in some color of glitter pen. I fell in love with cloth covered antique airplanes at first sight. I labeled them “squishy” and decided I will NEED to fly one of them someday. I have almost two hours towards my tailwheel endorsement in a 1946 Champ and those two hours have been the most fun and entertaining time flying ever....

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