Lorna Barrie   (New York)

Lorna Barrie (New York)

Lorna Barrie is based at Clarence Aerodrome Airport, Buffalo, New York. (Here’s an update from Lorna, just sent through her instructor and flying partner, Dennis Borkowski.  Lots of pictures and more…..) * Lorna’s Champ above and Citabria below.  (Very cool, Lorna!) Sent in by Dennis Borkowski;  Hi, Lorna asked me to reply for her because she is so busy at work [managing a kennel]. I am her instructor and flying partner. Lorna flew with me [she did most of the flying!] on a ferry flight from DKK near Buffalo to Creve Coeur in Waco QCF-2 NC11247 and back in Waco UPF-7  N173E. Planes belong to Lou and John Nalbone of DKK.  The Nalbone’s UPF-7 was sent to Rare Aircraft for total rebuild and many mods.  Lou told me they will do a photo shot for AOPA then send plane here.  John Cournoyer redid paint on QCF and sold UPF to them. Check out Waco N173E photos at primeoresto.blogspot.com . We also did some fun flights in both. Since, I checked Lorna out in Fleet N8600 and started on Stearman N65688 that belongs to my student, Scot Shefler. Lorna also flew me to Vermont in her 7ECA, N7502F to pick up RNF  NC144Y for Cournoyer. We flew formation back to Buffalo. She also was my safety pilot when I was out of a medical for a while. Have 2nd class med back now. We have been aware of you, Susan. I met your husband at Waco Field fly-in in 2008. I was flying a Champ to NY for Dick Ash [Waco N29303] from Creve Coeur. Dick gave Lorna and I the honor of flying his Waco! Lorna and I have been working on her aerobatics in her Citabria lately. ——————————– Earlier from Lorna,  “I earned my ticket in March 2001. Coming up on 900 hours tt, 825 of which is tailwheel.  Solo’d in BC12D.   Currently flying an Aeronca Champ (7DC 85hp) N3415E that I own half interest in, and my little jewel of a Citabria (7ECA 115hp) 7502F.” “I have had the absolutely incredible good fortune to fly a wide variety of taildraggers; from a 1929 Fleet Model 1 to Stearmans, Wacos, Fairchild trainers, up thru to C180.   Am working on my  Commercial and Multi Engine Inst. ratings — Without a doubt, I am one of the luckiest gals around; flying off of a grass strip in about 29 different models of aircraft.  It’s what I love to do best!”...

Kim Blair Stewart  (Ohio)

Kim Blair Stewart (Ohio)

More great pictures from Kim Stewart of 40I Waynesville, Ohio.  (I sure didn’t get them entered in chronological order but you’ll love them just the same.) Taking daughter, Audrey, for flight  in Champ. Kim Blair Stewart Looks like the perfect wedding day to me! * And Kim wing walking in (or is that “on”) a 220 PT17 Stearman. *...

Nic Orchard    (UK)

Nic Orchard (UK)

Nic Orchard is based at Maypole (EGHB), United Kingdom and “temporarily” flew this Jodel until her Aeronca Champ was rebuilt. Please meet Nic Orchard, our second  trans Atlantic lady taildragger!  Nic’s base airfield is Maypole (EGHB) and tells us she lives in Deal which is a small, old town on the coast north of Dover.  I work on the English Channel on a ferry – not many offices have the white cliffs of Dover as a view.   Nic can be reached at nicbearcraft@aol.com. The above picture is “Temporary Champ” (that’s her name) – a great machine.  Over here and in France of course, there are many flying and they are the great unsung heroes for cheap touring and farm strip flying.  Had I not found the Champ, I’m sure the Jodel would fill that place. People ask on the forums ‘What can I afford on a minuscule budget, keep on a short farmstrip and can go touring in – oh and carry a bag or two?’  The Jodel is one of few that ticks all those boxes, even though I am a Champist through and through.  All wood and notable for that super-efficient cranked wing.  A 1950s classic, so she’s a youngster…. My beloved Aeronca Champ 7BC is under rebuild.  I’m currently owner of Temporary champ, which is really a Jodel D120. Nic’s favorite bird, her Champ! Here’s one of my favourite pictures used on several avatars.  It’s two of my houseful (yes, they all fly and have journals and logbook to prove it – we’re not all locked up yet) enjoying a return to their fatherland when we flew to Tannkosh.  Now that was an adventure. All my US flying friends & contacts are in Florida, the most noteworthy being Pat Hange and Harriet Harman (the latter now deceased), whose names are well-known in some circles.  See Nic’s rebuilt Aeronca Champ ...

Bebe Teichman  (Florida)

Bebe Teichman (Florida)

I love your website. I also have a Champ that I have owned since 1986. I keep it in Venice, Florida and fly almost every day. I bet the the field that you flew out of in Evansville was Skylane. I have been there twice on the way to OSH. More pics & bio pending....

Dianne Wieman  (Texas)

Dianne Wieman (Texas)

Dianne Wieman’s Aeronca Champ 7AC——-it took her 5 years to put it back together from a pile of pieces! I have a CFII, ASEL with a CFIG (glider).  I am the squadron Commander for ALAMO composite Civil Air Patrol (the composite indicates cadets and seniors!) and have gained another aircraft project to work on!  Just recently I became a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas!  I have built a hanger at Zuehl airport and house the Champ and a Cessna 150.  Inside the hanger I have also built a workroom 15 feet by 33 feet to allow me to work on aircraft in air conditioned comfort in South Texas! TDA is the name of my Champ.  The name came from my husband who would ask if I was going to go work on THAT D_____ AIRPLANE again tomorrow!  It took 5 years to put it together and at this time the annual is going to be competed for the 9th time since its restoration.  I have flown the Champ to the National Aeronca Association flyin at Middletown, Ohio several times. (about 1079 KM one way).  By the way, the trip takes about 13.5 flying hours and if you are REAL lucky and have a couple of friends helping with the “PIT” stops, the trip on the way back to San Antonio can be accomplished in one day!  (we know this because one of the GUYS wife wanted him home and we decided to attempt the one day trip!  The gentleman is still married and flying! I myself, am an antique———- but that does not slow my love for flying, teaching and introducing young people to any type of flying. Dianne says she is married to a wonderful guy who puts up with her aviation habits (he has an instrument rating, though does not fly anymore).  Her married name is actually Dianne Wieman-Deyeso – but due to a late life marriage, no children and a huge hassle to change all of her documents, everyone knows her as Dianne Wieman....

Jessica Beauvais     (New Hampshire)

Jessica Beauvais (New Hampshire)

Jessica Beauvais flies Champ N2505E based at Skyhaven (DAW) in Rochester, NH. I am the treasurer of a local aviation club, the Yankee Ultralight Flyers (don’t let the name fool you, we are associated with all kinds of aircraft. The name is just for nostalgia at this point).  I started flying at the age of 14, soloed at 15 and got my license at 17, just two years after my father got his license, both Sport Pilot licenses. When I became interested in aviation my dad sold his ultralight and bought the Champ with a fellow club member, the secretary of the club actually. The tail number is N2505E. We are based out of Skyhaven DAW in Rochester, NH. I love to take friends flying, in fact, that is almost the only flying I do. Either that or flying to local fly-ins with my father. Flying was something that set me apart all through high school, and now in college it’s given me a jump start. I just finished my first year at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH -close enough to home that I can visit since I lived on campus, but far enough away for me to get a taste of living away from home.  My intended major is Air Traffic Management, though many friends thought I’d be going for Flight Ops… my answer to that is simply “I fly for fun”. Here’s a picture of me (in my new leather jacket 🙂  with my father in front of our Champ on the day I got my license. Another is an airplane flying over the top of our fly-in looking down at the field. There’s one of my father and I flying on our way to another airport (just a nice picture of our Champ in flight).   Another of the Champ in flight side slipping into Sanderson’s Field (where our fly-in is located). The last is just looking down at the field from the top of the runway. You’ll notice best in this picture that the top of the runway is on a hill, which is the reason for the side-slip in the previous picture. It’s not easy landing there without the slip because of the hill, and then trees and power lines behind it. It is an intimidating runway, but fun as well. Beats out any roller coaster I’ve been on :). If you’re a lady taildragger in Jessica’s area she says she would love to hear from you!  email: younginflyer@yahoo.com...

Melissa Adams     (Iowa)

Melissa Adams (Iowa)

Melissa Adams, twin sister to Champ owner Melinda Adams, flies out of Lamoni, Iowa (LWD) and is also a tailwheel pilot....

Melinda Hopper     (Missouri)

Melinda Hopper (Missouri)

Melinda  flies her 1946 C-65 Champ out of a grass strip in St. Joseph, MO and is pictured with her twin sister, Melissa Adams, also a tailwheel pilot. * My name is Melinda Hopper and I live at St. Joseph, Mo. I fly out of a lovely grass strip a few miles south of town, owned by a private individual. There are 14 hangars there, with mostly ultralights, and one or two homebuilts.I first fell in love with flying when I got on an airliner in October 1989 at the age of 37. A year later, a friend took me up in his Aeronca Champ, and then I WAS hooked!! I started saving my money, and a year after THAT, began flying lessons. (In the meantime, the friend was teaching me to fly the Champ, but he wasn’t an instructor, so I couldn’t log it.) I got my license in October 1992 at the age of 40, after training in a Cessna 172. I rented planes for several years, while saving up and looking for a Champ. I finally found one in 1998, bought it, and have had it for 10 years. It was rebuilt by the father of the friend who took me up for my first ride in his Champ. His Champ was also restored by his dad – his and mine were the last two of 16 planes his dad restored. My Champ is a 1946 model, manufactured in January that year. It’s a basic Champ with a 65-horsepower Continental and no electrical system. Yep, I have to use the old “Armstrong” starter! I have flown Cessna 172s and 150s, Piper Tomahawk, Cherokee, Warrior, Archer and Aztec – also a single-engine Piper retractable that I’ve forgotten the name of! I had some twin time and instrument training, but never got either rating. I did, however, get a limited commercial license in 2005. I have flown many places in my Champ (and rented planes before I got the Champ) – fly-ins and fly-in breakfasts in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri, trips to visit relatives and friends, and Oshkosh twice in the Champ and to Middletown, Ohio for the National Aeronca Convention....

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