Lisa Martin    (Wyoming)

Lisa Martin (Wyoming)

Lisa Martin is based at (KWRL), Worland Municipal Airport, Worland, Wyoming. I got my private license in 1989 while 7 1/2 months pregnant with my oldest child. The family priority slowed my flying some, although my husband and I owned and operated our own aviation business in Montana spraying and doing other surveys with airplanes and helicopters. In 2003, we moved to Wyoming and my husband went to work for Sky Aviation. As my boys grew up and I had some more time to fly, I added on an instrument rating in about 2006. We owned a C180 at that time (previously we owned a 7GCBC and an Aeronca Champ. When my boys both graduated and moved on, I poured myself into getting a commercial rating with a Piper Comanche. Soon as I got that rating we sold it to return to the fun and spot-on convenience of taildragger flying. Bought our 150 hp Super Cub in Oct of 2010 and are having so much fun just bee-boppin’ around! We’re are anxiously looking forward to some backcountry, fly-in camping trips this summer in surrounding states (Utah, Idaho and Montana). Schafer’s Meadow was our home away from home when we lived in Cut Bank, MT. You just can’t get in to many of those places with a Comanche!  ...

Wendy Frazer     (Idaho)

Wendy Frazer (Idaho)

Wendy Frazer is based at (KEUL) Caldwell Industrial Airport, Caldwell, Idaho. I have been flying since 2002. I own a 1952 Cessna 170B-completely restored by my father who passed away in 2000. Polished aluminum with orange-love it, but hate to polish it! Colorado Springs Got my instrument rating in 2004. Love to fly Idaho’s beautiful back country! * 8301A Lava Hot Spring N8301A Kelowna...

Amy Hoover    (Washington)

Amy Hoover (Washington)

Amy Hoover is based at (KELN) Bowers Field Airport, Ellensburg, Washington. My journey into taildragger flying started in the early 1980’s when my work as a geologist and white water river guide entailed flights into the remote river canyons in central Idaho, and I have been hooked ever since. I obtained my private license in 1988 in Salmon, Idaho and later that year bought a 1947 Cessna 120. I loved flying it all over the Idaho back country and it taught me many things about flying a little airplane in big mountains. For some reason I don’t now completely remember, in January 1991 I flew it to Florida (maybe it was due to the -20 temperatures in Idaho and the sunny skies in Florida). On the way back I stopped over for the winter in South Carolina and completed my instrument rating, commercial license and CFI. In 1992 I landed my first job as a backcountry Air Taxi pilot for SP Aircraft in Boise, Idaho and taught mountain flying seminars for the FAA out of Challis, Idaho. After flying rafters, hunters, supplies, and various other cargo for a few years I decided to combine my love of flying with that of teaching and in 1995 began work as a full-time CFI for BobKat Aviation in Boise. A year later my good friend Lyn Clark asked me and Lori MacNichol, another CFI from McCall, to join her in starting the “McCall Mountain/Canyon Flying Seminars” to promote safety in the Idaho back country. We built the seminar concept around instruction Lyn had been conducting for decades and ran our first classes in July, 1997. Sadly, Lyn was killed in an accident later that summer, but we decided there was a great need to keep the seminars going as more and more pilots were coming to Idaho to enjoy back country flying. For the next five years I developed the company’s training curriculum, wrote many articles on mountain and canyon flying for “Pilot Getaways” magazine, and authored the company’s training manual, “Mountain and Canyon Flying” which is still in use today. However, I still wished to reach out to a broader spectrum in aviation training so accepted the position as Director of Aviation at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon, where I taught for 5 years while I completed my Ph.D. in Education at Oregon State University. I left the 120 in good hands and in 1999 hooked up with my 1955 Cessna 180 (Charles) that I flew on many adventures around the NW and BC. Yet another opportunity came along and in 2003 I joined the faculty at Central Washington University where I am currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Aviation Department. I have published approximately 20 articles and manuals on Mountain and Canyon Flying and have given more than 75 presentations to various organizations and forums throughout the U.S. I have the privilege of having logged over 5000 flight hours, half of them as a CFI, and have given over 1000 hours of instruction in flight simulators. My current research interests are in single pilot concurrent task management and multi-crew cockpit operations. My real love is still flying the rugged terrain of central Idaho. After spending more than two decades studying the rocks and landforms, navigating the rivers, and flying the canyons, I have developed a great awe and deep respect for the Idaho wilderness. I love sharing the wonder of the area with other pilots and realize that a certain responsibility must accompany the privileges we enjoy when flying the backcountry. My focus for backcountry instruction includes not only safe and courteous operations but emphasis on the fragility of the area and how we, as pilots, have obligations in preserving the resource for future generations. I said goodbye to Charles and in 2009 bought the “Canyon Goddess” – a new American Champion Citabria Explorer, and am happily giving tailwheel instruction and mountain flying classes with her in Idaho and Washington. I have owned 4 taildraggers (Cessna 120, Cessna 140, Cessna 180 and Citabria 7GCBC – current one) and I have flown, as near as I can count, over 40 different taildragger aircraft. You can see more on my web site at Visit Facebook page “Canyon Flying”...

Joy Smith    (Alaska)

Joy Smith (Alaska)

Joy Smith is based at a private airstrip in Alaska and flies a Super Cub and a Cessna 180 Skywagon. Joy Smith just sent us pictures taken today of her first Supercub flight on skis – this year – from Alaska! (Joy, I found your email tonight right after I got home from watching another episode of ‘Flying Wild Alaska’ with some friends. Great timing!!!) “Finally got the skis on my Cub this week and made my first ski flight today. What fun, and it is great to have the Cub sitting on the lake in front of the house now.” “Looking forward to going across the Cook Inlet and finding some good places to land on the West Side.” Posted November 28, 2010 Joy Smith is based at a private airstrip in Alaska and flies a Super Cub and a Cessna 180 Skywagon. I have a Super Cub and have been flying since ’92. When I got my pilot’s license, my life was reshaped and flying became everything to me. I fly as much and as often as I can. My favorite is flying and camping, but also enjoy flyins, flying to meet up with friends for breakfast or lunch, or just touch and goes in the pattern. I just moved to Alaska this summer, and look forward to ski flying starting in a week or two. Thanks, and look forward to participating in Ladies Love Taildraggers. Joy...

Lynn Gardner     (Florida)

Lynn Gardner (Florida)

Lynn with the Highlander she built and later sold. January 2, 2011 update to pilot profile. I sold my pretty little Highlander so I could build a hangar and shop so I can make more pretty little Highlanders. Now have a Rans S7 to play in. 🙂 My new hangar is at 7FL7 near High Springs, Florida (grass 9/27). Maybe we should have a Snow Birds get together at my place this winter. ************ Sept. 2009. I have been flying most my life and luckily make my living doing so, but my real joy comes from flying light aircraft. In 2007 I completed my Just Aircraft, Highlander and have taken several great trips in it already. This summer I flew from my home in Florida to Idaho and back visiting the backcountry airstrips along Big Creek, as well as hitting the more traveled paths like Johnson Creek and Garden Valley. Lynn with Steve & Steve The photo with my two friends Steve C and Steve H is in Garden City; we camped for the night. GREAT SPOT! Steve H makes lots of exciting videos and posts to YouTube as taildrgfun. He is the Dead Stick Takeoff guy. The picture with the stone marker is a place called “Soldier Bar” on Big Creek in Idaho. It is listed as Hazardous, but I didn’t think so. In a light airplane as long as its not windy its easy. You can see the result of wildfires in the background. Idaho has suffered a lot of fire damage. Its not as green as it was the last time I visited in 86′....

Donna Svoboda     (Oregon)

Donna Svoboda (Oregon)

Donna  Svoboda is based at Cottage Grove State Airport (61S), Cottage Grove, Oregon and flies a Citabria. Hi all, I’ve been flying a taildragger for 16 years now and still get giddy everytime I fly. I had the wonderful opportunity to fly a 185 on pipeline patrol–actually got paid to fly!!  Let me warn you though–it can take the fun out of flying- a bit. I just turned over 4,100 hours in my log book and most of them have been in my Citabria 7ECA.  I LOVE it and have been all over the United States in it. Even took her up to Leadville, Colorado and out to Catalina Island.  Most of my flying has been in my home state Michigan, but I now live in the part of the country I like to fly the most–out West and in the mountains.  Idaho back country is a fav destination. Thank you for the opportunity to share our love of flight!! Donna Svoboda...

Christina Chapman  (Idaho)

Christina Chapman (Idaho)

Christina Chapman flies an American Champion Scout and is based at KMYL McCall, Idaho. I am a very lucky taildragger pilot. My backdoor is the largest forested wilderness in the lower 48. Central Idaho is home to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness where the famous Salmon River, Middle Fork & South Forks of the Salmon flow, east and north of my home in McCall. Hell’s Canyon is to the west of McCall dropping to the Snake River with backcountry adventure all year long. Local pilots talk about “Flying to Hell and back” for fishing or camping. Three other wildernesses join the “Frank” so we enjoy about 4.5 million acres of wilderness aviation, most within a hour of my home. That luck goes beyond the ordinary. I’m grateful, very appreciative, and never take life for granted. I fly an American Champion Scout outfitted for backcountry aviation ordered new from the factory in Wisconsin in 2005. I took delivery December 15, 2005, did a test flight over the factory, and flew it home with one stipulation: Since I had zero tailwheel time, my flight instructor flew back with me and that began my tailwheel endorsement. It was a 3-day flight due to snowstorms in Cheyenne Wyoming and winds aloft on day two exceeded 50 knots which slowed us down considerably. I had some eye-popping landings and wing walkers were required on taxi to parking. My take off from Sioux City was barely two plane lengths in a 18-knot headwind; my plane jumped up with me sqealing with joy. I heard some yips in the backseat too as well, so contagious was that moment of joy. I slept great each night after complete emotional and physical exhaustion on those challenging but exhilarating flights. Priceless moment after moment storied us across the country. Tied down in Cheyenne, pilots from a Lear and Kingair parked on either side of my Scout were intrigued by that little taildragger and we made an amusing ramp sight. “Wow”, one captain said to me, “Your plane looks brand new. How many hours is on it?” “Three” I said. He just stared and slowly a knowing smile overtook his face. I fell asleep with huge grins every night on that journey home. My color scheme has a vintage look of burgandy over cream. The tail is red/burgandy in honor of the Tuskeegee Airman–a favored aviation history. The engine is upgraded from 180hp to 210hp. Then I added Tundra Tires. It flies like a dream with a cruise of 122mph. However, I throttle back to a comfortable 70-90 mph in canyons & tight terrain or when flying with friends in their Kit Fox or Cub. Before my taildragger, I enjoyed a 1959 Cessna 182 for 4 years. Then after my second child, my husband, also a pilot, and I bought a 1982 Turbo 206 and we flew that for nearly 8 years before I bought my Scout. The 206 was our introduction to flying the backcountry. That’s why we moved from Steamboat Springs, Colorado after nearly 30 years there to McCall, Idaho: Just for the backcountry aviation.  Since then we sold the 206 and my husband flies his Found Bushhawk and I my Scout. I wouldn’t trade my plane for any other right now; it’s that much fun. And getting 8-10 gph is rather economical aviation especially for today’s fuel prices. When in Idaho, give me a call. There are fewer women aviators these days. Many here stopped flying due to costs or medical reasons. Some sold their planes due to the economic stress. For those of us who still squeak by, stay flying. You’ll notice that I don’t have lot of diamonds or fancy clothes because my fun-money goes to the fuel/maintenance budget. My passion is the outdoors. I enjoy flying to Indian Creek, Thomas Creek, the Flying B, the Root Ranch, Upper Loon, Moose Creek, or Shearer for backpacking, fishing, or even airplane camping. I’m always up for a backcountry adventure. Life is short. So why not fly? And…Why not fly a taildragger in the backcountry! For me, it has been more bang for the adventure and passion buck. Christina Chapman

Vickie Domke  (Alaska)

Vickie Domke (Alaska)

Vickie Domke is based at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) and flies a Supercub and a Cessna 170B. Vickie can be reached at I sure enjoyed reading about the ladies on this site! No tea-parties here, sounds like you all fly and not just talk about it. I have a red and white Supercub and a Cessna 170B and do normal Alaska flying. I run an aircraft maintenance shop and work as an A&P/IA and flight instructor. Your group, although small, sounds very enthusiastic. And your pictures are great! If any of you intend to come to Alaska, please send me an email and I will send any information I have on current events, fuel stops and local attractions. This summer I hope to take a few weeks and fly the 170 down to the States. “Almost to Oshkosh” all the way from Fairbanks! In 2007 I flew our Arctic Tern to Oshkosh from Fairbanks.  I camped out for all but two nights of the three week trip.  And this fall I removed the engine from the Cessna 170B. I intend to install another overhauled engine the Spring and fly the airplane to the States.  I flight instruct in the red and white Cessna 150 and use a Herman Nelson heater to preheat and warm up the cabin.  I just finished repainting the top of the wings on my Supercub and adding a red stripe along the leading edge. In real life I am an A&P/IA mechanic and own a maintenance shop at FAI.  I earned my Private license at 17, before I had a driver’s license.  I fly better than I drive.  I enjoy working on the planes in the winter and flying in the summer.  My husband is a private pilot and a high school VP.  We use the Cub and Tern to carry us, three dogs and stuff to our cabin. And from Judy… “Ladies, this may be the only Cessna 150 you ever see on this website but there’s no way to leave it out. Anybody preheating in Alaska looking this happy has to be seen”!...

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