Terri Minter     (Oregon)

Terri Minter (Oregon)

Terri Minter is based at Starks Twin Oaks Airport, 7S3, near Hillsboro, Oregon. Check out this update and the new bird Terri’s flying! I’ve owned four airplanes, all of which have been Cessna taildraggers. My current airplane is a Cessna 170B, customized for camping. Ratings: PPL, High Performance Aircraft flown: Cessna 120, Cessna 140, Cessna 170B Dream taildragger: My current airplane is a dream to me, my C170B. I love it! Thoughts on taildragging: I appreciate the versatility of being able to land on pavement, a farmer’s field or a gravel bar. _________ Following posted June 15, 2013 ____________ “June 14, 2013: Today I earned my TW endorsement! Yahoo… A few weeks ago I purchased my first airplane. My 1946 Cessna 120 was flown home with a friend of mine from Phoenix. It was the most memorable vacation of my life. It was so exciting seeing fantastic scenery and learning more about cross-country flying. I simply can’t stop smiling.” “Thanks to my dear friend for helping me find just the right taildragger and flying us home safe, all while having a wonderful time together. I’m looking forward to discovering grass strips, suitable for my little C85 hp bird, for camping and picnics!” Terri Minter _________ Following posted January 3, 2013 __________ I am a private pilot and rent a 172 out of a small airpark near Portland, Oregon.  I have taken a few lessons in a taildragger and love them.  I am a low hour pilot, maybe 120 hours.   I have been taking lessons to get my endorsement, but have not completed it yet.  Weather getting in the way in Portland.  Photo is in a 172 tricycle gear.   Thank you so much! Terri...

Kaitlin Mroz     (Texas)

Kaitlin Mroz (Texas)

Kaitlin Mroz is based at KGKY, Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, Texas.  I live and breathe aviation. I’ve done everything from loading aircraft, working an airline’s ticket counter, dispatching, aircraft routing, flight following, flight instructing, and flying jumpers. I had a goal of owning an aircraft by the time I reached 25 so I typed “airplane” in to Craigslist and a bird named Dimples (due to her speed mod) popped up so I bought it. Probably not the wisest decision but it’s the best thing that could’ve happened and has been a ton of fun. I fly just about anywhere that’s VFR legal. No airport too big or too small… shortest thus far is 1600′ -ish with obstructions (a real treat with no flaps) and the largest include airports such as the Class B KDAL, as well as KLIT, and KIND. Night flight is my favorite as the cooler temps let my little 85hp feel more like 100....

Lisa Grant     (Indiana)

Lisa Grant (Indiana)

Lisa Grant is is a student pilot based at KGFD, Pope Field, Greenfield, Indiana. Lisa Grant & 1947 Cessna 120 I have been married for 26 years and was introduced to planes through my husband. Almost all if them were tail wheels, which of course I found out were the best and the most fun to fly in. It will be amazing once I get my pilot’s license and can go up on my own. Lisa works at Indianapolis Regional Airport and I was lucky enough to give her a ride in my Rans S7 a few weeks ago. I’ve seen her and husband Mike Grant’s C120 and it’s absolutely pristine. It was rebuilt back in 1983 but still looks amazing. Mike says his favorite things about it are its wheel pants, its metal wings and its Maule tailwheel. I have to agree, put those 3 things into one C120 package and it’d be hard to pass up. Personally, I CAN’T WAIT to see Lisa flying this beauty. It spends a lot of time at my airport, and she and I are going to be doing a lot of flying together, she just doesn’t know it yet!! Go Lisa!!  Judy...

Carol Levine    (Texas)

Carol Levine (Texas)

Carol Levine is based at KTKI, Collin County Regional Airport at Mc Kinney, Dallas, Texas. I have been involved with general aviation since 1998 and obtained my PPL August 31, 1999. I started thinking about flying taildraggers a few years ago while volunteering with the warbird community. In 2010 I received my endorsement in a Citabria. However, I did not have the privelage to fly it solo. Unfortunately, my instructor and the plane that I was training in went down a week after I got signed off. It took me almost another year when I found another Citabria and instructor up in McKinney. I had such a blast flying with him but again was not allowed to fly solo due to insurance. I then went to Florida to do some flying in the Orlando area. Got a chance to fly a Champ. Decided I was not going to be relocating any time soon to Florida. Instead I had heard that a flying club in McKinney had just put online a 1946 Cessna 120. Just after the new year I drove up to McKinney and had my first flight in the plane with the owner. Some of the landings were good and others my feet had touched the brakes and I was all over the runway. The owner put me in touch with my instructor and it has been several months of pure joy, and of course some fustration and setbacks. Yet, with faith and determination I achieved the coveted sign off last weekend. My instructor was kind enough to meet me this past Monday to do the honors of supervised solo take off and landings. What was even better I gave him my cell phone and had him videotape my 3 take off landings. This was not a part of the required sign off but it was part of the journey of becoming a Cessna 120 driver....

Summer Martell

Hey, a quick note from Summer Martell and a “commute to work” picture!  Summer was, and still is, the envy of many pilots for flying her Student Prince biplane 3,400 miles RT to our Lady Taildraggers flyin last year! Commuting to work in the Puget Sound in my “modern” airplane. A 1946 Cessna 120. All the amenities, an electric starter, lights, radios, a heater and a roof! – Here’s Summer’s other love, her 1931 Student Prince. – – Happy New Year my dear sky sisters and blue skies to you and yours in 2012. Summer Martell...

Sarah Dickerson     (Missouri)

Sarah Dickerson (Missouri)

Sarah Dickerson is based at KGPH, Midwest National Air Center Airport, just outside Kansas City, Missouri. I’m a professional photographer who also does a bit of flight instructing on the side. I own a 1947 Cessna 120 with my husband, Jim, and we presently base the plane at KGPH (Midwest National Air Center) just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. I teach at ATD Flight Systems at the Kansas City Downtown Airport and in student-owned airplanes as a freelance instructor. Jim and I attend as many fly-ins as possible (unfortunately, as a wedding photographer I have to really plan ahead). Two must-attends on our list each year are the Supercub.org New Holstein Fly-In in New Holstein, Wisconsin (8D1) held during Oshkosh each year – we don’t own a Super Cub but the site and fly-in organizer, Steve Johnson, is a very good friend of ours and lives less than 5 minutes from us – – as well as the annual Blakesburg, Iowa Antique fly-in. We love our little 120 and spend nearly as much time polishing it as we do flying it! I love the challenge of flying a taildragger and my favorite type of flying is low and slow at sunset!! I started accumulating ratings in hopes of switching to a flying career; however, I fell in love with this type of flying and it’s truly where my heart is!...

Carolyn Pasqualino    (Illinois)

Carolyn Pasqualino (Illinois)

Carolyn Pasqualino is based at Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, Illinois. I started flying in 1974 and ended up marrying Mark, my flight instructor.  We have owned our 1946 Cessna 120 since 1990 and it shares the hangar in our back yard with a Beech Debonair and Beech T34-B.  We have lived at Bel Air Estates on the Poplar Grove Airport, since 1997 and love living on a residential airport.   The midwest is a haven for Sunday morning pancake breakfasts, and we enjoy flying to them almost every week in the summer.  Since we’re just 100 miles from Oshkosh, we fly there every year for AirVenture too. I’ve been a pilot for United Airlines for almost 26 years and am currently a captain on the Boeing 747-400.  After all the changes in the airline industry the last decade, flying my own airplane is a lot more fun than airline flying!...

Theresa Berthelsdorf    (Oregon)

Theresa Berthelsdorf (Oregon)

Theresa Berthelsdorf is based at McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV), McMinnville, Oregon and flies an Interstate Cadet. I learned how to fly back in the 1980s in Piper Colts and Cherokees in Annapolis, MD. But a Cessna 120 stole my heart and for twenty years N89658 was my airplane of choice. I started an aerial photography business in MD and the 120 was the perfect photo platform for my work. I moved to the Tampa, Fl area in 1991 and flew the 120 down to my new home in 1992, and continued my photo work there. Sadly, when my husband passed away in 2004, I had to sell my beloved 120 to pay the bills. But fate has been good to me. I live in Oregon now.  I have remarried and my husband Victor and I have a 1942 Interstate Cadet that I am learning to love. It’s completely different from the 120-throttle’s in the left hand, passenger is behind, not next to, and without an electrical system, hand propping becomes an art form. But the little Cadet is light on the controls, gentle in stalls, and happy in the kind of flying I like best- “putzing around”. “I am happy to find this site and look forward to meeting some more lady taildragger pilots!” Theresa...

Sarah Patten    (Virginia)

Sarah Patten (Virginia)

Sarah Patten is based at KHWY,Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Warrenton, Virginia and owns a Cessna 120. I started flying in 1999, just before my senior year of high school, at 17N in southern NJ. I loved my lessons so much that I juggled three part time jobs in addition to school just to afford them! I earned my PPL in December 2000 and spent several years after that working every aviation job I could find. I worked as a line girl at a flight school, then later worked in their shop as an assistant to the school’s mechanic. I learned a lot about aircraft systems by actually working on them, and hope one day to earn my A&P. I also spent several years working in the office of a busy skydiving school. Hugging my plane in Kansas the day I picked it up  I earned my CFI in 2006, and shortly thereafter had the opportunity to take a job as Chief CFI and office manager of a small flight school. It was a lot of hard work and was certainly a learning experience! I loved instructing and some of my former students are now among my closest friends. In 2008 I was hired by the FAA as an air traffic controller, and in early 2009 I moved to northern Virginia to begin training at the Potomac TRACON. It’s been a LOT of hard work, but I love my job! I hope to be fully certified sometime in the next month or two; once I’m done training I’m hoping to return to flight instructing part time. At KAOO (Altoona, PA, also on the flight back from Kansas) Last year I had the opportunity to buy a 1947 Cessna 120. I absolutely love it!! The previous owner took fantastic care of it and I plan to do the same. My mechanic and I picked it up from Oxford, Kansas, last August, and spent several days flying it back to the East Coast. It’s been a blast flying around the beautiful scenery of northern VA, and I’m looking forward to many more happy hours in the air!...