Dawn Wavle Rogers     (Kansas)

Dawn Wavle Rogers (Kansas)

Dawn Rogers and her husband are based at their uncharted grass strip south of Wichita, Kansas. I have been flying since 2007. My husband Ross Rogers and I live on our own grass strip south of Wichita (uncharted). We have a Cessna 140 and a 172. Last fall we bought a Stearman. I’m looking forward to getting checked out in it after I get some more time in the 140. I mostly fly for fun but occasionally we’ll take a cross country trip. We spend most of our time up at Stearman Field (1k1). We have to pay for avgas so we have jobs too. 🙂 I’m an aviation attorney with Jackson & Wade, a Kansas City law firm. Prior to that, I worked many years as in-house counsel for some of the aircraft manufacturers in Wichita. Ross is a Captain with Southwest Airlines....

Rachel Kopman     (Washington)

Rachel Kopman (Washington)

Rachel Kopman is based at Green Mountain Airport, a private strip in Washington state. I started flying in a tricycle gear plane and always envied the pilots flying tailwheels. I loved hearing the stories and the pride in their voices when the tailwheel pilots shared their experiences. Receiving my tailwheel endorsement was a welcome challenge to improve my flying skills – I’ve taken my stick and rudder skills to a higher level. At the same time, I’m experiencing some “old fashioned” flying fun! If you’re going to do something, do it right…flying with more control (or within narrower margins) is forced upon us, soon it becomes a habit. We need something to keep us honest–and I think flying a tailwheel fits that bill. That’s why I chose to fly a taildragger....

Ping Zhao’s Adventure Story

Ping Zhao’s Adventure Story

My Adventure Story Indianapolis to Silicon Valley flying our “new” taildragger, a 1946 Cessna 140 Why would anyone buy an aeroplane from their home State and miss out on fun like this? We have just bought a 1946 Cessna 140 and this is the story of how we flew Hamachi from frozen Indianapolis to San Carlos, California armed with only a couple of spanners, one of both types of screwdriver and a roll of duct tape…………. I wish but we simply could not help ourselves and throw in a couple of additional items that we thought might come in handy, 2 iPhones each with Foreflight installed 2 iPads each with Foreflight installed 1 Garmin GPS I Iridium Extreme satellite telephone 1 Wireless internet hotspot 1 Laptop 1 Bose Noise cancel headset which pairs with iPhones 1 Spot satellite tracking system with a ‘Launch The Helicopters’ button This resulted in constant contact with Ground Control via telephone, Skype, Facebook, email and text. Hamachi is moving to Silicon Valley so what did you expect? Day 1 Left (Indianapolis) Greenwood at 9:45. Smooth and pleasant flight in sharp contrast to the prior day. We were below 2000 ft both because of Indy space and also relatively mild 20 mph headwinds. Soon, the smoothness went away and we were forced to search for smoother air from 1200 ft to 6500 ft. As we travel (very slowly with 40-50 mph headwinds) southwest, white snow gradually disappeared. We no longer needed cabin heat. We stopped at KALN, KLBO, and arrived at KJLN for the night. We ran into a gentleman at KLBO who is also part of Short Wing Piper Club which we also belong. We talked about mutual friends Kurt and Mark. At KJLN, a large welcoming party arrived to greet us on the ramp who were very happy to see Hamachi. Day 2 The weather started much nicer than yesterday. The air was smooth and we had a nice tailwind and zipped along at 130 mph, quite a difference to yesterdays 50 mph! We landed at Hemphill airport. The airport was quiet and the place must be so out of the place that AmEx sent me a vm to alert me the potential fraud right after I paid for the avgas! After a brief break, we continued heading west. Had a chat with our friend Kurt Selbert over the radio as he zipped by at 41,000 ft in a Challenger, he had been watching our Spot track. Soon, we started to encounter turbulence which I guess was not surprise as we saw many windmills. Our plan was to stop at Tucamcari airport to refuel and get lunch. we got the gas but no food so munched on chocolate bars for lunch. We continued to push on to Albuquerque and on the way climbed to over 10,000ft as a test for tomorrow climb over the routes high spot at Flagstaff. We also encountered headwinds in the range of 20-40 mph and ground started to come up to us which was a very strange sensation. ABQ was windy and the trip to there was very turbulent it was 20kt gusting 30kt when we (Justin Phillipson, too much for me) landed. Tucked Hamachi in the Atlantic hangar for the night and will start at dawn tomorrow to get across the Flagstaff hopefully before the winds get up. Day 3 We started bright and early leaving ABQ at 6:45am surprisingly the wind was still blowing at 20 mph. It was already bumpy and very soon strong headwinds once again tracked us down. The head winds meant that we had to change plans and decided to fuel at both Gallup and Winslow. It was cold as we could tell from both the engine oil temperature and our need to use cabin heat. On the positive side the wind changed the direction giving us a welcome tailwind. This enabled us to land at Laughlin Bullhead City from Winslow. From Winslow, we largely followed I-40 through turbulent air and we were bounced around quite a bit. We slowly, ever so slowly climbed to above 9000 ft to go over Flafstaff. Once clear of the peaks we made a small detour to see the meteor crater. Nonetheless, we made good time to Laughlin where the wind was again very strong. From Laughlin, we headed west again towards beautiful Mojave. And at times we flew as low as 5ft over the desert and the dry lake bed. After the refueling, Justin and I peeped through a gap in the Scale Composite’s big hangar doors and saw a cool new spaceship they are working on. We were spotted by two large and scowling security guys who quickly chased us away before they closed the peeping gap in the hangar doors. From Mojave, we continued west through the big wind turbine farm. It almost felt like we were flying a Rebel Alliance Starfighter in a Star Wars movie! We stayed at 5000 ft and crossed Tehachapi where the air was smooth and central valley was covered by a layer of haze. As we cross the Pacheco Pass, we saw a very beautiful sunset welcoming us home. As we got to San Carlos, we turned on our landing lights and while our little Cessna only has a small engine, its landing light is so bright that it will probably rival any of the 737s! Taxi to the hangar, open a beer and relax! Ping Zhao  ...

Father-Daughter Arrival    (Contest Entry #6)

Father-Daughter Arrival (Contest Entry #6)

Father-Daughter Arrival August 28, 2013 by Brian Lansburgh At fifteen, she’s one of the youngest students I’ve taught.  Predictably, she learns fast.  Couple that with a lot of natural ability and interest and you’ve got a student who is great fun for a teacher. Her father flies and uses his Bonanza for business.  Her mother is taking instruction as well.  Aviation has served as a major influence, binding this already close family with its all-encompassing nature. I give her a hard time about the radio.  Perhaps it’s because she’s so naturally adept.  It has surprised me how quickly that small thumb presses the transmit switch and her transmissions efficiently communicate her intentions to traffic or ATC.  After dealing with so many students who were terrified of that little red button, it’s rather refreshing to see this relatively small part of learning to fly put in its rightful place.  I still give her a hard time because she sounds like she’s twelve years old… I always wonder if others, hearing her squeaky little voice, wonder just who that is in that little Cessna 140. We had just finished a mini cross country to help get her out of familiar patterns for a while as well as to familiarize her with all the local airports.  As we neared our home airport, we heard another aircraft approaching.  Its pilot announced that he was a Beechcraft Bonanza and was five out, inbound.  It was her father.  I nodded at her and she made her inbound call after chirping, “Hi, Dad”. I’d told her mom that I’d text her when we were inbound so she could drive over and pick her up.  I texted, “Both husband and daughter are inbound”. The two were delighted to be in the pattern at the same time.  I was, too.  They discussed who would land first.  When her dad asked what her instructor wanted to do, I wouldn’t answer.  In my opinion, the process of learning to fly is simply the gradual transfer of responsibility from the flight instructor to the student.  This was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate just how much responsibility had actually been transferred.  I would make no transmissions, just a little coaching on the intercom. We were closer and we fly a tight pattern, so it was decided that we’d land first.  Her father’s delight at that decision was evident to me.  It would give him the chance to observe her approach and landing from a great seat in the balcony. She swooped in with a very accurate power-off approach followed by a good flair into a classic three-point landing. I advised her to expedite her roll out because there was a Bonanza behind her. We taxied off the runway but before we headed through the woods to the hangar she made the clearing call. I normally eschew that call because, as I tell all my students, “Ray Charles could see that you’re no longer on the runway.” But this was different. This wasn’t so much “clear of the active” as it was, “ok, Dad, it’s your turn”. Her Dad replied, “Nicely done”. I could’ve wept. I’m such a sap. Happy Swooping, Brian Lansburgh...

Sally Gist     (Texas)

Sally Gist (Texas)

Sally Gist is based at KAQO, Llano Municipal Airport, Llano, Texas. I am a Skydiver, Grand Canyon River Guide, and I love flying my plane around the hill country of Texas....

Erissa Yong-Wilson     (British Columbia)

Erissa Yong-Wilson (British Columbia)

Erissa Yong-Wilson is based at CYPK, Pitt Meadows Regional Airport, Pitt Meadows, BC. I fly a Cessna 182Q. I spent time with Jeannie MacPherson in Helena learning to fly in her Super Decath. Jeanne McPherson & I go back 10 years, with Sparky Imeson as our common friend. He first taught me to fly in his 170B and then we bought a C180 together in 2004. We flew 150 hours into all sorts of canyons and grass strips in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico. Recently I soloed in my friend Gary Ward’s 1946 Cessna 140 in Georgia. Check out his website: www.garywardaerobatics.com   Water skiing on a calm lake, and landing on Grass strips. Pictured is the grass strip he soloed me on 🙂  Wheel landings and takeoffs. I am also a very good friend of Galen Hanselman who wrote the AIRBAJA series of books. I helped him a couple of years ago to survey 80 odd grass strips in Idaho for his new book and charts....

Terri Hull’s new wings!

Terri Hull’s new wings!

What more proof do you need that this lady is a TRUE taildragger girl?!! Terri Hull from Indiana not only owns and flies a Cessna 140, she also recently purchased a Hatz bi-plane. Terri says, “Best thing I over heard today is when I stopped in for fuel with my new (to me) airplane. As I shut down and took off my helmet I heard, “That’s a Woman!”  LOL! Loved it!!!” (Terri, you’re not that far from MQJ. You gotta get over here in your pretty new bi-plane! Let’s meet for lunch at BAK sometime. Anybody else close enough, join us!! Judy) Terri and her “new” Hatz CB-1 “Sky Gypsy II”. Terri’s got a GREAT life. She flies for NetJets as a day job and get’s to fly her two great taildraggers in her down time! Take note ladies. Follow your dreams. Fly often. Study hard. Get your ratings. Don’t take NO for an answer. This could be YOU!  Send me a note if you’d like to contact Terri directly....

YES! Share those toys!

YES! Share those toys!

I think Jeannie Phillips found the secret of passionate flyers…… sharing the blessings. She sent this note with picture and was obviously happy as heck to be on the receiving end of an amazing flight. “Thanks to a very generous DC-3 owner I got the unforgettable experience of flying it!” Jeannie Phillips Jeannie’s regular ride is a 1946 Cessna 140 based at Cape Cod Airport, 2B1. Fly a Champ? RV8? Tailwind? Beech 18? DC-3?!! Give somebody a thrill!...

Christy Lichtenstein     (California)

Christy Lichtenstein (California)

Christy Lichtenstein is based at KCMA, Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California. I am a pilot, bass guitarist (aka Xty), and a “chef”.  When I’m not playing bass or cooking, I’m usually flying or detailing my airplanes.  I have a restored 1946 Cessna 140 and an experimental Pitts S1-S. I mostly fly for fun, and like to make videos of my flying to share with everyone.  My videos include aerobatics, skis, floats, bush wheels, and some other stuff. On the YouTube page, there are many videos where I both play the bass guitar & was the pilot. These are aerobatic, fun stuff, and Alaska flying.  Check out my website and YouTube Page:  www.christylichtenstein.com/ &  Christy’s YouTube Page 36 Second Inverted Flat Spin in Pitts S1-S Flight of 2 Blonde Taildragger Pilots, Citabria & Cessna 140 Christy Lichtenstein www.ChristyLichtenstein.com www.AcmeExplosiveBirdSeed.com...

Jeannie Phillips 2013

Jeannie Phillips 2013

Jeannie Phillips sent a few pictures and a “Happy New Year!” wish to everyone. Maybe it’s just me but doesn’t being based at a grass strip on Cape Cod sound oh so romantic to you? Our Cessna 140 and the hangar we keep it in ( the plane was built in 1946 and the hanger was built in 1929!) Another picture is flying over Cape Cod at sunset. We put the skis on our C140 for the first time and my husband and I took turns flying it with skis – it was so much fun!! I can’t think of a better  way to start of the New Year!! :>) Jeannie Phillips 2B1, Cape Cod Airport, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts...

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