Katie Pribyl, cover article, January 2017 AOPA Pilot Magazine

Katie Pribyl, cover article, January 2017 AOPA Pilot Magazine

Pick up the latest edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine, the January 2017 issue, and you’ll see a surprising sight; an aerial shot of a worn, old Cessna 180 Skywagon, not the usual award winning aircraft you’re expecting. The beautiful old bird is polished aluminum with faded and chipped black & aqua blue paint – and it is magnificent. When I saw it, my interest soared and completely pegged when I realized a woman was flying it. Wow, this was going to be a great story! The pilot is Katie Pribyl, a LadiesLoveTaildraggers member, Embry-Riddle graduate, former Canadair CRJ200 pilot and today the Senior Vice President, Communications, at AOPA. The article titled ‘A Daughter’s Homecoming’ is the story of Katie’s return to her roots in Montana, the 8,000 acre ranch where her parents still live, and her lifelong dream of landing her own plane on the ranch. What better plane than a Cessna Skywagon to fly into a short, high elevation, alfalfa patch strip?! I think you’ll agree, Dave Hirschman has written a beautiful article that comes full circle and is a must read for every lady taildragger pilot. AOPA Article Preview If you’re not a member, scroll to the bottom, “Not a Subscriber”, to preview. Article by Dave Hirschman AOPA article photography by Mike Fizer...

Maureen Sherwood     (California)

Maureen Sherwood (California)

Maureen Sherwood is based at KSBP, San Luis County Regional Airport, San Luis Obispo, California. I started taking flying lessons as a young wife of a Navy Pilot back in the early 1970s. My husband really wanted me to learn to fly so I decided to take flying lessons while he was deployed. We bought our first airplane, a J3 Cub, upon his return from his second tour to Viet Nam. At first I was intimidated by having to hand prop to start and having no radios or navigation equipment. Once I gained confidence in reading charts and navigating by landmarks, I grew to love the J3. We met another young Navy Pilot and his wife who flew their own Aeronca L3. It was so much fun as young couples to fly formation in and out of little dirt airstrips around our home base of Hanford, CA. Unfortunately my marriage didn’t last but fortunately my love of flying provided many adventures to come. Even after I earned advanced pilot certificates and flew high performance airplanes, I never forgot my “first love” my J3 Cub. By comparison to other advanced “user friendly” airplanes, the J3 provided a true feeling of flight that must be primordial. I have been lucky to have owned several other taildraggers during my flying career including a Taylorcraft BC-12D, Piper Super Cub PA18, Citabria 7KCAB, Decathalon, Pitts S2B and Sukoi SU2. My present husband and I are fortunate to currently own a Cessna 180. We just acquired an American Legend Super Cub AL18 which we flew back to San Luis Obispo California from Sulphur Springs, Texas this past February. I am grateful that my husband now shares the love of taildraggers that has been my passion for over 40 years....

Taming the Taildragger: 1955 Cessna 180

Taming the Taildragger: 1955 Cessna 180

Jan Liberty sent in these fun pictures to celebrate the holiday. “Happy 4th of July!! Sharing  pictures taken of me a few years back with my 1955 Cessna 180 while camping at Sullivan Lake (09S) located in NE Washington State.” P.S. The boots were fun for the picture—but I don’t fly in them....

Katie Pribyl    (Virginia)

Katie Pribyl (Virginia)

Katie Pribyl is based at KFDK, Frederick Municipal Airport, Frederick, Maryland. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana and much of my early exposure to GA was backcountry flying in taildraggers. So when it came time to make my first airplane purchase, it’s where I naturally gravitated. I purchased my 1956 Cessna 180 in October 2014 and have loved every single hour in it. I foresee spending a lot of time in the backcountry of Montana where I think “Buck” truly belongs....

Vicki Coles     (Washington)

Vicki Coles (Washington)

Vicki Coles is based at KVUO, Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, Washington. My first flying lesson was in 1975 in a Taylorcraft at Evergreen Field, Vancouver, WA. I soloed in the Taylorcraft and then “moved on” to the Aeronca Champ. (One didn’t “move UP” to the C150 until one had mastered the taildraggers.) I earned my Private in 1977, my Commercial in 1978 and my CFI-SEL in 1979. I just re-certificated as a CFI for the 18th time.   When I started flying, taildraggers were THE training aircraft at Evergreen Field (59S). The airport was built by Wally Olson, a local legend and has since been overcome by development. I met my husband at Evergreen (after first falling in love with his 1953 C180) and we have been together for 35 years....

Darcy Groves    (California)

Darcy Groves (California)

Darcy Groves is based at 1C9, Frazier Lake Airpark, Hollister, California. 1955 Cessna 180, N180HB and am a student pilot....

A Smile a Mile Wide

A Smile a Mile Wide

I frequently receive interesting and enjoyable emails from people but this recent one from Dee Ann Ediger was extra special. Dee Ann attended our LLT flyin at Gaston’s and sent this one I just have to share. I think you’ll love it as much as I do. On Saturday afternoon at the Gaston’s flyin, a young lad with his grandparents visited the airport in order to see the airplanes. When you asked (Judy) if there were any takers on going with you in your plane on a fuel run, this little guy was busting to get to ride, but since his parents weren’t there, his grandparents declined to ask anyone to take him up.   He asked his grandparents about getting on the field, but they didn’t know what was allowed, so I volunteered to take him down the flight line and show him the planes. We walked down and I described all of the planes that I could, telling him something about the performance and history of some of them that I could. He took everything in, and was reciting some tidbits that he had picked up because of his interest in flight. He has a flight simulator program that he plays with and actually had some of the terminology surprisingly accurate.   Attached is a copy of a letter I received today from the young man (I had given him a copy of my business card). In my opinion, this is totally what sharing the wonders of flight is all about. It gave me a smile a mile wide!   If you use your imagination, you can recognize the BirdDog (tongue hanging out) and the 180 (blue flames). I’ve also given four EAA Young Eagles a flight this week and have another group scheduled for Saturday as well as being the photographer for the Ponca City Flight Academy Young Eagles flights tomorrow. It’s a fantastic experience to introduce youngsters to flight!...

Susan Dusenbury     (North Carolina)

Susan Dusenbury (North Carolina)

Susan Dusenbury is based at her own strip, 13NR, Dusenbury Field Airport, Walnut Cove, North Carolina. I currently fly my Cessna 180 and Taylor J-2 “Cub” out of my private airstrip located here on my farm in North Carolina. I began flying at the age of 15 and have always flown taildraggers. My main interest in aviation is in vintage aviation. I also own a Culver “Cadet” and am currently restoring a Stinson “Reliant” Model SR-6. When Susan registered on LadiesLoveTaildrggers she sent in the above. Susan, you must be shy! One of our members wrote to let me know Susan was inducted into the 2013 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. Spectacular!...

Carolina L. Anderson     (Florida)

Carolina L. Anderson (Florida)

Carolina Anderson is based in Daytona, Florida. Currently my husband and I own ( and fly)  a Pitts S1T, a Cubcrafters Cub S-2, a Cessna 180, an Aircam and a Piper Pawnee tow-plane. I have several hundred hours giving instruction in tailwheel and aerobatic airplanes, such ad Champs, J-3 Cubs, Extra, Decathlon, Pitts and Super Cubs. We own a small company that provides glider tows and glider instruction as well as LSA and tailwheel instruction and we concentrate on helping high school and college students. I am also a professor at Embry-Riddle in Daytona. As you can see I love taildraggers :). Looking forward to getting involved in your fun group 🙂 Carolina L. Anderson...

Roni MacPherson   (California)

Roni MacPherson (California)

Roni MacPherson is based at (KSEE) Gillespie Field Airport, San Diego/El Cajon, California and flies a Piper PA-16 Clipper. Roni with her 1949 Piper Clipper I have a 1927 Travel Air 4000, 1929 Travel Air 4000, 1947 Luscombe 8A/F, 1949 Piper PA-16 Clipper, 1954 Cessna 180. – The Clipper is totally mine and I share the others with my husband who I met in 1979 when he gave my boyfriend and I a ride in the 1927 Travel Air at an airshow!  We still spend the summers barnstorming and our 20 year old daughter spent my pregnancy in the biplane and then we tried loops to induce labor which was not successful but after medically inducing we were back at the airport within 24 hours of her birth.  She is now a student pilot in a Citabria. The photos of the Tiger Moth are from New Zealand where we also have land on the aerodrome where I’m flying the Moth. Life has been extremely good to me and I count my blessings everyday. Once a month we use the C-180 to fly to Baja for a medical/dental clinic. Tomorrow I am flying the 180 to the San Juan Islands for a week at our farm where the photo of the 180 is taken. My husband is a dentist and I act as pilot/assistant and translator.  The whole side of our 180 opens as it was designed to haul caskets.  You open the door with a casket crank! Life is good! Posted July 17, 2010...

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