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...

Celia Vanderpool     (California)

Celia Vanderpool (California)

Celia Vanderpool is based at (KOKB) Oceanside Municipal Airport, Oceanside, California. Here are a few shots from a trip to AK a couple of seasons ago, Whitehorse, Talkeetna, etc. I bought my wheel version of the Cessna 18O over 20 years ago, after flying on floats in southeast AK, and loving what this airplane could do. * My most fun, best challenges and favorite aviation adventures have been in classic, conventional gear aircraft. Thank you so much for linking like minded people who love these planes....

Darlene Kellner     (Pennsylvania)

Darlene Kellner (Pennsylvania)

Darlene Kellner is based at Hazelton Municipal Airport, Hazelton, Pennsylvania (KHZL). When I discussed the idea of getting my pilot’s license with my husband he said, “If you are going to learn to fly, you are going to learn on a real airplane!” So we set out to find just the right real airplane for me to learn in, a taildragger. We found a wonderful Cessna 170 and purchased it. It was a wonderful aircraft and very forgiving of my inexperience. I have often said that the 170 flew me, I didn’t fly it. The time came to move up to a little more power and capacity, so the logical move was to the Cessna 180 I currently fly. Darlene D. Kellner http://www.dkellner.info (check out Darlene’s link; looks like she may love skydiving as much as taildraggers!)...

Coby Sena   (California)

Coby Sena (California)

Welcome to Coby Sena, another lady taildragger pilot from Reid-Hillview Airport! (KRHV) San Jose, California. I gave myself flying lessons for my 50th birthday, 5 years ago. Although I learned in tricycle gear (and own a Cessna 182), I wanted to learn tailwheel. My instructor and good friend has a Cessna 180, and I learned tailwheel in that plane. I absolutely love flying the C180 and do so every chance I get. I’m aiming to take my CFI checkride in June, so everyone – send good mental vibes my way. It’s a lot of work (and I’m not a youngster anymore) but I love sharing my passion for flying and look forward to instructing. I am also a mission pilot in Civil Air Patrol and highly encourage more women pilots in the USA to become involved in CAP. We are greatly under-represented in that organization and need to change that.  See Coby Sena’s Flight to Copalis State Beach Airport...

Catherine Chagnot    (Ohio)

Catherine Chagnot (Ohio)

Catherine Chagnot is based at Ohio University Airport-Snyder Field (KUNI) Athens, Ohio and flies her Cessna 180. I’ve been flying for 37 years and now own and fly a 1970 Cessna 180H with a full Horton STOL kit (1300+ hours). I just got back from a job flying a U206 Air Ambulance in Southern Guyana as a relief pilot in the bush and wish I’d had the 180 down there or better yet a Helio Courier. I’ve mostly flown taildraggers ever since the Aeronca 7AC in the old days and just think they’re better performing and much more fun to fly. The 180 has got to be one of the best single engine planes ever built! I used to fly with my German Shepherd, Bapsy, and would often bring it in to an airport (always a crosswind it seems), get out of the plane with the big dog and the guys hanging around would gape at me and invariably say something like; “Did you fly that in here?” as they looked around for some man to get out of the plane. I would answer, “No”, pause (collective sigh of relief), “The dog did”. I’m on my second engine since getting it about 10 years ago. I’ve added a Garmin 530W and very recently a S-TEC 55X (Oh so nice on those long IFR legs IMC… 🙂 Do you guys put together any ‘camping’ weekends ever? The 180 club does but mostly in the west and hard to get to/from Ohio just for the weekend. Something to think about.. * Happy Holidays, Cate...

Karyn Wiemers    (New Mexico)

Karyn Wiemers (New Mexico)

Karyn Wiemers is based at Cavern City Airport (KCNM) Carlsbad, New Mexico and flies a Cessna 180 Skywagon. I am a chemical engineer and have been flying a tailwheel for about 8 years.  Originally based in Washington my early tailwheel adventures took me to the Idaho backcountry. Now based in New Mexico I am exploring south of the border. My tailwheel is my magic carpet. What else is there to say? My husband and I & close friends will be spending January in Mexico/Central America; a flight of two taildraggers. I enjoy the website and look forward to reading  more of your members’ adventures. Karyn...

Renee O’Brien    (Florida)

Renee O’Brien (Florida)

Renee O’Brien is based at River Oak Airport (00FL) Okeechobee, Florida and flies an Aeronca Champ. I own a 1946 Aeronca 7AC I’ve flown for 30+ years....

Susan Harper’s 2 weeks and 35 flight hours, Cessna 180 adventure!

I decided to take “Skydancer” (my Cessna 180) on a tour since I was invited to a birthday celebration in Key West, Florida. Susan Harper and Sarah – my wingwoman and shutter bug On June 20th I left Boulder City, Nevada and I headed East. After picking up a girlfriend in Huntsville, Alabama, we arrived in Key West on June 23rd. My friend, Sarah, who is not a pilot, took a picture of every final approach, including this one at Key West. Final into Key West! * Headed towards Key West, passing over Everglades of Florida * Headed north from Key West – stay in Gulf – less clouds * Tapas at the Nine One Five resturant in Key West After our visit, and dropping Sarah off in Alabama, I headed westward. I got as far as Shawnee, Okla. The residual weather of Hurricane Alex strung a line of rain and embedded thunderstorms all along Texas and Oklahoma. I sat in Shawnee for four days, including July 4th, until the weather was VFR enough that I could scoot south and behind the line of storms. Sitting in Shawnee, OK while IFR and MVFR passed over wasn’t so bad. The FBO gave me a courtesy car while I was there, the line boy’s full time job was Deputy Sheriff of Potawatomi County, and I rode patrol with him one night. Yep, quite the experience. Eastern weather is very hazy and thick with humidity, clouds, and fog. Quite a departure from my usual condition of severely clear. Round trip flight was 35 hours in just over 2 weeks. Great trip with hundreds of pictures to remind me of all the adventures. I stuck to small, mostly non-towered  airports for fuel and overnight stays. All those I met were so friendly and welcoming. Field maintenance at Cullman, Alabama (north of Birmingham) I had only one minor on-field repair event and thank goodness, I had the tools and parts I needed. It’s really too hot to enjoy flying for the next few weeks, but I’m looking forward to flying to Idaho in Sept for the NW Section meeting of the 99s. Key West beach Susan Harper...

Susan Harper   (Nevada)

Susan Harper (Nevada)

Susan Harper is based at Boulder City Municipal Airport, Boulder City, Nevada and flies a Cessna 180. Thankfully, through the Idaho 99s newletter, I located this website.  I am absolutely in love with my 180.  I (finally) had her painted this past January.  Since my retirement I’ve been able to fly more often and always look forward to fly-in activities that include camping. *...

Mary Conklin   (Illinois)

Mary Conklin (Illinois)

Mary Conklin is based at Capron, Illinois (88IL) and flies a Cessna 180. I own on a farm one mile north of Capron and have a RLA and hangar in my back yard. It is called Mary’s Landing and the identifier is 88IL. It is on the internet if you care to find specifics. The closest public airport is Poplar Grove Airport (C77) which is where I have my annual inspections and buy fuel.  C77 is where I met Tina Thomas and have known since I began flying planes. I got my pilot’s license in 1989 in a Citabria. I learned how to fly on a private grass strip in Marengo, IL. I got my instrument rating in 1990. I have always loved aviation and started out as a skydiver in 1975 and was a member of the Pelican Skydiving club in Maryland. Lynn O’Donnell flew the DC-3 that I jumped from many times in Maryland. I have known Lynn for at 35 years. I accumulated over 1000 jumps until I quit in 1986 when I had my first son. However, I do plan on jumping again as soon as the mid-west weather gets a little warmer this spring. I teach Aviation Psychology for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Worldwide. Actually, my entire family are pilots. My husband (deceased) was a Super 80 Captain for American Airlines for 16 years. My oldest son, Spencer (age 23) is a FO and flies the CRJ700 for United Airlines. My other son, Winston (age 22), is currently in college and has soloed a Cessna 140. Both sons learned to fly at C77 in taildraggers. If anyone happens to be flying over, please feel free to land and say hello. Do a low pass down the runway to give me time to get outside and let you know I am home. The week before OSH, I will have my handheld tuned to 123.45 if you just want to say hello....

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