Monica Delgado     (Columbia)

Monica Delgado (Columbia)

Monica Delgado is based at SKCL, Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport, Palmira, Colombia. I like to fly SuperCub and C185. I am happy to find a community that likes to fly taildraggers. It’s great to know other woman that like the same as me.  ...

Pilot update from Christine S Mortine

Pilot update from Christine S Mortine

Pilot updates are a great way to stay in touch while freshening up the information you originally submitted to LadiesLoveTaildraggers. Feel free to search your name and review what’s on-line within LadiesLoveTaildraggers. If anything’s changed – you’re flying a new bird, have a new rating, or just having a blast flying – send it in! Thank you to lady taildragger pilot Christine Mortine for this update! Christine is based at KOSU, Ohio State University Airport, Columbus, Ohio. I’m in my second career as a full time flight instructor and loving it. CFI & MEI. First career was 25 years as a classical musician, professor and conductor.  My Cessna 185, named Songbird, started as a C180 with California State Patrol and has a ton of 337s with an Infield Approval for C185. I’m a bush pilot at heart, though living in Ohio. Spent my life backpacking, lived in Alaska, etc., so when I was able to get a plane, it had to be something I could haul gear, people and land short….even if I’m pretending in Ohio. Christine Mortine February 2015 LLT ...

Slick Backcountry Landing

Slick Backcountry Landing

Here’s a tricky approach not meant for the faint of heart. Destination is Simonds airstrip in the Idaho backcountry. The strip is 900′ long x 37′ wide with a 4% to 9% grade, trees all around, and it’s at 5243′ msl. Check out this 1976 Cessna 185 with Sportsman STOL nailing it perfectly. Pilot: Leigh Smith...

Amanda Rutland    (New Zealand)

Amanda Rutland (New Zealand)

Amanda Rutland is based at CHC, Christchurch Airport, New Zealand. Pictures included are the C185 and the Tiger, as that’s what I’ve done the bulk of my flying in over the years. We have a lot of female pilots here in NZ, but unfortunately taildragger pilots in general (male or female) are becoming exceedingly difficult to find. If you want to get a rating on a new type it’s very difficult to find an instructor capable of training you. Women do seem to be more determined to give it a go here; it’s in the’ too hard’ basket for a lot of men who have their minds set on becoming airline pilots. Haven’t flown much in the last few years, had a change of career so have been doing a lot of study. (: Got my private licence at 17, commercial at 19. Learned to fly a Piper Cub first, then worked in Wanaka flying a Tiger Moth and a Pitts Special, then flying a Cessna 185 dropping skydivers. Have also flown an Auster and a Harvard, albeit briefly. Have around 1400 hours, 800 taildragger. Take care. Amanda Rutland New Zealand  ...

Carol Anne Murray   (Hawaii)

Carol Anne Murray (Hawaii)

Carol Anne Murray is based at Hilo International Airport (KHTO), Hilo, Hawaii. These were all captured by some friends who fished at Karta River Wilderness Area in southeast Alaska. I flew a Cessna 185, exclusively on straight floats, in Alaska. Now living in Hawaii, so put “Rosalyn” on wheels and packed her into a 40 foot container. A wingless airplane parked in the driveway makes a great conversation piece. Looking forward to reassembly very soon.  Tailwheel endorsement received in a Supercub, what fun!  I’m looking forward to the challenge the Skywagon presents.  Any suggestions for the transition are welcome....

Winter Flying

Hope you’re staying nice and toasty this winter … in the pilot’s seat of your favorite taildragger! This is what Indiana looked like this weekend from the front of the Champ – at 15 degrees outside! * Judy and the Happy Champ. No problem keeping warm – got the heat wide open up front! * That’s what it’s all about this time of year. The people I know that are still out there doing it, have figured out a way to dress for it. If you’re warm, flying doesn’t get much better than the dead of winter! What a fabulous shot of a C185! * Nice shot from ’08, Diana Votaw flying toward Moab – bet she’s got the heat on! * More….Diana flying across the Continental Divide And from our European friends who know how to keep warm playing in the snow… Jodel glacier pilots impromptu Fly In Glacier du Talefre Mont Blanc 10’000 ft. Not every day you see 4 Jodels, especially sitting on a glacier! * Jodels are Snow much fun ! * Beaver on the Kahlitna Glacier * D-140 Mousquetaire Swiss Glacier Matterhorn...

Three Tricky Little Cessna 185 Airstrips

This video is from the New Tribes Mission blog and forwarded to me by Cy Galley. The pilot is Brian Pruett who along with his wife are missionaries serving in the Philippines with Aviation. Brian says “This post is for all the pilots and dreamers who enjoy this kind of stuff. I filmed some landings and takeoffs at three of our more interesting airstrips. We are getting into rainy season now and I am learning that these airstrips are completely different when wet. It’s not only the slippery surface that’s a challenge, but all the rainy weather and low clouds make for a challenging trip as well.”...

Linda Fore     (Oregon)

Linda Fore (Oregon)

Linda Fore is based at Stark’s Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3), Hillsboro, Oregon, and flies a Super Cub and Cessna 185. Private and Instrument rated pilot. Retired US Navy. My husband and I own a 1979 Cessna 185F and 1968 PA-18.  I fly both but love the Super Cub!   We love flying the Idaho backcountry! I recently moved to Oregon and am enjoying all the grass runways but looking for more.  If you know of any private ones that welcome taildraggers, please send me an email. Better yet, lets go flying and go there together! I also write for Pilot Getaways magazine. Linda can be reached at hfore@aol.com...

Skywagon Video over SFO by Nigel Ellis

It’s only recently I’ve become a fan of Cessna 180s & 185s but my love affair (from afar) goes back a lot longer with 190s and 195s. Don’t confuse any of these with a Cessna 175 which I used to jump out of. It had a nose wheel and a geared engine – and I’m NOT including that on any of my favorites lists! I happened on this wonderful video of a Cessna 185 Skywagon and it might make you consider taking out a loan and checking out Barnstormers next. The scenery is amazing. Double click so you get the wide-screen version! hold...