Charlotte Dadswell     (UK)

Charlotte Dadswell (UK)

Charlotte Dadswell is based at EGHR, Chichester/Goodwood Aerodrome, West Sussex, UK. I think it’s time for an update from me, as there has been a lot going on in my flying since I joined LLT back in 2012. I am still at Goodwood, and still teaching.  Although I do a lot of instructing on nosewheel aircraft, my students all learn that ‘proper’ aircraft have the third wheel at the back!  I also do a bit of banner towing with a Super Cub. I started flying the wonderful de Havilland Chipmunk with The Real Flying Company at Shoreham in 2012.  I also had a great time instructing for them, taking people for aerobatic trial lessons, until they sadly closed last year. My boyfriend Andrew and I now have an Aeronca Chief named Oscar, which we keep on a 250 yard strip at my home. We are looking forward to lots of fun flying together. Oscar is the second Chief in the family, as my Dad imported the first one on the British register (G-IVOR) when I was a child. I flew my 2,000th hour last summer, in Oscar with Andrew. I am also now flying a very lovely and unique aircraft, the prototype Andreasson BA4B.  All my aerobatics to date have been on the Chipmunk, so I am looking forward to developing my skills on the BA4, where everything happens very much more rapidly!  In addition to being the prototype, this particular airframe is notable for having been flown from Goodwood to Australia by my uncle, John Vening, an incredible feat in any aircraft but especially in one which would not be most people’s first idea of a touring machine! Onwards to my next 2,000 hours, hopefully as many of them as possible with a wheel under the tail! Best regards, Charlotte Dadswell Previously posted 2012: I have done most of my flying from Goodwood, a beautiful airfield on the south coast of England, and am now based there as an instructor. My Dad owned a 1946 Aeronca Chief when I was a child, so I have wanted to fly taildraggers for as long as I can remember! I learned to fly in a PA38 in 2005, and my first experience of tailwheel flying was in a Super Decathlon, shortly after obtaining my PPL. I later purchased a share in a Falconar F11-3, and completed my tailwheel conversion in this aircraft. I had great fun flying this for several years, and did all my CPL hour-building in it, but sold the share in 2011 after qualifying as an instructor. Flying tailwheel aircraft is what I enjoy most, and I would like to do more tailwheel teaching in the future. We see a lot of tailwheel aircraft at Goodwood, and I always point out the ‘proper’ aeroplanes to my students! It’s great to be part of this group and see the beautiful taildraggers everyone is flying all over the world. Thanks, I love the site! Best regards, Charlotte...

Ashley Anderson    (Texas)

Ashley Anderson (Texas)

Ashley Anderson is based at KDTO, Denton Enterprise Airport, Denton, Texas. I am a CFI at US Aviation Academy. I got my tailwheel endorsement in 2014 thru Middle Tennessee State University where I graduated with an Aerospace Major. I am currently in the Envoy Pipeline Program. I am wanting to find a place in the DFW area where I can continue my love of flying tailwheel....

Tori Ballweg     (Wisconsin)

Tori Ballweg (Wisconsin)

Tori Ballweg is based a KMSN, Dane County Regional Airport-Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin. I am a flight instructor out of Madison, WI. I love taildraggers because they keep you on your toes. But if you can keep up, the world is a whole new, beautiful and more exciting place!!...

Brittney Miculka     (Texas)

Brittney Miculka (Texas)

Brittney Miculka is based at KHYI, San Marcos Municipal Airport, San Marcos, Texas. I have always wanted to be a pilot, even without any flying family members. Thanks to student loans, I was able to earn most of my pilot ratings at the University of Illinois at KCMI. I’m a single and multi-engine commercial pilot and CFI & CFII. I love grassroots general aviation! I have worked at AOPA doing learn-to-fly outreach for 7 years and have recently moved to Austin, Texas to work for Redbird Flight Simulations to build a flight school network. I’ve logged many tailwheel hours, but never consecutively to earn my endorsement. My goal is to get my sign off by the end of the 2015. I have a 10 year old Australian Shepherd who also enjoys flying. I love live music, distance running, and have recently started to train for sprint triathlons. Brittney Miculka Austin, Texas...

Chris Meigs-Owen    (Florida)

Chris Meigs-Owen (Florida)

Chris Meigs-Owen is based at KTPF, Peter O Knight Airport, Tampa, Florida. I have been flying since I was little with my dad but started my serious stint in my early 20’s, all the way to my MEI…then I got my tailwheel endorsement in a J3 cub and all I wanted to fly was DC3’s. I was a flight instructor for a couple of years, then on the the regionals then 737’s. Along the way I met my husband who is an avid taildragger pilot and I started flying T-6, Stearman, C-195, C180, and we bought a PA-12 plus we have a C140 and are buying a V77. I do tailwheel checkouts and instruction and plan to give rides in the Stinson. I have a masters degree in Human Factors and a Masters in Safety, ATP with B737, EMB145, E120 and getting my type in the Citation Excel shortly. We live eat breath aviation….our dog’s name is Rudder! Chris...

Christine Mortine     (Ohio)

Christine Mortine (Ohio)

Christine Mortine is based at KOSU, Ohio State University Airport, Columbus, Ohio. Hi! Aviation is a second career for me. Started eight years ago and currently a full time CFI MEI with a SIC Citation 500 Series. Before piloting I lived in AK for 7 years going up with as many pilots as possible! Few years ago did a week of mountain flight training in CO. Now I am hunting for an aircraft to buy for myself – thinking C180 to beagle to haul people and gear. I have about 3 hours in tail wheel and starting this week with a local instructor to get the sign off. I was a former full time classical musician (teacher, conductor, performer). Love to backpack, kayak, hike, read. Looking for like minded folks and also ways to improve my flying as well as possible ‘dream’ job opportunities. I am a mountain bush pilot want-a-be. 🙂 Christine...

Batelle Rachmain     (Maryland )

Batelle Rachmain (Maryland )

Batelle Rachmain is based at KGAI, Montgomery County Airpark, Gaithersburg, Maryland. I am a Flight Instructor out of KGAI. Photos sent in by Batelle....

Helen Woods     (Maryland)

Helen Woods (Maryland)

Helen Woods is based at W29, Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville, Maryland. I am a Searey pilot and the only lady Searey CFI in the country, possibly the world! I am Searey crazy! Helen Woods...

Michelle Agee     (Indiana)

Michelle Agee (Indiana)

Michelle Agee is based at KMQJ, Indianapolis Regional Airport, Indianapolis, IN. Moved from Rhode Island to Indiana this winter and got checked out to rent at Indianapolis Regional. I intend to get an instrument proficiency check and then hopefully I will be able teach out of there this summer. I love flying taildraggers but do not have my sign off. I want to remedy that in the future and hopefully fly some aerobatics also! Michelle Agee...

Check out Chelsea Stein Engberg’s blog “Go Inverted”

Check out Chelsea Stein Engberg’s blog “Go Inverted”

Here’s an update on Chelsea Stein Engberg, lady taildragger pilot from Santa Cruz, California from her website Go Inverted. Chelsea’s motto is to follow your dreams. In kindergarten she wanted to be a veterinarian, but by the time she saw Top Gun the next year she set her sights on the sky. After numerous letters (written in crayon) to President Reagan about why she thought women should be able to fly fighter jets, she became more and more interested in science and once she started flying in college, she became captivated with aviation. Chelsea recently completed her Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science (with a Human Factors emphasis) and is a currently awaiting a response to her application to the University of North Dakota’s PhD program in Aerospace Science.  As a dedicated aerobatic flight instructor and a competition aerobatic pilot Chelsea spends almost every waking minute of her life sharing her love of aviation and what she’s learned from it with others. Whether it be introducing someone to flight for the first time, teaching an aviation safety seminar, or practicing for an aerobatic competition, Chelsea is constantly doing whatever she can to learn and grow as a person, a pilot and an instructor. Chelsea believes that chasing your dreams in the only way to success and personal satisfaction. With two wonderful parents and an amazing group of family and friends who have supported every idea she has had, Chelsea has been able to not only find, but make her passion her life. Whether it is aviation or medicine, art or culinary creations, Chelsea is convinced that if you have a passion you should follow it – because happiness lies within the things that drive you. Paso Robles Aerobatic Contest 2010 With a fun-loving personality and outgoing and sarcastic sense of humor Chelsea loves to meet new people and share her love of aviation and life with everyone and anyone. She hopes through her flying, teaching and blogging she can help others attain their dreams in a safe, ethical and positive way. Click here to contact Chelsea with questions or if interested in getting flight instruction, ground instruction or seminars. Go Inverted Commercial ASEL & AMEL, Instrument, CFI, MEI, AGI, IGI, CE-500 SIC...

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