Coby Sena’s flight to Copalis State Beach Airport, Washington

Coby Sena’s flight to Copalis State Beach Airport, Washington

Here’s an adventure flight we should all figure out a way to make happen! Thank you to Coby Sena for sending in her pictures and describing her wonderful flight up the coast from San Jose, California to Washington state. And who knew Washington has a beach runway – that’s legal? This past summer I flew my husband and two friends to the Seattle area to visit some other friends. We made the trip in a beautiful Cessna 180. One of the highlights of the trip was landing at Copalis State Beach Airport (S16) just before sundown. Copalis is the only beach in WA where landing is legal – possibly in all the lower 48. It is simply a stretch of beach with a windsock at each end. It is an official airport run by the WA Department of Transportation (for info http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/AllStateAirports/CopalisBeach_CopalisState.htm). Since this airport is also a public beach, I had to overfly the landing area first to make sure the beachgoers got out of the way before we landed – there were a few surf fishing from the landing area. Not something I need to do everyday! I also had to check the tides before planning our landing time. It was an awesome adventure – right up with beach landings in Baja! Oh, in addition, I passed my CFI exam in October and am now teaching part-time at AeroDynamic Aviation at Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, CA. Coby Sena CFI  ...

Jessica Stearns     (Florida)

Jessica Stearns (Florida)

Jessica Stearns is based at KAPF, Naples Municipal Airport, Naples, Florida. I learned to fly a PA-18 in 1956 and have been flying since; 56 years on Aug 27th. I was in The USAF for 20 years – Transport Navigator for 5 years and Pilot for 15 years. Flew for People Express and Continental Airlines for 16 years. Capt. Retired but actively flying my PA-J3 and other TW airplanes. (RV-7 & 8)  I belong to the FL Cub Flyers and we have great monthly fly-outs. Also a GFII & G and instruct in gliders and tailwheel airplanes. These were taken last Oct. at the Antique Airplane and FL Cub Flyers Flyin at Grass Roots, FL. It was a fun day and 7 hrs. RT flying in my J3. * Cheers, Jessica...

Adina Premo     (New York)

Adina Premo (New York)

Adina Premo, Starduster Too “Picture Update”! Adina Premo is based at Griffiss International Airport (KRME), Rome, New York. * * Previous post of February 4, 2011: I own a 1946 Aeronca Champ (my favorite) and a Starduster Too Bi-plane. I work as a flight instructor in upstate NY. My love for airplanes started at a very young age – both my father and late grandfather are pilots. Flying is as important as the air I breath.  I am so excited to learn more about your group of women taildraggers!...

Heather Zulkanycz     (Alaska)

Heather Zulkanycz (Alaska)

Heather Zulkanycz is based PAFA, Fairbanks International Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska. I am a CFI commercial ASEL, AMEL and love taildraggers and floats. There is nothing better then flying taildraggers on floats here in Alaska!...

Valerie Vaughn      (Texas)

Valerie Vaughn (Texas)

Valerie Vaughn is based at KLVJ, Pearland Regional Airport, Houston, Texas. I learned to fly in 1999 in a Cessna 152 and by 2000 I was flying Citabrias and a Cessna 170. Since 2006 I’ve owned a Wittman Tailwind. I really enjoy taking trips in the Tailwind and have flown it all over the Southwest and up to Wisconsin. The Tailwind is a great traveling machine. It is easy to cover several hundred miles for a weekend trip. In 2009 I received a CFI and am currently an active flight instructor in the Houston area. My day job is in engineering. Flight instructing has been a rewarding experience to see students progress from never having been in a small plane to getting their private pilot license. The aviation community has been great to me and I’m proud to be a part of such a close knit group of people with a common (obsession?) love. I’m active in the EAA, Chapter 712, in La Porte. I’ve done a lot of work on my plane and still learning to be a better mechanic. Thanks, Valerie Vaughn...

Judy Phelps     (California)

Judy Phelps (California)

Judy Phelps is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California. I am the co-owner of CP Aviation, a flight school located in Santa Paula California. I am a CFII and specialize in Tailwheel and Emergency Maneuver Training. My career in aviation began while working at the local airport restaurant where I met my husband Clay Phelps who owned the flight school next door. This was the beginning of an amazing journey and a life changing experience. – In 1999 I earned my Private Pilot Certificate and in 2003 I became a Flight Instructor. I own a variety of taildraggers starting with my favorite a Pitts S2B. In August of 2011 I flew my first airshow, something I thought I would never do. I also fly Decathlon’s, Citabria’s and a Cessna 180. – – It’s official, I am now a part of Ladies Love Taildraggers! Judy Phelps, Master CFI-A, CFII Vice President CP Aviation, Inc www.cpaviation.com “2011 National CFI of the Year”  ...

New Charter Pilot & CFI, Sneha Harish

New Charter Pilot & CFI, Sneha Harish

WOW …. I received the following email from our very own lady taildragger pilot, Sneha Harish, formerly based in South Africa.  If you’ve frequented LadiesLoveTaildraggers for a while, you’ll surely remember Sneha because she LOVES to fly, loves to instruct in Bushbabys, bubbles over with excitement in her flying adventure updates, and happens to be one beautiful little lady. Here’s Sneha’s email – along with some great pictures – and it’s one AMAZING story. Keep reading, but I should tell you that I only know “Howard” through this blog and haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him or Sneha – yet! Judy “I am writing to tell you once more what an absolutely wonderful job you have done with the website! I have my own little selfish reason in saying so this time around though! I am now a charter pilot and CFI in Uganda, East Africa. And you will never guess how I found this job! Or how the job found me! One of your acquaintances/friends, Howard Davenport (and his girlfriend and now my colleague, Sanae Ishitani) found me through Ladies Love Taildraggers! 🙂 This is a job I hadn’t applied for even! He just found me on the site, wrote to me saying he’d like me to fly for them, I packed my bags, left South Africa and here I am! How amazing is that?! It’s been 2 months now and I am thoroughly enjoying it! We fly out of Kajjansi Airfield which is on the shores of gorgeous Lake Victoria. LOTS of flying and it’s a beautiful country! Howard flies a Great Lakes and a Bucker (upside down mostly!) and those are the only taildraggers here. We are looking forward to the arrival of a Chipmunk in the near future. Howard has a little message for you. He said he wants me to quote him in this exact fashion. ‘Judy, thanks to your website I found a darn good pilot to fly for us here!’ A BIG thank you from me too, Judy! I got to make it to the USA soon to fly with you and the rest of the fabulous women out there! Until then, Here’s to lots of time in the big blue yonder!” Cheers! Sneha  ...

Andrea Eldridge     (California)

Andrea Eldridge (California)

Andrea Eldridge is based at KCNO, Chino Airport, Chino, California. FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  Assistant Editor Warbird Digest magazine.  Former Trans World Airline pilot. My husband built this 1947 Luscombe for me and now we are restoring a Luscombe Phantom from the Golden Age of Aviation! – Andrea Eldridge FAA Designated Pilot Examiner  ...

Mary Ann Dach     (Wyoming)

Mary Ann Dach (Wyoming)

Mary Ann Dash is based at KWRL, Worland Municipal Airport, Worland, Wyoming. Our family just moved here to KWRL. I am not a taildragger pilot, in fact all of my time is in tricycle gear. However, when I found this website, and found out that almost everyone here in WY has a taildragger plane, I signed up to get the updates and just learn. In CA it is more of a boutique-y thing  to fly taildraggers. I am currently looking for work here and when I get something I want to get my tailwheel endorsement. Reading the website updates is a big encouragement to get it going. In the mean time it is fun to see what the other ladies are doing. Aviation has been in my blood since 1983! I have enjoyed doing all sorts of aviation related jobs/experiences too many to name here but my flight instructor blog has it all http://right-rudder.blogspot.com Finding this website seems to be the perfect place for me to learn and stay connected to this new community. Mary Ann Dach...

Sue Tholen     (Maine)

Sue Tholen (Maine)

Sue Tholen is based at KSFM, Sanford Regional Airport, Sanford, Maine. New pictures from Sue Tholen! …. Actually, they’re not new at all and I owe Sue an apology. She sent me these 2 great Super Cub pictures late last summer and they got buried in my emails.  I’m sorry Sue. This just proves it – I need a new picture filing system!! Sue has CFI and CFII, Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea ratings. Posted 4/14/11 ……………………. “I was amazed to find your website – not many women pilots around, much less taildragger pilots.  I only got into it after our flight school owner got a Citabria.  I was a brand new CFI and didn’t want to be left out of the fun of the new airplane, so I made myself try it out.” “Took me a while to master it – it really does make you a better pilot and doesn’t let you get away with bad habits or lazy feet — but I quickly fell in love with the airplane and tailwheel flying in general. Now I’m on a grass strip hunt.  Maine’s pretty good in that regard…..” Sue is a flight instructor at Southern Maine Aviation....

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