Elaine Kauh     (Wisconsin)

Elaine Kauh (Wisconsin)

Elaine Kauh is based at (KRYV) Watertown Municipal Airport, Watertown, Wisconsin. Taildraggers inspired me to start flying! My first airplane ride was in a beautiful Stinson. I was hooked before the engine even started. Before I began my flying lessons, I got many rides in taildraggers and helped restore a Piper Pacer. I did my private pilot training in a C152 (as taildraggers were unavailable for this). After I got my license, moved to a new area and found an airport to call home, I earned my tailwheel endorsement in a Citabria. And that’s all I flew until I decided to pursue more training. Now I am a flight instructor teaching in a variety of aircraft including a Citabria Explorer. This is my favorite airplane on the field; it’s a joy to fly. And helping pilots become “real pilots” is so rewarding! As an instructor, it’s great to see pilots expand their stick-and-rudder skills. As a pilot, I just love to share the fun of flying taildraggers. What a thrill to see so many women flying all these wonderful airplanes! Elaine...

Jeanne MacPherson    (Montana)

Jeanne MacPherson (Montana)

Jeanne MacPherson is based at (KHLN) Helena Regional Airport, Helena, Montana. I am recently retired from Chief of the Safety and Education Bureau, Aeronautics Division, Montana Department of Transportation. I coordinated air search operations, promoted aviation education, and taught mountain flying for more than 15 years. I am now flight instructing in Montana with my company “Mountain Airdance LLC”. Prior to working for the State of Montana, I was a freight pilot and flight instructor. I am a commercial pilot and CFII with SEL, MEL, and SES ratings. I am member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) as well as the FAA FAASTeam, and have been trained in the Emergency Maneuver Training Program developed by Master CFI-Aerobatic Rich Stowell. I was greatly honored in 2003 with The EAA Freedom of Flight Award (the Experimental Aircraft Association’s highest achievement award) for having flown more than 3,400 Young Eagles.   Jeanne MacPherson and Student  I now fly a Super Decathlon and soon my husband and I will own a Cessna 180. This is a very nice site. Thank you! Jeanne Mountain  Airdance llc Website:  http://www.mountainairdancellc.com/...

Lisa Volk  (Canada)

Lisa Volk (Canada)

Lisa Volk is based at (CPM5) Volks Aerodrome, Ontario, Canada. Lisa operates the ground &  flight school at Volks Aerodrome. I’ve been flying since 1984, built my own Murphy Rebel and painted it.  I fly taildraggers cause I love that they look sleek and neat!  I am an instructor on tailwheels at GoldenEagleFlightSchool.com. Check out Lisa’s webpage at Golden Eagle Flight School...

Allison Wheaton    (Indiana)

Allison Wheaton (Indiana)

Allison Wheaton is based in Angola, Indiana. Hi there, I grew up flying taildraggers & love love love that you’ve got a group together to share stories. 🙂  Those crusty boys get to have groups, nice that there’s one for us too. 🙂 My first solo was in a Super Cub, then my dad got a Cessna 170, which I loved dearly.  I received a grant from college which I used to buy fuel & my dog & I flew it across the country & back camping along the way. After college I went down to FL for flight school in nosedraggers for a couple months then taught @ Brown’s Seaplane Base in Cubs on floats for a year & a half. Then I went to Seattle & flew floats for Kenmore, taught in the Super Cub then flew the Beaver on the line, way fun.  Each spring I would return to help Brown’s during Sun n Fun, where I met my boyfriend & then moved to Fort Wayne. Now I get to fly recreationally, which I really enjoy & do friends’ flight reviews, which usually provides some tasty payoffs. 🙂  We have a Maule which is on floats in the summer, wheels in the fall/early spring & skis in the winter (which is lasting longer than I’d like right about now…).  We also have a Cub that is on tundras in the summer & skis in the snow. I’ve been very blessed to have aviation in my life & enjoying sharing it with others.  We do a lot of rides for Young Eagles & people in our community.  Good will goes a long way in combating airplane noise… Aviation provides a wonderful perspective on the world that I think more people should see.  Especially when experienced from a classic (classy) taildragger. 🙂 Thanks, looking forward to reading more about other gals & hopefully getting together. ~Allison...

Caroline Allmark    (UK)

Caroline Allmark (UK)

2/6/11 I received this update from lady taildragger pilot, Caroline Allmark, and congratulations are in order – we have a new UK flight instructor!! Just a little update for you. I now have a flight instructor rating and have a part time job. Im doing AOPA Aeros course too to then lift my restriction and do aero trial lessons. These will initially be on Fournier RF6 and Slingsby Firefly (which are nose wheel aircraft) but once experience and confidence is gained I can convert into Stompe, Boeing,  Stearman and Tiger Moths!! Now that will be exciting. Hope u r flying lots too. It’s a bit windy in UK at moment 20 g 35 so not much this weekend. Caroline ****** October 9, 2010 Caroline Allmark is based at Wolverhampton Airport (EGBO) West Midlands, UK and flies a DynAero CR100. “I hold a frozen ATPL and just starting the flight instructor course whilst looking for my first pilot job.  I have experience is Operations and cabin crew but still really want to be flying more often.  Someone I know has recently bought a Dynaero CR100 and I love flying that aircraft – it’s so much fun.  I have done some aeros but not yet completed a course.  That is the next stop after completing my FI course!!” “I have just started the Flight Instructor Course and part of the course is to give a presentation on a flying subject I am interested in so I am currently researching tailwheel aircraft for my presentation.” From PilotFriend.com, “The CR100 is a high speed aerobatic aircraft which doubles as a spacious two seat tourer. Built using a blend of traditional materials and Carbon Fibre it remains easy to build but gains the advantages of modern composites.”...

Ann Elsbach     (California)

Ann Elsbach (California)

Ann Elsbach is based at Murray Field Airport (EKA) Eureka, California and Palo Alto Airport (PAO) Palo Alto, California. I’m so happy to find you all! I started flying in 1973 in a 1943 L-2 Taylorcraft. I bought my first airplane in 1974 in Elizabethtown, KY and flew it home to CA with a little under 100 hours in my logbook. With another 100 hours I would have realized what a crazy thing it was to undertake, however the trip was great fun. The aircraft had one working brake, a faulty compass, and what later turned out to be a cracked wing spar. But I made it back, and the wing spar was spliced right away. I learned a lot on that trip! Since then I have flown about 12,000 hours, the majority in tailwheels. I got my CFI in 1976 and still love to instruct, especially in taildraggers! My second plane was an F-19 Taylorcraft and my last was a ’54 C-180 which I bought in 1985 and sold two years ago. Such a loss!! To my surprise, I have instructed in 14 different makes of tailwheel aircraft with a total of 41 different models; I just counted it up a few days ago. My current flying mission is to work with anyone in the US who is transitioning to tailwheels and needs to learn to fly his/her tailwheel competently/safely. I am happy to fly to wherever to fly whatever with whomever. 🙂 Such fun!...

Sneha Harish     (Uganda)

Sneha Harish (Uganda)

Sneha Harish is based at HUKJ, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa and is now a charter pilot & CFI. February 2012 Updated pilot info at https://www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com/new-charter-pilot-cfi-sneha-harish/ Sneha was previously based at Komatipoort Airport (FAKP), Komatipoort, South Africa. From 2010 post…… Hello ladies! I am a 21 year old pilot. I am originally from India. I would be lying if I said I’ve been passionate about planes ever since I was a little girl. Truth is, nobody in my family was in the aviation field and I only decided on becoming a pilot when I was 18 years old and just out of school. So I chose a profession that quickly became a passion! I headed to South Africa at the age of 19 to obtain a Commercial Pilot’s License. I held a frozen ATPL by the time I was 20. By then, I realized that I did not want to get into an airline at that stage and wanted to be a ‘bush pilot’ and fly something that would fit into really short, challenging strips. (Africa has plenty of those! 🙂 One thing led to another and I got myself a tail dragger endorsement in a Bush Baby. (Z010) It was ‘love at first flight’ with that tricky little tail dragger and before I knew it, I began getting a lot of time on it. I am 21 now and an instructor on the Bush Baby in South Africa and absolutely love it! I fly out of Komatipoort airfield (FAKP) in South Africa in the vicinity of the Kruger National Park. We fly purely for fun at the school here. (Safety still being our first priority, of course.) All of my students have been men so far (as young as 15 and even younger at 60!) ;). So, still waiting for that elusive first female student that wants to learn how to tame a tail dragger! I enjoy instruction a lot. Not only because I get to teach someone else but also because one gets to learn so much. One of my instructors used to say, “To teach is to learn twice.” I used to just nod in agreement back then, I now KNOW what he really meant. We also do tourist flips over the Kruger National Park. I am an animal lover and thoroughly enjoy spotting wildlife from the air! 🙂 When I flew the Bush Baby for the first time, I understood what people meant when they said, “Tail dragger flying is ‘real’ flying.” It keeps you interested and attentive with little surprises every now and then! And every landing is different from the other. Especially if you make that transition from a nose wheel to a tail wheel. I absolutely love flying nose wheeled aircraft as well. I enjoy flying ANYTHING for that matter! 😉 But this little tail dragger will always hold a special place and some day when I have lots of hours, I want to get an Ag-rating and do some crop spraying! (South Africa has no women crop sprayers, it would be nice to be the first one!) I have hitched a couple of rides in jump seats with crop spraying pilots and absolutely loved the experience. I also worked for a month under a very experienced crop spraying pilot, learning about the elaborate and extremely challenging process of aerial crop dusting. But for now, the love affair with tail draggers continues! My boss suggested this website to me. He’s also an instructor and builds Bush Baby aircraft. He ONLY flies tail draggers. This is such a cool website! I am chuffed to join all you lovely lady pilots! 🙂 Thanks a million for accepting my registration. It is really a fantastic website! A refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill stuff! It’s a huge pleasure to be a part of the awesome team! Great job!!...

Haylee Furlong    (Virginia)

Haylee Furlong (Virginia)

Haylee Furlong flies out of Warrenton Air Park, 7VGO, Warrenton, Virginia as well as KHWY & KHEF. I’m a CFI out of an airport inside the Washington DC SFRA. I’m a CFI, but working on my tailwheel endorsement. Even after I get the endorsement I plan to fly the Champ often. The novelty of getting to land at the 15 grass strips in the 15 nm radius of my home airport is unreal. As a professional CFI teaching in Diamonds with G1000 cockpits, etc. it’s awesome to do “real” flying in the Champ. The stick and rudder skills exercised for the TW Endorement are unmatched. It’s refreshing to be taking instruction rather than giving it! Thanks! My CFI told me about your website 🙂 Haylee...

Lorraine Morris    (Illinois)

Lorraine Morris (Illinois)

Lorraine Morris is based at Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, Illinois. I started flying in 1980 and started flying taildraggers in 1987 when I met my husband.  He had a 1950 Cessna 140A that he had learned to fly in, so he taught me to fly again (in the 140A) after not flying for 5 years before I met him. We have kept the 140A and I think I will go before it goes as it has been in the family since 1968, but other taildraggers have come and gone, including a bunch of Cessna 140s, a 150 taildragger conversion, a Spartan Executive (Ken’s Mistress), a Commonwealth Skyranger, and a Culver Cadet. All of these we bought as some form of basket case and fixed up or restored to flying condition. We are working on another Cessna 150 tailwheel conversion right now as that is the plane I had a lot of fun with.  The early 150s with the straight tail and straight back are the best when converted using Cessna 140 gear. I fly the B-777 for United right now, and started an interior business about 15 years ago.  I sew and install complete interiors for people, preferably in old airplanes.  My husband Ken is an A&P and IA so between the two of us we do lots of complete restorations for ourselves and others. We got our DC-3 type ratings, and that also allows us to deliver all kinds of planes all over the US.  I have to say it is always a team effort! Thanks for the great website! Lorraine Morris...

Sarah Patten    (Virginia)

Sarah Patten (Virginia)

Sarah Patten is based at KHWY,Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Warrenton, Virginia and owns a Cessna 120. I started flying in 1999, just before my senior year of high school, at 17N in southern NJ. I loved my lessons so much that I juggled three part time jobs in addition to school just to afford them! I earned my PPL in December 2000 and spent several years after that working every aviation job I could find. I worked as a line girl at a flight school, then later worked in their shop as an assistant to the school’s mechanic. I learned a lot about aircraft systems by actually working on them, and hope one day to earn my A&P. I also spent several years working in the office of a busy skydiving school. Hugging my plane in Kansas the day I picked it up  I earned my CFI in 2006, and shortly thereafter had the opportunity to take a job as Chief CFI and office manager of a small flight school. It was a lot of hard work and was certainly a learning experience! I loved instructing and some of my former students are now among my closest friends. In 2008 I was hired by the FAA as an air traffic controller, and in early 2009 I moved to northern Virginia to begin training at the Potomac TRACON. It’s been a LOT of hard work, but I love my job! I hope to be fully certified sometime in the next month or two; once I’m done training I’m hoping to return to flight instructing part time. At KAOO (Altoona, PA, also on the flight back from Kansas) Last year I had the opportunity to buy a 1947 Cessna 120. I absolutely love it!! The previous owner took fantastic care of it and I plan to do the same. My mechanic and I picked it up from Oxford, Kansas, last August, and spent several days flying it back to the East Coast. It’s been a blast flying around the beautiful scenery of northern VA, and I’m looking forward to many more happy hours in the air!...

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