Destination: Lambert’s Cafe, Sikeston, MO

Destination: Lambert’s Cafe, Sikeston, MO

We haven’t done “Fly-in Destinations” for a while, a serious loss since there are so many incredible destinations awaiting pilots everywhere. How about I give you the scoop on a fun fly-in destination we took today in the RV7 and you tell us about a great destination you’ve been to? Remember, you can create your own picture post in our Facebook ‘LadiesLoveTaildraggers group’ and it will automatically appear here on the LLT website! If you’re not on Facebook, email details and pictures to LadyTaildraggers@gmail.com. If you are flying anywhere near southeast Missouri do not miss the opportunity to stop at KSIK and dine at Lambert’s cafe. Sikeston, MO has a 5500′ hard surface strip that’s just begging for visitors and Lambert’s will pick you up in their van for the 3 minute hop to the Cafe. Come hungry and prepare to throw any diets to the wind. Be forewarned, it’s going to be a fattening day that includes more than a few fried food choices but hey, tomorrow’s a new day. Where else can you order up a plateful of deep fried hog jowl, mashed potatoes and throw in some turnip greens for good measure? I had no idea what hog jowl was till the cute kid that worked at the FBO informed me. He told me the FBO orders Lambert’s Cafe grub for the airport crew once a month and he tries something new every time. The hog jowls were a hit. A VERY fattening hit! Keep in mind, the college age waitstaff will be seeking you out trying to pile on extra sides like fried okra, black eyed peas and home fried potatoes. No room on your plate? No problem. Rolls of brown paper towels are everywhere just waiting to be loaded up with whatever they’re scooping out at the moment. Of course Lambert’s Cafe is known as the “home of the throwed rolls”. Hot yeast rolls right out of the oven are pushed down the isle or just as likely thrown right to your raised open hand. Grab one and someone will soon be by with a big pot of sorghum molasses to drench your new prize. I hear it’s possible to actually DRIVE to Lambert’s but that would take all the fun out of it. The only real way to arrive is in your favorite airplane, hopefully a taildragger. They love pilots so much that even though there are bus loads of people waiting in a huge line to get in, pilots are escorted in the side door and lead to the front of the line. No wait ever for pilots. Ya gotta love ’em! Today was a gorgeous day. Boyd let me fly his new prized possession, his RV7 and I got 3.25 hours playing with all the bells and whistles. Best part by far though – two take-offs – two landings. All pretty darned good if I don’t say so myself....

Flying’s like a trip to the Mall…..says Bill Tracy

Flying’s like a trip to the Mall…..says Bill Tracy

This was posted on our LadiesLoveTaildraggers Facebook group and is just too good not to share on the website. “Flying’s like a trip to the mall” says Bill Tracy and I think you just may agree. Chill out people, it’s an analogy – there’s more to this than the title. Reprinted with Bill’s permission. Yesterday I spent some time talking to Windy throwing darts at our respective wall charts to see where our travels might lead to this coming summer. Somewhere we mentioned the fact that no one can understand how we can fly a 100 miles and make 40 stops. Well last night while I couldn’t sleep I came up with what sounded to me like a very good analogy for all you ladies on how to make your flying more fun. Think of it like a trip to the mall. I know you ladies can’t go to the mall and visit just one store. Airports are like stores. If someone didn’t want you to stop at them they wouldn’t have made them. It’s like stores at the mall, “I don’t need anything, I just want to go in and look”. So as you fly along and see an airport is within say 20 miles you need to check it out. Of course there are several levels on how this all works. First there are the elusive airports/stores that might be off the main street and a bit hard to find or maybe they just no longer exist but that don’t mean that you don’t still take a look to see if you can find them. Now some are like window shopping. You fly over at 500 feet and can see there is nothing of interest so you just do a fly by. Next are the stores that you at least need to stick your head in the door. These are the airports that have a couple of T hangers and you need to at least get down to 50 feet to see in the hangers. Now if you see something in the hangers it’s like visiting the antique store. You just have to stop and go in and look around – this is where you find all the hidden treasures. Then there are the places that have the really good bargains and you can kill the whole afternoon visiting. This is where you find the old guy that is so happy that you stopped that he invites you into his hanger offers you a can of pop and shows you his old champ or T craft that obviously hasn’t flown for a couple of years but he has plenty of how he just rebuilt it (25 years ago) and of the places that he has been and how maybe next week he will get it out and go flying again. Then there is the super store where you find the courtesy car and get to go into town for some ice cream. The short version of this is Wife leaves the house at 10AM to get a loaf of bread. Comes home at 5PM with a new pair of shoes that she swears were 50% off puts them in the closet with the other 25 pair that she has never wore and says by the way I was to busy today to get to the store for bread guess we will have to go out for supper tonight. LADIES NEXT TIME YOU GET THE URGE TO GO SHOPPING, FLY TO A NEW AIRPORT INSTEAD HERS – HIS – OTHERS...

Judy’s flying adventure week begins at the Midwest LSA Expo

Judy’s flying adventure week begins at the Midwest LSA Expo

Did I mention I’m off work next week – all 7 days of it – till Monday, Sept 16?! It’s called PTO, “paid time off”, the absolute best way to be out of work! My decision to take the week off was rather hastily made. I woke up a few days ago at my normal 5:11 a.m. and cringed once again at the darkness. Have you noticed the days are getting shorter – it’s darker in the morning and getting dark much earlier in the evening. Summer is coming to an end and I’m not ready for it. And I had PTO to use up so I figured, “Why wait- get in your S7 and fly somewhere – anywhere!” The Women In Aviation “Airplane Wash” looked like a tremendous success today! So my week-long adventure started yesterday, flying from Indy KMQJ to the Midwest LSA Expo at KMVN, Mt. Vernon, IL. I didn’t arrive till after 5:00 pm and I have to say, it didn’t look like a whole heck of a lot was happening initially. There were a few vendor tents set up and a few LSA aircraft displayed but the crowd was light at that point. The FBO kindly hosted a BBQ for everyone with music by “the next best thing to Jimmy Buffett this side of Key West”. He was pretty darn good but we needed some airplane noise too! It turned out to be a great time to check out their 1500′ grass strip. Nobody flying but me and I had a blast shooting touch & goes as the sun started to set. Today, Saturday, was a fabulous day at the Expo with LOTS of people flying and driving in. The sun was shining, the wind was light, and there were people who just looked like they would love an airplane ride. This local Mennonite family surprised me when I saw them ALL inspecting this beautiful Highlander. Mennonite – airplanes – is that even possible? Troy Woodland, designer of the Highlander aircraft, was there showing it off and demonstrating short field approaches & landing, but at this moment the airplane was quietly parked on the ramp. There was a young mother and father and what appeared to be their 7 children. (SEVEN!!) I was curious about them because they were so interested in the airplanes and I assumed flying was something their religion would forbid. I’m so happy I struck up a conversation with them because they were a truly lovely family and I learned so much; it is the Amish who cannot drive cars or fly airplanes. The Mennonites do drive cars and both the men and women can fly. And what I thought was 7 children turned out to be 6 children and the children’s 19-year-old teacher. I offered the family a ride in my S7 and the young lady, the teacher, jumped at the chance. She told me when we were flying that her father is a pilot and she’s learning to fly in a C172. How great is that?!! The Mennonite father also has his PPL/COM/INST ratings. Sure am glad I went to Mt. Vernon, IL. It’s a beautiful airport with a wonderful restaurant and lots of friendly locals. Stay turned, you’ll be hearing a lot more about this centrally located airport very soon! So what’s up for tomorrow for me? My next stop is Tullahoma, TN to visit LLT pilot Sharon Tinkler and her Luscombe at her airport home!! Get ready Sharon, here I come!!...

Home from Gaston’s OK18 Fly-in

Home from Gaston’s OK18 Fly-in

Kate and I flew home from Gaston’s Airpark at Mountain Home, Arkansas yesterday. I delivered her to 3EV, Evansville, IN, then flew the last 160 miles back to Indy timing it perfectly between 2 areas of weather. Of course I indoctrinated Kate in ALL aspects of flying including the joys of refueling. As you can see, she’s getting very comfortable around the S7! We managed to get in lots of airport stops, all new to me, some quite challenging, and along the way expanding my comfort zone. Hills, rivers & lakes are everywhere and I kinda hated leaving it all behind for the flat lands of Indiana. Gaston’s, 3M0, is a great stop for anyone, anytime of the year, with or without a fly-in awaiting you. Stop in and you might even see this beautiful albino peacock and all its albino plumage.  ...

Flying with the Ohio Bush Pilots

Last week when Bill Tracy posted on Facebook, “This weekend looks good for supper at Butler Ohio. Anyone interested in flying in?” I had to give it some serious thought. After all, it’s 4 hours round trip in the S7 and even though I love to fly, I love it best when I’m not flying in a straight line! But the chance to fly to a beautiful grass strip in eastern Ohio and meet up with a bunch of the infamous 🙂 Ohio Bush Pilots turned out to be too good to pass up.   So, with the Boydster in tow, we headed east getting bumped up and down and looking for that sweet spot where the quartering headwind would be just a little less painful. That didn’t really work out but you can’t blame me for trying to shave a couple minutes off a flight. Turns out when you’re having a good time 2 hours can slip by pretty quickly. I lost track just how many beautiful older and newer taildraggers flew in to the 3000′ private grass strip in Ohio …. and nary a nose-dragger in the bunch. If you like Scouts, Carbon Cubs, Super Cubs, Piper Pacers, Piper J-5s and Rans S7s you’d have been in the right place. With 10+ airplanes flying in from distances of 25 miles to over 200 miles you’d think everybody would filter in a few at a time. Not so. We all seemed to converge on the tiny community called Butler in a few short minutes. That part was great and must have even surprised a few people on the ground because when we departed after lunch several families came out to see us off. I picked the right day to fly with the Ohio Bush pilots because the girls came close to out numbering the guys for a change. Most of the ladies aren’t pilots but that’s OK – they were having a good time flying with their boyfriends & husbands, something we all know a lot of women won’t do. AND, one lady taildragger pilot who did attend was Jamie Swihart who flew helicopters until recently and now owns a beautiful Piper Pacer with her husband. There’s a bicycle trail that runs right by the airport which makes it a quick, scenic and easy walk in town. The really wonderful part of the walk is the remarkable glimpse you get of this tiny town. You hear people say all the time, “it felt like I stepped back in time” but really, I felt like I stepped back in time! Seeing ‘Mail Pouch’ on this old barn did make me stop admiring the walk and start watching where I stepped for a few minutes. 🙂 Wish I’d had a little more time to explore but the great old barn wood and foundations kept me interested both directions. *. After departing I did a little flying with the Tracy’s checking out the rolling hills of eastern Ohio.     And it just wouldn’t have been right to fly that close to John Graham’s strip and not stop by and check it out. It’s a beautiful airport that anybody would be envious to own. I will say that people with their own strips have always been a mystery to me; so much work, so much money, how do they find the time to fly? I still don’t have the answer to that but I do know that not many people fly more than John does, Whatever the answer is, he knows it.   There were many highlights to this great day, but one of my favorites was coming back to the airport and finding this tshirt on the front seat of my S7. I had to laugh! It must be official – surely this meant I’m an official Ohio Bush pilot now?! Wouldn’t you guess? I ran Bill Tracy down – I ran John Graham down fishing for an answer. “Am I really an Ohio Bush pilot?” “Isn’t there some kind of induction ceremony?” Isn’t there some formal affair that everybody’s coming to so I can accept?” And that answer I’m still waiting on....

Amal Ajmi says “Happy Spring!” from Alaska

Amal Ajmi says “Happy Spring!” from Alaska

Hi all, spring has FINALLY come to the interior and with the lengthening days comes………..you guessed it, SKI flying!!! I am very new to this area of aviation (20 hours), but found a primo tie-down spot this year that allows me easy pull-in and pull-out capabilities. My 5’2” 115 lb., little person frame, (having no issues moving my bird around on tundra tires in the summer) is constantly pondering why I become so weeny during snow season…..it finally dawned me….skis are a little DIFFERENT! Anyway, have been able to put more hours on skis this year and just came back from my first weekend trip up north. Figured I would share. My friend has a homestead just north of the Yukon River. I have flown in a few times in the summer for a day of fly-fishing or a weekend getaway. This year I decided to try some winter fun. I also thought it might be nice to bring in sweet treats, fuel and some building materials for my buddy, the homesteader, in exchange for past delights from his summer garden here in town. First things first, the flying was amazing. Had to wait a day to get in due to low visibility, but both in and out flights were spectacular. Some pictures while I flew about show you my definition of SEVERE CLEAR. The White Mountains were boldly bedecked in sparkly winter attire. It is amazing and humbling to realize while you are flying around, just how small you are……I was always looking for critters, trying to affirm that I was not the only life in that big space, sometimes you forget in winter when things seem asleep beneath the white blanket of snow. Moose tracks here and there, but nothing popped out this trip. I tried to imagine the chickadees and grosbeaks flying around below me going about their lives…Only when I landed and shut the engine down did I truly hear them along with the local gray jays and ravens. Landing!!!! Yes, am sure I am not THE ONLY one to make this mistake, but I was fortunate in that it was easily corrected, fun and immediately laughable!!! Laying tracks is fun, and I love doing it. Unfortunately, I have only practiced this technique 2 years running in an empty, lightly-weighted bird. What I didn’t realize was that I was so heavy this time and that the snow was pretty warm…..yup you guessed it, one minute I was floating along, the next, whoomp!!! Hmmmmmm, ok, I shut her down and was immediately grateful it was not worse. My buddy was watching me in the nicely stamped down tie down spot he had made for my bird, came over and said “why ‘d you do that?” Speechless, I just said “HI”. Anyway, we dug her out and snow-shoed a nice packed path to the tie down spot. I started her up, moved her over, tied her down, put all her covers on and tapped her cowling to say “Thanks for being patient with me”. It took about 2 hours, and man was I hungry after that! Dinner was chicken, veggies and pasta with homemade pesto that I made for him last fall. Yum-eeee. The next day we snow-shoed a nice packed trip for the bird to use when I left. Lots of fun and my buddy’s dogs (he has 35+, yes he is a musher) decided to help out. Another 2 hours and we were happy with the results and then went off to have some fun looking around the  homestead. The packed strip was fabulous the next day when I left. There is something so calming about being away from the road system. The quiet is so profound, I hear my heart beat. The world slows down, no phones, no stress, no nothing…… The stars twinkle so brightly, dancing in a deep black sky seemingly happy to have a clean unpolluted canvas to shine in….Sounds travels differently, you can actually hear a jay fly and perch nearby on a branch, watching you, hoping you have some sort of food you are willing to “accidently” drop. You hear wildness; you feel it, if you try just a little….. My favorite thing is to wake up in the middle of the night to wolves howling, but I will take a dog team any day. It is so seemingly eerily sad…but a shared contemplation of the feeling lessens the rawness somehow……in that all the dogs engage in this activity…all sing……so maybe it is more a longing. Whichever it is, it is lovely, and the dogs gifted me with 2 nights of it!!!! I envy my buddy his seclusion. He has a simple life and I find it amazing. I left the homestead and flew back home, tied the bird down and covered her up, got caught in traffic on the drive home, turned on the lights, took a shower, nuked some dinner and then went to bed…something was absent……I missed the howls that night and woke up to my refrigerator hum turn off….rolled over and dreamed of going back up to the homestead next weekend. 🙂 Amal Ajmi, PA-11 Fairbanks, Alaska...

Join Jill & Judy at Mike’s OK18 AT Gaston’s Fly-in

Join Jill & Judy at Mike’s OK18 AT Gaston’s Fly-in

Ladies, come on down to Arkansas this May! Jill Tallman and I will be heading for the “2013 OK18 Taildragger Fly-in at Gastons” the weekend before our Lady Taildraggers Fly-in. Jill’s planning on flying from Maryland to my home airport, MQJ, Indianapolis, on Thursday, May 23, then we’ll both depart for Gaston’s at the crack of dawn Friday morning. If Wx looks iffy for Friday, maybe we’ll try for Thursday. Mike’s Gastons fly-in is May 23-25 and the BIG day is Saturday for what looks to be a VERY cool Poker Run. Come to Indy and join the gaggle to Gastons. We’ll have a blast, I guarantee you! If Indy isn’t on your way, we’ll see you at Gastons! Here’s the link to details posted on Supercub.org.  Mike’s OK18 @ Gastons Camp with your taildragger or share a girls cabin at Gaston’s. Send me an email or post a comment if you’re thinking about coming along!...

Louise O’Grady     (Australia)

Louise O’Grady (Australia)

Louise O’Grady is based at YBLA, Benalla Airport (BLN), Benalla, Victoria, Australia. My first ever flight was in a Chipmunk, when I was an Air Cadet at 13! Well before my first flight, I had a fascination with aviation. I am not really sure where it came from, as none of my family or friends where involved in Aviation. Amy Johnson was from my home town, Hull, Yorkshire UK. I use to walk past her statue in Hull city centre, and she fascinated me! I took up gliding when I was 23 and shortly afterwards I did my PPLA. I didn’t do a great deal of ‘noisy’ flying as I called it, as gliding was my first love. I really didn’t find flying with an engine much fun really, it was noisy and bumpy, and to be honest, pretty boring. About 1.5 years ago, I got my Tailwheel endorsement, which I did in a Supercub VH-CUB. A very expensive endorsement it was too, as I eventually bought a Supercub with my partner Tim. VH-HFT.  I have qualified as a glider tow pilot and I now fly the Pawnees and the Scout. Flying tailwheel’s are so much fun, and challenging! So after discovering ‘Tailwheel’s’ I no longer find flying with an engine boring! I have met so many great people since flying tailwheels and I have had so much fun! I have recently returned back from a trip with the Australian Antique Aircraft group, we flew from Melbourne to Perth – return. It was a fantastic trip, a holiday of a lifetime! My ambition is to fly Supercubs in Alaska, on Ski’s and floats and do some bush flying. There is so much to learn, and so little time! Maybe I will get to meet some of you taildragger gals out there! Louise O’Grady Lou’s Cross-country flight Across Australia...

Carri Eve Hoagland hopping rides in Wisconsin!

Carri Eve Hoagland hopping rides in Wisconsin!

Here’s something that proves the power of ONE. Carri Hoagland sent in this wonderful post that should motivate us all to share our love of flying. “We had our little community Fall Festival and Fish Boil recently (Wisconsin’s largest). On a spur of the moment my son-in-law and I made a couple of crude signs Saturday morning and put them up in our little town of 450 souls. I parked the plane in a hay field complete with hay bales about a half mile from town. Well pretty soon my daughters were keeping track of folks with a waiting list of fifteen to twenty at a time.” “We had an ice cream pail with a slot for donations to their sister’s (my daughters) scholarship fund. Erica was killed racing at Reno in 2008 and is still sadly missed by lots of people. Well one day stretched into two and when we got done I had flown fifty to sixty people, many for their first plane ride, kids as young as 4 in their mothers laps and ten Young Eagles.” The little girl in the red T-shirt is my 18 month old granddaughter “Needless to say I was tired with that much concentration and a “not too smooth” field. The whole thing just harkened back to the old days of barnstorming and was so wonderful that we will be doing it next year, with a few more planes I hope. They will all have to be taildraggers naturally as those other planes won’t work in the rough hay field LOL.” My daughter and granddaughter, Lauren.  Both granddaughters love to fly! All I hear is “GeeGee fly?” (my name to them) from both of my granddaughters.” Thanks, Carri Hoagland Iron River, Wisconsin...

Woman Wise Airmanship Adventure Participants

Christina Chapman’s list of speakers and instructors for the July 16 – 22 Woman Wise Airmanship Adventure is turning into an amazing list of Who’s Who! It’s going to be another great week of flying the Idaho back country this year and an event you should think seriously about participating in. Christina says “What a line up for the ladies this year!” so let’s introduce them. Wayne Handley (speaker) http://www.waynehandley.com    Rich Stowell (Master instructor & well known for EMT–emergency maneuver training, spin/stall and aerobatics) http://www.richstowell.com/   Jeanne MacPherson (Master flight instructor specializing in mountain flying, emergency maneuvers and spin training) and a member of LadiesLoveTaildraggers! www.mountainairdancellc.com   Paul Leadabrand (Kitfox specific mountain, tailwheel and sport pilot training), Stick & Rudder Aviation. http://stick-rudder.com/   Rich Bush (Backcountry flight instructor expert)   Women Wise Airmanship Adventure 2012 July 16 – 20 (Level 1) July 18 – 22 (Level 2) Smiley Creek Lodge & Airstrip, Idaho Check out the link for details https://www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com/woman-wise-airmanship-adventure-2012/...

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