Rachel Conklin     (New York)

Rachel Conklin (New York)

Rachel Conklin is based at 06N Randall Airport, Middletown, New York. Pilot Update/August 2016 “Congratulations Rachel on your “sweet” purchase!” I recently became partial owner to a wonderful little Aeronca Champ. She’s a sweet little yellow thing and I can’t wait to get more time in her! I’m now a (very) proud owner to a taildragger. A literal dream come true. Hope all is well in your part of the sky! June 2011 Hello!! I am 19 years old. I started flying gliders in 2006 by joining the gliding club based in Middletown and soloed 2 months later in the Club owned Schweizer 2-33. In September 2008, both my Dad and I obtained our private glider licenses. My dad, a hangglider pilot, encouraged me to pursue aviation as far as I could go. So after winning a generous scholarship from the EAA Chapter 1280, I began training in an adorable Cessna 150. In December of 2009, after bad weather had passed, I added the SEL rating. I even had a lady examiner! Since I ‘grew up’ flying gliders, I was around two taildraggers that towed us up every weekend of soaring. One of the airplanes was the SuperCub, and the other a Piper Pawnee. Once I was training in the C-150, I heard many power pilots talk about how difficult conventional gear airplanes could be. How flying those airplanes was ‘very challenging’. That was enough for me, I had to try it. I was up for the challenge. I began flying with one of the tow-pilots as he towed gliders. These scary conventional gear airplanes used just about as much rudder as a glider did! Getting used to the heel braking was interesting but once I had flown the SuperCub, I was hooked. I was endorsed for taildraggers just last year in December. Now I am a happy tow-pilot who gets to fly a Super Cub! As a new tow-pilot, I’ve only reached 26 tows so far but I plan on flying many, many more. Plus,  you just can’t beat getting all of that practice in take-offs and landings! Being a huge fan of WWII and pre-WWII airplanes, I’ve always loved taildraggers. Due to flying gliders, I know what those footrests are really for! I’d like to add a little bit about my sister. I’m not the only lady who loves taildraggers in my family. My sister saw the website and immediately remarked, “I love them too!” She is 16 years old and a student glider pilot. Although she isn’t a taildragger lady yet, she loves them just as much as I do. She will probably get her tailwheel endorsement as soon as she is able. For now, she is a HUGE fan. This is a picture of her getting to ride in the same SuperCub I fly with the owner Hank Nixon....

From Austria, an update from Conny Paulusberger

From Austria, an update from Conny Paulusberger

From Austria, here’s a picture update of some of Conny Paulusberger’s 2012 flying. This girl adores flying gliders! Watch the pigtails! * “Flying over the beautiful countryside and the lakes of Upper Austria.” * * “I hope you have a great year and wish you many happy hours in the sky for 2013!” “Greetings from Austria,” Yours Conny 🙂...

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...

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...

Sydney Barnes     (Tennessee)

Sydney Barnes (Tennessee)

Sydney Barnes is based at 4TN3, Hawks Nest Airport, Moscow, Tennessee. Hi! I have wanted to learn to fly since about age 6. This is also when I decided I would enter the Air Force after college. Since then, I have only slightly modified my decision: I decided on the Navy and the United States Naval Academy when I was eight. My flight instructors, Jimbob Slocum and Steve Vihlen, recommended  that I register on this site, and when I got on the website, I practically drooled! I am in awe of all of these people interested in flying just like me. I am currently learning to fly a Schweizer 1-26 factory model glider. I soloed in a Schweizer 2-22E. Soon I plan to begin my training as a powered-plane pilot! I am the kind of person that I will always try something at least once.  My dad used to be in the Navy, and he worked in the Pentagon for about 10 years. I am the first (for a couple generations, at least) in my family to aspire to be a pilot. My older sister got jealous that I was doing something and she wasn’t, so she followed me into the air recently. Someday, I want to be just like Jimbob, and own/build my own planes. But I don’t think I will ever be a teacher. Trust me when I say, I would end up strangling one. My dream career: I want to fly the spaceship that lands on Krypton! Well, kind of. I want to be an astronaut. – I am so glad that I could show you a little bit of my experiences in the aviation world. Sydney Barnes...

Kathy Devine  (Pennsylvania)

Kathy Devine (Pennsylvania)

Kathy Devine is based at DYL, Doylestown, PA and flies a Maule MX-7. I’ve been flying since 1992. Started out in gliders and got licensed in 1995 after a slight delay due to giving birth to my beautiful daughter. Started flying in airplanes around that same time after my husband bought a Cessna 140. That plane taught me a lot but we sold it before I could get licensed in it. We purchased a partnership in a Maule Mx-7 (180hp) Taildragger of course. I got my license in that bird. I have around 200 hours combined glider and SEL and to this day only have 1 hour of tri gear in my logbook!...

Pat Ohlsson     (Florida)

Pat Ohlsson (Florida)

Pat Ohlsson is based at 7FL6, Spruce Creek Airport, Dayton, Florida. I started flying in 1974 at Islip Airport, Long Island, New York. Since that time I have had a great time flying and over the years earned Commercial SEL, SES, (Instrument) MEL, (Instrument) Glider, Instructors license and ground instructor. Also ground school for DC8 flight engineer. Passed with a 98%, higher than a friend of mine who worked for Pan American World Airlines for years, and always a personal joke between us, getting a score 11 more than him. I am a Life Member of the 99s International Organization of Women Pilots since 1976 and was awarded the Amelia Earhart Scholarship for my Multi Engine rating in 1983. Recently purchased a 1940 J-3 Cub and my friend Lynn O’Donnell signed me off on my tailwheel endorsement in N30937. Lynn taught in J-3’s at Williamsport, Pa where the Cubs were manufactured and recently retired from United Airlines as a 767 Captain. I’ve owned a 1976 Grumman Tiger, N74359, since February 9,1979 (only owned by a woman). – Currently I am in real estate sales at the Premier Residential Airpark, Spruce Creek Fly-In, Daytona Beach, Florida (east coast of Florida) with Spruce Creek Fly-In Realty. Would love to share information about where we are or just take a look at http://www.fly-in.com/ for the fun of it. Where can you sit or show property as airplanes taxi by your window as you work. I would love to share experiences with other Lady Taildragger Pilots. We are so fortunate to be able to fly. The very best to all. Pat Ohlsson...

Lisa got her Glider rating!

Yep, Lisa Martin is now Commercial Glider Rated! Way cool, Lisa and congratulations from ALL of us. You send the BEST pictures!! It was a great weekend…now that it’s over! I get really stressed about checkrides and to really ice that cake, the weather was not ideal, but I made it. Whew! Flying the Super Cub. The next pictures is Matt taking off for his first flight of his checkride (He Passed, yeah!). Me being wing runner…which means I run along holding the upwind wing parallel to the ground until the glider gets enough speed that the wings start to fly. – – – –   We’ve got snow on the way now. I suppose flying will have to slow down for a few months, but I do have a set of snow skis that we bought this spring that I’ll be learning to fly with – soon as we get some good snow! Lisa Martin...

Lynda Lee LaBerge    (Georgia)

Lynda Lee LaBerge (Georgia)

Lynda Lee LaBerge is based at (GA75) Meadowlark Airport, Concord, Georgia. Learned to fly in a Piper Cub and Piper Pacer. Owned a Globe Swift with a 210 Continental. Flew King Air and Diamond Jets for charter company with my husband. Now operate a glider flight school with my husband and do all of the towing in our 260hp Piper Pawnee. *...

Jeannie Batto    (New Hampshire)

Jeannie Batto (New Hampshire)

Jeannie Batto flies out of Rochester, NH (KDAW) and Lebanon, NH (KLEB). I fly all sorts of airplanes but I like the fun simple mission of an Aeronca Sedan. It has the cool factor of a tailwheel, the Vintage to be antique, and the unique factor that makes people wonder what it is. I fly gliders, tow gliders, and looking forward to teaching. I’m living my dream of being a certified airport bum while maintaining a full time job of flying jets around the world....

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