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...

Sarah Rovner from Texas

Sarah Rovner from Texas

Sarah Rovner is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, Texas. Flying is my passion. I mostly fly Cessnas and I fly a lot with Civil Air Patrol. I enjoy doing charity flights with Angel Flight. I recently obtained my instrument rating and my next goal is my commercial and CFI. I want to eventually get into competition aerobatics and fly at airshows. I got my tailwheel endorsement about 6 months ago and have been doing training in a Super Decathlon to develop an aerobatic routine. I also have quite a few hours in a Citabria. I am hoping to eventually become a name in aviation! Thanks! Sarah Rovner...

Stephanie Deckro     (Illinois)

Stephanie Deckro (Illinois)

Stephanie Deckro is based at KSQI, Whiteside County Airport, Rockfalls, Illinois. My day job is interior design and have owned my own design business since 1993.  I always wanted to learn how to fly. So in 2005 I signed up for the ground class at the local community college.  I started flying in a Piper Warrior and received my private pilots certificate later that year. I completed my instrument rating in 2008. Then in 2011 I was given a ride in a Piper Cub. It was such a thrill!  I love the freedom of flying and the taildragger seemed to bring that freedom to a new level. Later that year I was endorsed in that Piper Cub. Since then I have enjoyed flying in a Super Cub, Cessna 140, Cessna 185, Cessna 195, T6 SNJ-5 (Texan) and deHaviland Beaver (DHC-2). I really enjoy landing on grass strips and the watching the beautiful sunsets from the sky.  Now I’m flying a Cessna 140 and loving it! Stephanie Deckro Illinois...

Patsy Meridith     (Tennessee)

Patsy Meridith (Tennessee)

Patsy Meridith is based at 0A9, Elizabethton Municipal Airport, Elizabethton, Tennessee. I’ve fallen in love w/ flying!!  I’m 62 and got my private in 2009, my instrument rating in 2010, my commercial in 2011 and my taildragger endorsement just a few weeks ago.  My husband and I just purchased a Just Aircraft Highlander (factory is in Wahala, SC).  I’m a newbie at taildragger flying, but have over 700 hours in a Piper Warrior & Archer. I fly out of 0A9 Elizabethton, TN (northeast corner). Our dream is to fly across the country in our new taildragger, so we’re very excited to meet others who’ve had that experience.  So glad to get to come to your fly-in.  Sounds like a lot of fun!!  See ya’ there! Patsy Meridith...

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...

Colleen Keller     (California)

Colleen Keller (California)

Colleen M Keller is based at KSEE, Gillespie Field Airport, San Diego/El Cajon. I got my private pilot’s license in 1992 after several flights in Navy jets as a civilian analyst convinced me that I wanted to be a pilot. While I was “too old” to join the US Navy to fly, I quickly found that there is a lot of commonality in all types of flying and it was great fun. While still a student, I purchased a 1971 Cessna Cardinal RG (*nosedragger*) in which I got my instrument and commercial tickets. I also went to night school for my A&P mechanic’s rating to better understand what I flew. Shortly after graduating from A&P school, I bought a partially completed Steen Firebolt project with the hopes of building a fire-breathing biplane for aerobatic competitions. I also took tailwheel instruction in a little 100-hp Citabria on my home field, and flew my “graduation flight” in a 1947 Stearman owned by my instructor. I was so hooked after that…the project was not going along fast enough, so I sold it and bought a flying Steen Skybolt and flew it back from Tennessee in September 2009. I’ve put about 120 hours on the Skybolt to date and have been taking aerobatic instruction with the intent of competing in IAC contests. I’ve also completed an extensive rebuild of the aircraft, which I call the Red Tumbler, including a complete engine overhaul after a loss-of-oil-pressure incident which resulted in a dead-stick landing into a local airport. The engine work was done by me with Adult Oversight and is something I am particularly proud of. I enjoy every minute of every flight in the Red Tumbler, whether its going 5 minutes away to practice spins, pattern work, or a cross-country flight for lunch with friends. I’ve never felt such freedom as I experience when its a warm summer evening, marine layer moving in over the coast, and the setting sun just lights up the plane’s red starburst colors. I have the wind in my hair, I can smell the cut grass below me, and I am playing among the mountaintops. This must be heaven. Colleen Keller...

Helen Brennan     (Ohio)

Helen Brennan (Ohio)

Helen Brennan is based at OH15 , Minerva Airport, Minerva, Ohio. I have been flying since 1993, progressing through the customary 152’s, 172’s and Cherokees.  Back in those days (has it really been 18 years already?), ground schools were always full of student pilots and the flight school planes were booked weeks in advance.  That led to the first airplane purchase, a Piper Cherokee, which was a kind, gentle airplane.  There were many great flights exploring the region, supporting every eatery within walking distance of any airport and taking friends and relatives for rides.  But there was more to flying, more purpose and more benefit which led to a satisfying several years of being a Search and Rescue pilot and DEA pilot for the Civil Air Patrol.  Those years honed the skill of flying low and slow in all kinds of VFR weather over frequnetly inhospitable terrain, often never in the same aircraft twice and with many different faces on board.  Even as the hours mounted in my logbook, the experiences became invaluable. These experiences led to wanting to hone more skills, try new things, and what better way to do that than to get a tailwheel endorsement!  After searching as many sources as I could, I finally accepted the fact that I could get the training and ultimately the endorsement, but would not be allowed to solo the airplane – insurance stipulations I was told. Determined not to be discouraged, in 1997 I bought N43759, a 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D.  She had a recent fabric job but was all white, except for the oil streaks on her belly from the engine and the fuel stains down over her cowling.  So while the A-65 engine was being overhauled, I designed some color graphics for her.  She got a new interior, new tires, new paint on all metal parts, new tailwheel and a new pilot – me!  I was fortunate to have a great tailwheel instructor who made sure that I was as comfortable on concrete as on grass. Since then, the little white plane and I have had many adventures together, seen many places, met many new friends, and continue to share the skies and chase clouds when we choose.  I took a break in 2007 to get my IFR license and another in 2008 to get my Commercial license and am now studying for my CFI written exam. I am looking forward to meeting all of you lady taildragger pilots and hope to see you at Moraine in August! Helen Brennan...

Linda Moody     (Massachusetts)

Linda Moody (Massachusetts)

Linda A. Moody is based at KASH, Boire Field Airport, Nashua, New Hampshire, has her instrument rating and is now doing training in a 1947 J-3 Cub. Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented or fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be?” I have been flying now for six years. I started a little later in life than most. But I always wanted to fly and ever since I was a kid I always loved airplanes. Then I got to a place in my life where I had a little less responsibility. I did not have anyone to take care of, and I wanted to see the world from the top. It is a whole different world up there—it’s beautiful. I have my private pilot’s license, instrument rating, and my complex endorsement as well as the experience of flying two transcontinental women’s air races (Air Race Classic 2008 and 2009). I have given talks on the air racing experience and have developed more and more skills needed to produce aerial videos. I have made a video of the Air Race Classic 2009 and other flying experiences. I am a visual person, having trained as an architect, and the flying develops more visual sensibility. I would like some day to become a certified flight instructor. I am working on my tail wheel endorsement right now. In the last few years I have participated in the Ninety-Nines Treasure Hunt, winning second place in 2009 and coordinated the 2010 Poker Run. I have served as the Eastern New England Chapter secretary for the past three years. I have tried to introduce other women to the Ninety-Nines and acted as a mentor to student members. I own a Cessna 172, which is based in Nashua, NH and fly it often. I am doing my tailwheel training now out of Hampton Airfield in Hampton, NH in a 1947 J-3 Cub....

Marie Beaver     (Texas)

Marie Beaver (Texas)

Marie Beaver is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, Texas. I learned to fly in a 1939 Piper J-3 Cub in 1992.  Completed my license in a Citabria.  Have owned a Pitts S-2B, 2 Globe Swifts, Bonanza (obviously, no tailwheel), Wilga, Scout, and currently a Maule on bush wheels.  I fly taildraggers because I love the challenge and they look really cool. I’m married and fly for ExpressJet Airlines in the EMB-145. We live in our hangar/home at Hooks airport.  We love backcountry flying in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. Here’s my photo book from our trip to the backcountry.  Enjoy!  Marie\’s Photo Book...

Jennifer Treese     (Arizona)

Jennifer Treese (Arizona)

My name is Jennifer Treese and I live in Tucson, Arizona and fly out of the Marana Regional Airport (AVQ). I’ve been flying for just over three years now and received my private in July 2008. I started tailwheel training in January 2009 in a friend’s RV-6 but didn’t finish my training because the plane had to go back to Oregon where her parents live. I finished my tailwheel endorsement in June of 2010, this time flying an Aeronca Chief that my flight instructor had access to. Shortly after this I started working on my instrument rating and wasn’t doing much tailwheel flying. There are no flight school in Tucson that have tailwheel training or anywhere to rent! Last August, right before my instrument checkride my flight instructor and friend passed away in an aircraft accident and although I didn’t stop flying, I didn’t have access to the Chief anymore. That is, until recently. A couple friends just bought a 1946 Cessna 140 and we created a type of flying club for the three of us. The plane is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to fly! I just recently finished my checkout in it and I am so excited to fly it all the time! Finally, I have a taildragger to fly! I’ve also flown a 1941 Piper Cub and a P-51 Mustang, “Betty Jane”, which was awesome! In addition to flying the 140 now, I am working on my commercial certificate and just finished my masters degree in Aeronautical Science. Jennifer Treese...

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