The Wonderful World of Obsession

The Wonderful World of Obsession

This is about the wonderful world of obsession as it relates to one lady taildragger pilot. And mind you, not just any obsession. By definition, obsession is a state in which someone thinks about something constantly or frequently in a way that is not normal. Seriously? A lady taildraggers pilot not normal? Well just maybe. Obsession is a crazy thing but lady taildragger pilots do not obsess about the usual run of the mill obsessions like… germs (heck no) cleanliness (no way) superstitions about lucky/unlucky numbers (better things are calling us) blurting out obscenities (ok, maybe this one) washing hands excessively (how else ya gonna get all that grease off) putting things in order…over…and over…and over (no – don’t think so) No, those are not our thing.We may be obsessed, but germs, cleanliness and order are probably not at the top of our list. We’ve got way more important, way more obsessive things to worry about. Taildraggers! As an example, I offer you one very obsessive, very dynamic, very taildragger obsessed lady, Terri Hull. Now that’s a fleet of taildraggers for sure! And if 3 taildraggers isn’t obsessive enough, Terri is type rated as captain and flies SIC on the Citation XL for NetJets as a day job. Talk about living and breathing airplanes, Terri is one of my favorite people that truly does it all. One more awesome lady taildragger pilot I’m happy to say is a member of our organization....

Gayla Maas     (Texas)

Gayla Maas (Texas)

Gayla Maas is based at 50F, Bourland Field Airport, Fort Worth, Texas. I learned to fly with Edna Gardner Whyte in her Cessna 120. I bought a Cessna 140A not long after soloing Edna’s 120. I’ve been hooked on taildraggers from the beginning! After a several year hiatus from flying, (life happens), I recently bought an RV6, so I am looking forward to more fun and new adventures....

Test hop pix

Test hop pix

Author: Cathy Testing one, two – testing. Far away and close up pix....

Karen Kalishek     (Wisconsin)

Karen Kalishek (Wisconsin)

Karen Kalishek is based at KGRB, Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, Wisconsin. I began flying at the mid-century mark, got bitten by the aviation bug and have become increasingly passionate about flying over the past 8 years. Only a few weeks into lessons I discovered a deep attraction for antique aircraft and earned my tailwheel endorsement with ink still wet on the private pilot license. There is just nothing like the feeling when the tail comes up! After working through instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, multi-engine and MEI, I am finally in the process of transitioning away from work that required extensive business travel and into flight instruction as a new career. Much less money, much more soul satisfying. I own an RV-6 which is not an antique but is certainly a sweet taildragger.    ...

Ladies love to fly taildraggers!

Ladies love to fly taildraggers!

The ladies are out there everyday, everywhere, doing what they love and proving ladies really do love taildraggers! Aune Price (Illinois) Pilot Profile Amy Gesch (works for Wipaire Inc.) Cathy Page (Arizona) Pilot Profile Jan Johnson (California) Pilot Profile Casey Erickson (California) Pilot Profile Diana Votaw (Missouri) Votaw Aviation Pam Fowler (North Carolina) Pilot Profile  ...

Cathy Page: 8 Random things I love about my taildragger

More Random things the gals love about their taildraggers!  Cathy Page flew her RV6 all the way from Tuscon, Arizona to Savannah, Tennessee for the Lady Taildragger Fly-in so there’s not much doubt there’s plenty random things she loves about her fast little RV. #1 It humbles me, daily. #2 Once in a while I get it just right and that landing feels so good. #3 It looks cool, even in the hangar sitting still. #4 I don’t need an “anti-splat” ad on. Yes they make them for the nosewheel version of my plane. #5 Tailwheel time got me into my first 135 job. #6 I am a more disciplined pilot due to the TW. #7 Easy to park. #8 It’s mine!  ...

Cathy Page    (Arizona)

Cathy Page (Arizona)

Cathy Page is based at Ryan Field Airport, (KRYN) Tucson, Arizona and flies an RV6. I found out about your site from my friend Summer Martell who flew her Student Prince out to Ohio from West Washington last summer for the LLT fly in. Looking forward to meeting some as time goes on. I may even be able to piece together coming out to the fly-in coming up next month, if the stars align. Maybe even find a willing passenger to share the adventure. – Thank you,  Cathy Page RV6 in Tucson (KRYN)  ...

Dianne Hart     (South Australia)

Dianne Hart (South Australia)

Dianne Hart is based at Port Lincoln Airport (YPLC), South Australia. I learnt to fly around 20 years ago in an Australian built Skyfox (similar to a Kitfox) not realising that it was one of the more difficult of taildragger aircraft to land. Eventually I mastered it and still absolutely love the challenge of landing that particular aeroplane. My husband Michael and I purchased a 60 acre property near our coastal home town of Port Lincoln in South Australia where we constructed airstrips and a hangar/house in which to live and house our aircraft. As our love of flying increased so did our fleet of aircraft – all taildraggers (real aeroplanes) with different purposes. I found our 4 seat Piper Pacer always a challenge to land – it kept me on my toes (literally). We flew all over Australia in it and to many faraway places landing at several gorges in the Australian outback and the Northwest Kimberley region. It was great fun touring and sightseeing in it. The Pacer was replaced when Mick built our RV6. I helped with interior outfit and designed the paint scheme. When a locally owned Corby Starlet came up for sale (an Australian designed home-built) that became ours too. It is a small single seat recreational aircraft in which I learnt to perform aerobatics whilst being coached by radio from the ground. Any mis-managed manoeuvre was sure to get the adrenaline flowing. Another interesting aircraft to find a home at our property “Skypark” is a home-built Blanton Wichawk (small version of a Stearman). It is a biplane with side-by-side seating and open cockpit. I enjoy the wind in the face flying and Mick loves it for aerobatics. Our son James also flies and is building a Pitts S1 Special.The latest additions and probably the best of all taildraggers are the J3 Cub and 90 hp Super Cub. When the Super Cub was in need of some renovation and re-covering of the fuse and tailplane I was introduced to the art of rib-stitching the fabric covering. Port Lincoln is a wonderful place to be able to fly as it has a temperate climate all year round and great coastal scenery with beautiful white sandy beaches on which to land. Flying “tail waggers” is a bit of an individual skill that I find many men are not even game to take on. But I love it, and if asked what is the aircraft I like to fly best then I would have to say it is the Cub. Dianne Hart And thank you to Philip Jones for the introduction to Dianne and these comments:  Di is an active member of a family that lives, eats and breathes aviation. Husband Mick is the president of the local equivalent (Sport Aircraft Association of Australia) of the EAA. Their son James is just as heavily involved and currently building a Pitts S1 after helping his father with the restoration of the SuperCub and the construction of the RV.  Between the 3 of them, they own a Piper J3, a 95 hp SuperCub, an RV6, a Corby Starlet, a Blanton Wichawk, as well as several ultra lights. On their 55 acre property (Skypark) at beautiful Port Lincoln in South Australia, they also house numerous aircraft for some of their local aviating friends, with approximately 14 aircraft on the property. Every two years they host a fly-in for up to 40 aircraft and a sit down meal for 120 people on Saturday night. When she is not flying, Di rides a Honda Goldwing with husband Mick riding shotgun on his Harley....

Stephanie Wells  (Colorado)

Stephanie Wells (Colorado)

Update from Stephanie “My RV-6 is very basic and turns 20 this year, with about 1300 hours on it, and it still looks and flies great.  BTW, I’m building an amphibian – pic attached – also a taildragger.  Hopefully it will fly this spring, and I hope to take it to Oshkosh and land in and camp at the lake.  Won’t be doing the ARC this summer – it’s a pretty expensive proposition!  Maybe in the next few years I’ll get a chance.  Stephanie” ******* March 5, 2010 Stephanie Wells is from Colorado and is based at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (KBJC). I got your link from Gail Schipper, up in Longmont, CO.  We definitely do have some lady taildragger pilots here in Colorado.  I have an RV-6, a perfectly fast aerobatic sweet-flying airplane. (But I did not build it – I am the 4th owner).  I have a total of about 850 tailwheel hours, including PIC in Luscombes (8A and 8E), Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, CE-170, Champ, Pawnee, Cassutt, Stephens Akro, and Smith Miniplane.  Gotten a chance to fly more fun stuff like a Pitts and Stearman.   Wish List: DC-3, Beaver, P-51.  (sigh…) RV lovers, eat your hearts out!...

Marta Perez de Segura    (Argentina)

Marta Perez de Segura (Argentina)

Update January 17, 2011: Scroll down to see link to article about Marta  Newest Pilot Update January 14, 2011: 1/14/11 Congratulations to former student pilot Marta Perez de Segura who sent this email from Argentina, “Tomorrow I will be a pilot”! “Next week I will be a pilot. I study in a Cessna 152. My husband and I own a Vans RV6. We feel so good in the air.  We live in La Pampa, Argentina. I have studied for 8 months, because the nearest airport is 98 km from here so we went every weekend there. I am 50 years old and flying is the best hobby I could  ever have.” “See you. Bye. Marta Perez  (everybody calls me Nancy)  ...

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