Tanya Griffie     (Washington)

Tanya Griffie (Washington)

Tanya Griffie is based at KTUS, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona,  KPAE, Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) and S43, Harvey Field Airport, Snohomish, Washington. I am originally from Lynbrook, NY but I currently split my time between Tucson, AZ and Seattle (Everett), WA. I have been flying for almost 5 years and am a flight instructor with my CSEL, CSES and CMEL ratings. I love to fly and find myself becoming grumpy when I do not fly enough! I always found taildraggers to be just incredible and beautiful aircraft. They were always the ones performing the mesmerizing loops and spins at the air shows I attended as a kid. Today, anything that improves my skills as a pilot appeals to me, and what better way to improve upon and gain even more respect for flying airplanes than to learn to fly a tailwheel? It has been incredibly fun to fly and land on grass (an actual soft field!), and really experience an aircraft that seriously requires the use of rudder pedals! My only regret is that I did not have the opportunity to do this sooner! I have only had the chance to fly an Aeronca Champ so far but plan to be climbing into a Cessna 185 soon – and am hoping there will be many more to come! Thanks so much for the warm welcome on Facebook! I look forward to hopefully meeting some of the ladies in this group sometime in the near future!! Blue Skies! Tanya Griffie...

Olson Fenwick     (Idaho)

Olson Fenwick (Idaho)

Olson Fenwick is based at D28, Tanglefoot Seaplane Base, Cavanaugh Bay, Idaho. From my first introductory flight in 1988 I was hooked! I still have my first plane we bought that year, a Lake Renegade. My husband soon bought me a beautiful 450 Stearman for flying aerobatics. * Today, I enjoy flying the Back Country of Idaho. I am very proud to be both a lady seaplane and taildragger pilot. * We have Tanglefoot Seaplane Base on Priest Lake, just a walk away from the Cavanaugh Bay grass airstrip, 66S. Fly in and visit! We Rock Girls! Olson Fenwick...

Sue Tholen     (Maine)

Sue Tholen (Maine)

Sue Tholen is based at KSFM, Sanford Regional Airport, Sanford, Maine. New pictures from Sue Tholen! …. Actually, they’re not new at all and I owe Sue an apology. She sent me these 2 great Super Cub pictures late last summer and they got buried in my emails.  I’m sorry Sue. This just proves it – I need a new picture filing system!! Sue has CFI and CFII, Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea ratings. Posted 4/14/11 ……………………. “I was amazed to find your website – not many women pilots around, much less taildragger pilots.  I only got into it after our flight school owner got a Citabria.  I was a brand new CFI and didn’t want to be left out of the fun of the new airplane, so I made myself try it out.” “Took me a while to master it – it really does make you a better pilot and doesn’t let you get away with bad habits or lazy feet — but I quickly fell in love with the airplane and tailwheel flying in general. Now I’m on a grass strip hunt.  Maine’s pretty good in that regard…..” Sue is a flight instructor at Southern Maine Aviation....

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...

Tia Robertson     (Georgia)

Tia Robertson (Georgia)

New pictures from Tia!! Tia Robertson is based at 5GA4, Air Acres Airport, Woodstock, Georgia. I earned my private pilot license in a Luscombe 8E March 8th 1981. A few days later the Luscombe and I were on our way to the Sun-N-Fun Fly-in! I continued to build time and add an instrument & multi-engine rating, commercial, CFI and a few years later was flying Jetstreams for a commuter in Atlanta. A few more years and hours and I was hired by Eastern Airlines. I went out on strike in 1989 and was later hired by United Airlines where I progressed from the engineers seat of a 727 to the right seat of a 737-200 then 757 and 767. In 2001 I took an early retirement to spend more time with my young family. I was a 737-500 Captain at the time. My husband and I have a Cessna 195 that we have had for 16 years and a Taylorcraft that has been with us for 29 years. I love taildraggers because they just feel right! I wish I could make it up to the Dayton Fly-in but my youngest will be going off to college next week and I have much to do! Tia Robertson From Judy: I left a note on this beautiful 195 at Oshkosh after I heard a woman had flown it in. You know I’d give my eye teeth for a beautiful 195! When I heard it belonged to a woman it made my day.  OK, she shares it with her husband but all the better…. he’s got to be one happy guy. They’ve got a 195 and his wife loves to fly it!! Unfortunately, Tia left me a message they were heading out before I could meet her but she did register on Ladies Love Taildraggers. Thanks Tia!...

Kim Ewing    (Georgia)

Kim Ewing (Georgia)

Kim Ewing is based at Gwinnett County Airport (KLZU) Lawrenceville, Georgia. I began flying in 2006, right after I graduated from high school. My aunt and uncle own and operate Bermuda High Soaring School in Lancaster, South Carolina and I learned how to fly in gliders with my uncle as my CFIG. After that, I was definitely “bitten by the bug”. At the time, I was attending college in SC, but I transferred to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University down in Florida to pursue flying as a career! In the summer of 2008, my aunt and uncle purchased a 1965 Aeronca Champ (7GCA). Its 150 hp and a blast to fly. I earned my taildragger endorsement and have been in love with that little airplane ever since, flying it every chance I get. I am a CFI and MEI and a commercial pilot w/ single engine land, multi engine land, single engine sea and instrument airplane ratings. I also have my private in gliders, and hope to earn my CFIG soon. My eventual goal is to fly the big jets for the airlines, but my roots will ALWAYS be in “real” flying, tailwheel flying!! 🙂 My fiance occasionally does photo flights in the 210 and if my schedule permits I am lucky enough to tag along and grab some photos of my own! This shoot was in November 2010 down at Homestead ARB in Florida with the Geico Skytypers and the Blue Angels!! Definitely an amazing opportunity to be there for that! I just can’t say enough how happy I was to find your site!! Please include me on it, I can’t wait to meet more like minded lady pilots!! Also, I flew the 2010 Air Race Classic representing Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and am dying to do it again in my Champ if at all possible!! Now if I could just find a partner…..!! 🙂 Blue Skies, Kim...

Lisa Haag    (Texas)

Lisa Haag (Texas)

Lisa Haag is based at Covey Trails Airport (X09) Fulshear, Texas and flies a Stearman and Cessna 140. “I have my Commercial, Instrument, Multi, and Single Engine Land and a Commercial Single Engine Sea rating.” I got my taildragger sign-off 10 years ago in our Stearman N2S3, and I also have a Cessna 140. I have flow a little bit corporately, but mainly just fly for fun. I live at a grass runway airpark outside of Houston, and I love it. I also put on the ‘End of the Season’ Stearman fly-In in Jennings, LA, with the help of the city....

Tracy Salmi     (Texas)

Tracy Salmi (Texas)

Tracy Salmi is based at 44TE, Shirley Williams Airport, Kingsland, Texas. * Tracy Salmi with her Cessna 170 Neil Salmi and I were married in January and we have bought a hangar home on 44TE in TX. I sold my home and hangar in KS. Still have the C170.  Am a CFII multi engine instrument  land /single engine sea. I enjoy flying and the people that fly and build airplanes....

Bobbi Boucher  (Virginia)

Bobbi Boucher (Virginia)

Meet Bobbi Boucher,  A&P, IA, & CFI based at  Shannon Airport (EZF) Fredricksburg, VA and builder, pilot and owner of this RV-4. This white, pink and gold RV-4 pictured was built and test-flown by Bobbi Boucher over a period of six years – all 14,820 rivets; no quick-build for this girl!  The plane first flew in January 1998 and has since accumulated 402 hours.  N2QT is powered by a 160 horsepower Lycoming O-320 turning a fixed-pitch, wooden,  two-blade propeller by Aymar-Demuth. Bobbi knows her engine inside and out – she built it up herself. Bobbi holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with ratings for Single and Multi-engine Land and Seaplanes, and is also a Certified Flight Instructor. She started out flying sailplanes, and first soloed in 1973. She spent six years in the Navy working on P-3s, which enabled her to get her Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Thanks to the Navy, she was also able to get her Flight Engineer rating. Bobbi also went to Africa, at the request of the World Wildlife Foundation, to build and fly a Beaver RX 550 ultralight aircraft for the Foundation. She has also done a firewall-forward Lancair 320 and has built a Super Lancair ES with an IO-550 up front. Bobbi has flown her RV-4 in five AirVenture Cup races, making her the most experienced female pilot and solo pilot in AirVenture Cup history. Bobbi says her RV-4 is featured on page 18 of Kit Planes, May 2010 issue.  She also signed up for the Air Classic too!  Bobbi can be reached at her website, The Plane Doctor....

Anne Wright     (Michigan)

Anne Wright (Michigan)

Anne flies a PA18 Super Cub out of Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Michigan. Anne Wright meeting friends at a grass strip in Michigan for lunch I earned my PPL in Sept. 1995 and got my seaplane rating in Feb. 2009. About 800 hours, almost half in my Super Cub which my husband bought for me as a surprise in June 2002!  I mostly fly locally, Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin but sometimes venture a bit farther.  How far do you really have to go for ice cream??! This next picture was taken at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base, Feb. 2009, when I got my seaplane rating in a Cub on straight floats. I’m in CAP, EAA Chapter 1190 (Adrian, MI), AOPA, Michigan FAASTeam & Women in Aviation (Yankee Ladies Chapter at Willow Run).  Occasional BBQs at my hangar, too. Above and below at Empire, MI, with a bunch of Stearmans on their annual Fly Lake Michigan tour....