Father-Daughter Arrival    (Contest Entry #6)

Father-Daughter Arrival (Contest Entry #6)

Father-Daughter Arrival August 28, 2013 by Brian Lansburgh At fifteen, she’s one of the youngest students I’ve taught.  Predictably, she learns fast.  Couple that with a lot of natural ability and interest and you’ve got a student who is great fun for a teacher. Her father flies and uses his Bonanza for business.  Her mother is taking instruction as well.  Aviation has served as a major influence, binding this already close family with its all-encompassing nature. I give her a hard time about the radio.  Perhaps it’s because she’s so naturally adept.  It has surprised me how quickly that small thumb presses the transmit switch and her transmissions efficiently communicate her intentions to traffic or ATC.  After dealing with so many students who were terrified of that little red button, it’s rather refreshing to see this relatively small part of learning to fly put in its rightful place.  I still give her a hard time because she sounds like she’s twelve years old… I always wonder if others, hearing her squeaky little voice, wonder just who that is in that little Cessna 140. We had just finished a mini cross country to help get her out of familiar patterns for a while as well as to familiarize her with all the local airports.  As we neared our home airport, we heard another aircraft approaching.  Its pilot announced that he was a Beechcraft Bonanza and was five out, inbound.  It was her father.  I nodded at her and she made her inbound call after chirping, “Hi, Dad”. I’d told her mom that I’d text her when we were inbound so she could drive over and pick her up.  I texted, “Both husband and daughter are inbound”. The two were delighted to be in the pattern at the same time.  I was, too.  They discussed who would land first.  When her dad asked what her instructor wanted to do, I wouldn’t answer.  In my opinion, the process of learning to fly is simply the gradual transfer of responsibility from the flight instructor to the student.  This was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate just how much responsibility had actually been transferred.  I would make no transmissions, just a little coaching on the intercom. We were closer and we fly a tight pattern, so it was decided that we’d land first.  Her father’s delight at that decision was evident to me.  It would give him the chance to observe her approach and landing from a great seat in the balcony. She swooped in with a very accurate power-off approach followed by a good flair into a classic three-point landing. I advised her to expedite her roll out because there was a Bonanza behind her. We taxied off the runway but before we headed through the woods to the hangar she made the clearing call. I normally eschew that call because, as I tell all my students, “Ray Charles could see that you’re no longer on the runway.” But this was different. This wasn’t so much “clear of the active” as it was, “ok, Dad, it’s your turn”. Her Dad replied, “Nicely done”. I could’ve wept. I’m such a sap. Happy Swooping, Brian Lansburgh...

Does it get any better?!!

Does it get any better?!!

Does it get any better than this?! Martha Richards solos in 1989 but does not continue and get her private pilot license. Martha Richards’ husband is a pilot, owns a Cessna 195 and invites Martha to fly to the 2013 Lady Taildraggers Fly-in with him. Martha rarely flies with her husband but decides to come to Savannah and see what this lady taildragger stuff is all about. Martha has a great time in Savannah, meets lots of interesting, friendly, “very superior” lady pilots and decides it’s high time she starts flying again. Walk around at OVO First dual lesson since 1989! Martha, we need to talk. I’m thinking J3 Cub, Champ, Tcraft, Luscombe…. not Cherokee 140.  Martha Parshall Richards and instructor Thomas Kieffer And if that’s not cool enough, I’ve heard from several women who attended our flyin who said they…. A) want to get back into flying after a long absence or…. B) are nosewheel pilots who want to get a tailwheel endorsement. Yep, doesn’t get any better than this!!...

Looks like Madeline Norcross is getting awfully close to soloing

Looks like Madeline Norcross is getting awfully close to soloing

Young ladies that passionately want to fly inspire the heck out of me! Something tells me 15 year old Mandeline Norcross is going to have that effect on a lot of people! One thing I happen to know about Madeline is, she LOVES Wacos. Her dad sent me this note and the link to a short video I have to share with you…. “As a proud dad, I couldn’t help sending you a QUICK VIDEO of  Madeline Norcross landing……with no assistance from her CFI.  I was invited to ride along, so I shot a quick video from the backseat with my iPhone. Madeline is 15 and hoping to solo on her 16th birthday.” “We hope to see you again at AirVenture. Safe Flying,” Tracy Norcross...

Lisa Grant     (Indiana)

Lisa Grant (Indiana)

Lisa Grant is is a student pilot based at KGFD, Pope Field, Greenfield, Indiana. Lisa Grant & 1947 Cessna 120 I have been married for 26 years and was introduced to planes through my husband. Almost all if them were tail wheels, which of course I found out were the best and the most fun to fly in. It will be amazing once I get my pilot’s license and can go up on my own. Lisa works at Indianapolis Regional Airport and I was lucky enough to give her a ride in my Rans S7 a few weeks ago. I’ve seen her and husband Mike Grant’s C120 and it’s absolutely pristine. It was rebuilt back in 1983 but still looks amazing. Mike says his favorite things about it are its wheel pants, its metal wings and its Maule tailwheel. I have to agree, put those 3 things into one C120 package and it’d be hard to pass up. Personally, I CAN’T WAIT to see Lisa flying this beauty. It spends a lot of time at my airport, and she and I are going to be doing a lot of flying together, she just doesn’t know it yet!! Go Lisa!!  Judy...

Hannah Elliott     (California)

Hannah Elliott (California)

Hannah Elliott is based at KRNM, Ramona Airport, Ramona, California. HI, my name is Hannah Elliott. I am 17 years old and I am learning to fly in a Citabria. I LOVE IT!!!! I should be able to solo hopefully this month. I am looking to make a career out of flying. I will be a senior in high school this fall. I live in a small town in the mountains outside of San Diego, CA. Thanks 🙂 Hanna Elliott  ...

Madeline Norcross      (Missouri)

Madeline Norcross (Missouri)

Madeline Norcross is based at KSTJ, Rosecrans Memorial Airport, St Joseph, Missouri and was introduced to me by her dad in the following email; Dear LLT, My 15 year old daughter is in the beginning stages of getting her license.  She is CRAZY about Wacos!  She has taken a few lessons in everything from a Piper Tomahawk to a Pitts.  I think she would like to get involved in an organization like yours.  I would like to surprise her with your lunch at Oshkosh on the 29th.  Would it be appropriate and acceptable by LLT to bring her by. Please let me know. Many Thanks ! Tracy Norcross St. Joseph, MO   Turns out that Madeline is a pretty smart girl and found out her dad was setting her up for lunch with the lady taildraggers at Oshkosh. I hear she’s pretty excited and will be meeting us for lunch that Friday. I love your “goal”  Madeline and believe you can make it happen. Can’t wait to meet you at Oshkosh! Here’s the info Madeline provided when she registered on LadiesLoveTaildraggers. Hello! My name is Madeline Norcross. I am 15 years old, and love everything about aviation! I have trained in a Pitts and a Decathlon, and have taken rides in an T-6, BT-13, PT-19, and a RV-8.  I have one love and that is bi-wing airplanes.  There is something about them that I LOVE! They’re old, graceful, and original. My absolute favorite is a Waco. I prefer the old classic Wacos over the redone ones.  I saw my first one at my first airshow. There was a wing walking act that made me want to be just like them. Ever since, I have been an airshow junky and an airport bum. Over the summer I have been working at my local airport just to be around more airplanes. My goal is to solo by 16 and have my license by 17, and an FAA approved fly by at my senior year homecoming following the national anthem. Madeline Norcross Missouri...

Dorothy S Guinn, future taildragger Queen!

Dorothy S Guinn, future taildragger Queen!

Ladies, this is what its all about. Everybody knows our members love to fly and love their taildraggers but witnessing new people …. new women people!!…. getting the bug to fly is so awesome! Here’s a personal story from Dorothy Guinn from Savannah, Tennessee, a non-pilot who came to our LLT fly-in and desperately wanted to go flying. From Dorothy S Guinn’s Registration: You mentioned this is also for students, well today I officially consider myself one. I started the ground school study for sport pilots. I like the ultra lights and my time is very limited. I was at the fly in at Savannah as a local admirer and ended up flying with Patty and Jeff Plantz in the poker run. I have always wanted to fly and actually knew in my heart I would someday. But life has seemed to take me in different directions every time I started to get a license. I am a working musician and the summer time is my busiest time. Therefore I thought I would get the ground school done in what spare time I can muster up, and when winter hits I will get my flying hours needed. I hope to be ready by the time you have your next fly in. I am a self supporting lady with a good life for myself but the expense of buying a plane may have to wait a year or so. But I think it will all fall into place. I have always accomplished anything I set out to do. I can’t think of anything better for my retirement years than to fly around and play some music with my friends.Thanks to Patty and Jeff for fueling the fire for me. I really enjoyed flying and meeting all of the great people at the KSNH fly in. I am on facebook as Dorothy S Guinn if any of you would like to connect....

McKenzie Manning      (Tennessee)

McKenzie Manning (Tennessee)

McKenzie Manning is based at 2M8, Charles W. Baker Airport, Millington, Tennessee. I’m a 16 year old student pilot. I did my first solo on my birthday in December. Learning to fly my grandfather’s Citabria 7GCBC has been such an amazing bonding experience for us. He’s such a great instructor! I hope to get my license on my birthday in December!! – – – McKenzie Manning Tennessee...

Janet Piper     (Tennessee)

Janet Piper (Tennessee)

Janet Piper is based at Sumner County Regional Airport, Gallatin, Tennessee. I am a pilot in training.  Working on my license in my 1967 Cessna 150, but looking forward to my taildragger endorsement so I can fly our 1940 Piper J-3 Cub. –...

Allison Driver     (Tennessee)

Allison Driver (Tennessee)

Allison Driver is based at (KMBT), Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. My name is Allison. I’m fourteen and I live in Murfreesboro, TN. I have been flying for most of my life. My grandfather, Ernest Betancourt, bought a Citabria ten years ago with the intention of teaching my sister and me to fly. My grandad has his CFI ratings. He recently started teaching me and already I have ten hours of formal instruction. My grandad used to have a Mooney but traded it for a Waco. Personally, I enjoy flying the Waco and Citabria better. I’m super excited about getting my license!...

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