Karen Croskell     (Colorado)

Karen Croskell (Colorado)

Karen Croskell is based at CO8, Silver West Airport, Westcliffe, Colorado. August 2016 Update (And Karen, we hope you get to the next LLT fly in too!) I am back into flying again with our Aerotrek 220. It is 500#s lighter than our Super Cub was so it takes some getting used to, especially with flaperons. Turbulence? You can feel a rabbit fart! Hope to FINALLY get to some LLT fly ins! Original post 2012: “As a retired (early @ 52) airline pilot, 19 years @ USAirways I THOUGHT I knew how to fly but it wasn’t until we bought our first plane, a Piper Clipper (1991) that I REALLY learned how to fly! We have airplanes off & on (always TW!) since then and gliders. My husband & I met flying gliders. We had a Steen Skybolt for a while and we have had 2 Super Cubs. The Super Cub is our favorite!   (From Karen) Our 2010 Super Cub Flight to Oshkosh….. (Hubby) Trey flew the first leg in our 1956 Super Cub. We were headed for the big airshow “Oshkosh” in Wisconsin once again. In 2009 we took Chapman and his good friend Bryce and it is becoming a yearly event with more boys every year. We take turns flying and driving the support van with all the camping gear. Our Cub barely has room for a toothbrush! Trey had the Cub all fueled up for Karen and Jeff’s leg. Jeff wanted to wait in the Cub for Karen but her “mom” instinct kicked in and she made everyone go to the van for a snack. Moments later we heard the explosion, ran around the corner to see our Cub engulfed in flames. A turbine Thrush (cropduster) took a short cut across the parking ramp. Never saw our little Cub over that big long nose. Both aircraft were a total loss, the cropduster pilot survived with burns. The cropduster came up from the right rear, the only door, we never would have seen it coming. His propeller came to rest in my seat. After 6 years I’m now coming out of retirement to be a contract CFI for the USAF. We live @ Kelly Airpark, you are all welcome to fly in to visit! Karen Croskell Take a look at Karen’s YouTube video. This is one accomplished & motivated lady!...

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....

Mary Alverson     (Minnesota)

Mary Alverson (Minnesota)

Mary Alverson is based at KSGS, South St Paul Municipal Airport-Richard E Fleming Field, South St Paul, Minnesota.  I own a 1969 Super Cub. It is on floats from May-Nov. I have a seaplane flight school in St. Paul and Brainerd Mn – Wings Over Water Seaplanes Training. Because it’s on floats during the summer, my tailwheel flying is in the winter so ski flying with my Brainerd friends is my favorite winter activity. I love my Cub. It is the best purchase I have ever made!!...

Lori MacNichol-Gregory     (Idaho)

Lori MacNichol-Gregory (Idaho)

Lori MacNichol-Gregory is based at KMYL, McCall Municipal Airport, McCall, Idaho. I soloed in a 1946 Champ in 1981 and obtained my private pilots license in 1982 in McCall, Idaho. I soon became a commercial pilot flying as an air taxi pilot in the Frank Church Wilderness in 1989. I now specialize in teaching mountain/canyon flying in tailwheel A/C and every kind of make and model A/C. I founded Mountain/Canyon Flying Seminars in 1997. Flying and teaching in tailwheel aircraft is my favorite type of flying. I like addressing off pavement landing areas that include side hills, doglegs, dips, and steep gradient landings within confined areas to minimize risk while flying in this unique environment of the mountains and canyons. The courses I put together integrate fight training and ground school delivering the special type of airmanship skills and knowledge needed to operate safely in the unique environment of the mountains, canyons and jungles of the backcountry across the world. I fly every type of aircraft from twin turbines to piston from general aviation to military aircraft, conventional gear or tri-cycle. Lori MacNichol-Gregory President/Owner McCall Mountain Canyon Flying Seminars LLC www.mountaincanyonflying.com...

Brenda Kroening     (Wisconsin)

Brenda Kroening (Wisconsin)

Brenda Kroening is based at New Richmond, WI (KRNH). Hello again! I’m now based full time out of New Richmond, WI (KRNH) to be near my awesome mechanic Craig and the fun social scene at the KRNH hangars. Farming and paralegal work still pays the bills, but I’m always looking for a chance to be ‘up’ when time and weather allow. Nothing beats aviation therapy and the fellowship that goes with it, eh? Since my last update, I’ve obtained my SES and am looking forward to more float time on MN/WI lakes next year. Iowa continues to be a fun destination and I was able to play in Clinton with The Corn Stars: Deanna McAlister, Jessica Tidd, Sandy Newfang and Catherine Cavagnaro and in Mason City with my Super Cub friends Dana Bain and Lori Fetterling. We all TRIED to behave, but hanging with Chick Pilots can get a little crazy! Brenda New Richmond, WI (KRNH) 10 Random things I Love about my Taildragger and More about Brenda...

Olivia Henwood’s North Island, New Zealand Super Cub Flying Video!

Olivia Henwood’s North Island, New Zealand Super Cub Flying Video!

“I’d like to share this video from a stunning Sunday afternoon flight in a SuperCub, with my friend Catherine. A video speaks a million words.” 🙂 Flying Super Cub ZK-BQV, West Coast, North Island, New Zealand   Happy flying! Olivia Henwood...

Harlem Taildraggin’ Ladies

Harlem Taildraggin’ Ladies

It’s hard to describe any other way but if you weren’t in attendance at the 2013 Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-in at KSNH – Savannah, TN then you missed out on some serious fun. Don’t believe us? Have a look for yourself…...

Karen Croskell’s instructing for the USAF

Karen Croskell’s instructing for the USAF

I was tickled to hear from former airline pilot (and taildragger pilot) Karen Croskell this week. Karen’s one of us, loves her Super cub and gave up the retirement life to be a contract CFI for the USAF. Karen is based @ Kelly Airpark, Elbert, Colorado and says “you are all welcome to fly in to visit!” “Hey Judy, I keep meaning to update you but Doss Aviation is LITERALLY flying my butt off. I lost 10 lbs in the first 4 months working there. First the USAF froze the hiring of me and another CFI for 5 months, THEN of course they needed us yesterday!” “Then the other CFI quit on the day of his check-ride leaving me to take up the slack! Learning the USAF way has been a challenge but I’m really enjoying teaching these “kids”.  I was hoping to commute to work in our Super Cub (:38 vs 1:15, twice the cost but twice the fun!) but wx is always a challenge.” “I’m making great $ to pay for Cub fuel, just not enough time off to fly it and play!!!  I have included a photo of one of my tiny students with me and the Diamond Katana.” Please keep me posted! Fly safe, Karen Croskell For more on Karen, check out her LLT Pilot Profile....

Pictures from Elisa Bretterebner, Austria

Pictures from Elisa Bretterebner, Austria

Thanks to Elisa Bretterebner for sharing some of her 2012 flying pictures from Austria. Elisa started flying gliders in 2005 when she was 15. Today, at 22, I’d say she’s doing something right – towing gliders and flying a Super Cub in the Alps! Please find some pictures attached showing me and “my” Super Cub. Most pictures were taken last summer. I do not only fly “for the fun of it” (like Amelia Earhart said) but also tow our gliders. I love that plane, the feeling of flying a Super Cub is just AWESOME 🙂 * * * Best regards and Happy New Year ! Elisa...

Kerry Conner     (New Zealand)

Kerry Conner (New Zealand)

Kerry Conner is based at NZMS, Masterton/Hood Airport, Masterton, New Zealand. Hello, I am from New Zealand and own a flight training organisation specialising in taildragger training. The only aircraft I have for training ab-initio through to CPL are taildraggers. Available on-line we have a Piper Cub (100hp) no flaps, a Piper Pacer (160hp, 4 seat), a Cessna 180 and a Tiger Moth. I have over 3500 hours in taildraggers and love flying and teaching in them. Taildragger aircraft I have ratings in are all those mentioned above plus The Cessna 150 taildragger, Cessna185, Maule, De Havilland Chipmunk, Gardan GY-20, Jodell D11, Thatcher CX4, Percival Piston Provost, North American Harvard, World War I aircraft such as the Pfalz DIII, Fokker DR-1, Airco DH 5, Fokker DVII, and the SE5a. I have also flown a J3 Cub, DH90, Auster, Cessna Bird dog, Beech Staggerwing and the Thorpe T18. I have been flying since 1984 and have over 7500 total hours. I live and work out of a town in New Zealand called Masterton, which is home to “The Vintage Aviator Collection” of WWI aircraft, which I am very privileged to be a part of as a pilot and get to fly their unique aircraft in airshows. I am also a member of the NZ Warbirds Assn, NZ Women in Aviation, AOPA and the NZ C180/185 group.  If anyone wants to come to NZ for a holiday and needs a taildragger fix, please come and see me, it would be great to fly with other women who love taildraggers.  Find me at http://www.ace-aviation.co.nz/ Cheers, Kerry Conner Masterton, New Zealand...

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