Update from Neroli in New Zealand!

This just sent in by one of our own lady taildraggers from New Zealand, Neroli Henwood! Enjoy. Hi, just a few photos and update about what’s been happening with our family down in this part of the world. We are enjoying the beautiful autumn weather and making the most of it before winter sets in. Not something I am looking forward to. I bet you Northern Gals can’t wait for that summer weather to really get started.┬áWe were horrified to see the photos, etc. of Sun ‘n Fun. Our condolences to those who had their planes damaged. When we were at New Holstein in 2008 we saw how quickly the weather could change and how violent the storms could be. However, it was not on the scale just seen at Sun ‘n Fun ­čÖü We had a fly out to the central North Island of New Zealand recently on the most gorgeous day. We had an eclectic mix of 12 aircraft (4 taildraggers) ranging from Piper Cubs, Technams, C172 and Jodel D18 through to a ‘rag and tube’ Bantam microlight. The destination was a topdressing strip on the side of a hill at Aria, on a 1000 acre sheep farm. The family that own the property had organised lunch for us at their beautiful house overlooking the airstrip. Sitting in the sunshine with great friends, looking across the valley at the pretty airplanes, ahh bliss! This always reminds me how lucky we are ­čÖé This group of very keen fliers never needs an excuse to head off for the day and are very social. We get together on Friday nights for a BBQ which is a great way to end the week. I have also included some photos of another fly out we recently went on. We met 11 other aircraft at Great Barrier Island which is near Auckland, NZ. This area has spectacular islands and beautiful clear water. It is a mecca for boaties and diving. * The last bit of exciting news I have is that a friend and I are about to start building a Microlight Cub. It is a full size Replica, which we will build with wood to get it into our NZ microlight catagory. It will have an C 0-200 engine and very closely resembles a real cub. We will build it from plans. I have always wanted to build an airplane so this is really exciting. I will keep you posted ­čÖé Best wishes and happy flying. Neroli www.supercub.co.nz...

Lisa Martin    (Wyoming)

Lisa Martin (Wyoming)

Lisa Martin is based at (KWRL), Worland Municipal Airport, Worland, Wyoming. I got my private license in 1989 while 7 1/2 months pregnant with my oldest child. The family priority slowed my flying some, although my husband and I owned and operated our own aviation business in Montana spraying and doing other surveys with airplanes and helicopters. In 2003, we moved to Wyoming and my husband went to work for Sky Aviation. As my boys grew up and I had some more time to fly, I added on an instrument rating in about 2006. We owned a C180 at that time (previously we owned a 7GCBC and an Aeronca Champ. When my boys both graduated and moved on, I poured myself into getting a commercial rating with a Piper Comanche. Soon as I got that rating we sold it to return to the fun and spot-on convenience of taildragger flying. Bought our 150 hp Super Cub in Oct of 2010 and are having so much fun just bee-boppin’ around! We’re are anxiously looking forward to some backcountry, fly-in camping trips this summer in surrounding states (Utah, Idaho and Montana). Schafer’s Meadow was our home away from home when we lived in Cut Bank, MT. You just can’t get in to many of those places with a Comanche!  ...

Kristi Dunks    (Montana)

Kristi Dunks (Montana)

Kristi Dunks is based at Bert Mooney Airport (KBTM) Butte, Montana and flies a Super Cub. I fly a Piper Super Cub. My first taildragger was an American Champion 7ECA that I owned for several years and loved. I ferried my Super Cub from southern California to Montana (10.9 hours on the tach for the flight), and have been having so much fun with it. There is something about low, slow, and backcountry flying that I cannot get enough of. Down the road, I look forward to offering tailwheel flight instruction and spreading the joy!...

Linda Fore     (Oregon)

Linda Fore (Oregon)

Linda Fore is based at Stark’s Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3), Hillsboro, Oregon, and flies a Super Cub and Cessna 185. Private and┬áInstrument┬árated pilot.┬áRetired US Navy.┬áMy husband and I own a 1979 Cessna 185F and 1968 PA-18. ┬áI fly both but love the Super Cub! ┬á We love flying the Idaho backcountry!┬áI┬árecently moved to Oregon and am enjoying all the grass runways but┬álooking for more.┬á If you know of any private ones that welcome taildraggers,┬áplease send me an email. Better yet, lets go flying and go there together! I also write for Pilot Getaways magazine. Linda can be reached at hfore@aol.com...

Lynn Mareth  (Colorado)

Lynn Mareth (Colorado)

Lynn Mareth is based at her own sod strip near Fort Collins, Colorado  (KFNL) and flies a Super Cub. * *...

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