Neroli Henwood     (New Zealand)

Neroli Henwood (New Zealand)

Neroli Henwood lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, flies a Super Cub and is based at HLZ. I live in New Zealand and learnt to fly in the early 1980’s. About 3 1/2 years ago I was browsing on Trade Me (our equivalent of e-bay) and saw a beautiful little Super Cub for sale. I had never flown taildraggers and had a break from flying for 17 years while our daughters were growing up. To cut a long story short, we fell in love with the Cub and purchased her. I am very fortunate that my husband is an experienced tailwheel pilot and instructor (very patient too!) and I am now approaching 200 hrs in our Cub. We have a beautiful country to fly around, with relatively short distances, compared to USA. There is a very strong taildragger movement here with regular get togethers. We had the pleasure of meeting the Supercub.org folks at New Holstein 3 years ago. There I had the best day  flying with Diana Votaw and met Cathy Pierce and Anne. Both our daughters are learning to flying in the Cub and love it too. We have a website here supercub.co.nz I think the website is just great. Even though it isn’t possible to join in the flying with you ladies, it is lovely to see so many women enjoying their flying. Cheers, Neroli Henwood...

Cathy Pierce    (Texas)

Cathy Pierce (Texas)

Cathy Pierce is based at Graham Municipal Airport (KRPH), Graham, Texas. I originally just wanted to learn to land since my husband and I were flying around with our kids in the back seat. Instead of just teaching me to land the airplane, my husband convinced me to go through with getting my license and I tell everyone interested in learning to fly that it’s the most fun I have ever had. When I started taking flight lessons in 2008, we owned a PA22/20 but could not find a flight instructor close that was tailwheel endorsed.  I borrowed a Tri-Pacer from a friend and found an instructor.  Started my lessons at the end of August 2008, soloed on October 31, 2008 and did my check ride on December 4, 2008.  I was lucky to find an instructor who was a stay-at-home mom like me, so we flew 2 or 3 times a week.     I usually help my husband with his business which is maintaining and restoring mostly Piper aircraft, so if you are ever in Graham, TX, stop in to see us! We maintain and restore fabric airplanes and every February we have a hands on seminar at our hangar in Graham, TX. Judy, your friends Will and Gail Mathews were here visiting (old family friends of my husband) and suggested that I look into your website. It’s great! Will thought maybe that would be something that the ladies on this website may want to try.  We need to increase our female participation!!...

Lori Malbank     (Minnesota)

Lori Malbank (Minnesota)

Lori Malbank is from Circle Pines, Minnesota and is based at Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field) (Identifier KANE). I fly a Piper Super Cub on 31″ Tundra Tires!...

Donna Hanshew  (Ohio)

Donna Hanshew (Ohio)

Donna Hanshew is based at OH28 Donner Field, Leesburg, Ohio. Love your idea for the website!!  I am a college professor in the Aviation Technology department at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. I soloed a Piper Cub at Red Stewart Field (40I) back in 1990. Went on to earn all of my ratings and am a CFI/CFII at Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton. I am blessed to be able to fly many types of aircraft – the Super Cub, the CJ6, Cessna 172’s, 152’s, Evektor SportStar, Piper Supercruiser and the Cirrus SR22. I love flying, especially with my students who call me “Mother Goose”. Donna, thanks for joining us on LadiesLoveTaildraggers!...

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....

Vickie Domke  (Alaska)

Vickie Domke (Alaska)

Vickie Domke is based at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) and flies a Supercub and a Cessna 170B. Vickie can be reached at tamarack@mosquitonet.com. I sure enjoyed reading about the ladies on this site! No tea-parties here, sounds like you all fly and not just talk about it. I have a red and white Supercub and a Cessna 170B and do normal Alaska flying. I run an aircraft maintenance shop and work as an A&P/IA and flight instructor. Your group, although small, sounds very enthusiastic. And your pictures are great! If any of you intend to come to Alaska, please send me an email and I will send any information I have on current events, fuel stops and local attractions. This summer I hope to take a few weeks and fly the 170 down to the States. “Almost to Oshkosh” all the way from Fairbanks! In 2007 I flew our Arctic Tern to Oshkosh from Fairbanks.  I camped out for all but two nights of the three week trip.  And this fall I removed the engine from the Cessna 170B. I intend to install another overhauled engine the Spring and fly the airplane to the States.  I flight instruct in the red and white Cessna 150 and use a Herman Nelson heater to preheat and warm up the cabin.  I just finished repainting the top of the wings on my Supercub and adding a red stripe along the leading edge. In real life I am an A&P/IA mechanic and own a maintenance shop at FAI.  I earned my Private license at 17, before I had a driver’s license.  I fly better than I drive.  I enjoy working on the planes in the winter and flying in the summer.  My husband is a private pilot and a high school VP.  We use the Cub and Tern to carry us, three dogs and stuff to our cabin. And from Judy… “Ladies, this may be the only Cessna 150 you ever see on this website but there’s no way to leave it out. Anybody preheating in Alaska looking this happy has to be seen”!...

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