Michelle Beachy     (Indiana)

Michelle Beachy (Indiana)

Michelle Beachy is based at 83I, Glenndale Airport, Kokomo, Indiana. I just earned my private pilot license in July, 2012. Even though I took my lessons in a Cessna 172, I spent all my free time hanging out at a private strip nearby and flying with “the guys” in their Luscombe, Chief, Citabria, and Champ. I learned to love tailwheels. My boyfriend and I just purchased this 1946 Taylorcraft last week (Aug 10, 2013). We love it! We live at Glenndale Airport surrounded by friends and pilots. It’s a dream come true....

Tiffany Goettl     (Arizona)

Tiffany Goettl (Arizona)

Tiffany Goettl is based at P52, Cottonwood Airport, Cottonwood, Arizona. I am now a private pilot! I received my certificate May 14, 2013 in my 1946 Taylorcraft on a windy, blustery day. Learning to fly was probably the most challenging yet rewarding thing I have ever done. I knew nothing about aviation, never even thought about flying. It was something other people did and mostly men. But when my husband, Ted, suggested we buy a plane and both get our licenses I said ok, sounds like fun! Little did I know how much I would have to learn over the next few months. My ever-patient husband and instructors; Ted Goettl, Mr. Bill Gundlefinger – ground instructor and Mr. Ed Kalabus – flight instructor, calmly guided me to think about things and learn things I’d never cared about before. Things like: how planes fly, how engines work, how to hand prop my plane, how to read maps and weather charts, etc. You know what I’m talking about; there is a lot to know!! But, it was exciting to challenge myself, knowing that there would be a positive outcome with lots of fun (work) involved too. I think the hardest thing for me to learn was how to land the darn thing. I believe I have the most patient instructor on the entire planet! He calmly guided me through at least a million tries before I actually got my first stall (3 point) landing! There were a couple of times I almost threw up my hands and called it quits, but I kept thinking about my kids and how they persevere through their sports and keep at it even when they can’t move another inch and realized that I had to do this or what kind of example would I be to them? So, I buckled down and got my landings figured out! It was serious work but very rewarding too! My check ride was scheduled three weeks out so there was no telling what the weather would be like except to expect winds. We are in Arizona and springtime is always windy. So, Ed trained me in the afternoon winds, always telling me “this is what your check ride is going to be like, you can do this!” So I did. Well, as you might expect the day arrived along with winds 10-15 kts. Time to get it done! The oral test went good and then we were flying. It was a bumpy ride with some awesome crosswind landings. One of my most satisfying moments was when I heard the check ride pilot tell my instructor “that girl can fly that plane!” Yeah! I did it, now I have a license to practice as “they” say....

Looking for a CFI in Tennessee

Looking for a CFI in Tennessee

Looking for a “light-weight” CFI in Tenneseee!!??!! Here’s a message from a pilot in need. Pat Dixon in Tennessee writes… Hi , I bought a 46 Taylorcraft BC-12D, she is a bit on the heavy side. Taking electrics out of it now to get more useful load. I would love to find a smaller cfi,…as 2 big old fat men put it over gross pretty fast! I have the plane located at Fayette County Airport , TN if you know anyone that can finish up a sport pilot cert with me I’d be very grateful. Pat Dixon 901-326-0976...

Tiffany Goettl

Tiffany Goettl

To Ted (husband of Tiffany): You are too cool dude! Your lovely wife, Tiffany, may not yet have her PPL but she is a lady learning to fly in a T’craft which certainly qualifies her to be a member of LadiesLoveTaildraggers. Congrats on your long marriage and ESPECIALLY for the decision to learn to fly in a taildragger. If marrying Tiffany is the best thing you ever did, that may be a close second!  Tiffany Goettl is based at P52, Cottonwood Airport, Cottonwood, Arizona. (information provided by husband Ted) Taylorcraft BC12-D, C85-12 (no electric). Tiffany won’t register for this site yet as she is a student pilot and working on that goal. We have been married for 27 years, our youngest is 15. We are getting close to being empty nesters. We both decided to embark on a new adventure and decided to learn to fly. Doing Ground School and Flight Lessons together and having a blast. What better aircraft to learn in than a 1940’s taildragger!! Ted Goettl P.S. I am sure that Tiffany will add to this site very soon, with her thoughts. Tiffany, keep us in the loop as you continue your training. We ALL remember those days, the excitement and adventure of learning to fly a taildragger. We wish you happy landings as you progress towards getting the magical ticket!...

Carri Eve Hoagland hopping rides in Wisconsin!

Carri Eve Hoagland hopping rides in Wisconsin!

Here’s something that proves the power of ONE. Carri Hoagland sent in this wonderful post that should motivate us all to share our love of flying. “We had our little community Fall Festival and Fish Boil recently (Wisconsin’s largest). On a spur of the moment my son-in-law and I made a couple of crude signs Saturday morning and put them up in our little town of 450 souls. I parked the plane in a hay field complete with hay bales about a half mile from town. Well pretty soon my daughters were keeping track of folks with a waiting list of fifteen to twenty at a time.” “We had an ice cream pail with a slot for donations to their sister’s (my daughters) scholarship fund. Erica was killed racing at Reno in 2008 and is still sadly missed by lots of people. Well one day stretched into two and when we got done I had flown fifty to sixty people, many for their first plane ride, kids as young as 4 in their mothers laps and ten Young Eagles.” The little girl in the red T-shirt is my 18 month old granddaughter “Needless to say I was tired with that much concentration and a “not too smooth” field. The whole thing just harkened back to the old days of barnstorming and was so wonderful that we will be doing it next year, with a few more planes I hope. They will all have to be taildraggers naturally as those other planes won’t work in the rough hay field LOL.” My daughter and granddaughter, Lauren.  Both granddaughters love to fly! All I hear is “GeeGee fly?” (my name to them) from both of my granddaughters.” Thanks, Carri Hoagland Iron River, Wisconsin...

Carri Hoagland: Random things I love about my taildragger

Carri Hoagland: Random things I love about my taildragger Carri Hoagland owns a 1946 BC12D Tcraft and is from Port Wing, Wisconsin. Here are 8 random things Carrie loves about her Tcraft   #1 I love having to dance with the rudder pedals. #2 The guys look at me with envy. #3 It’s almost as old as me. #4 It lets me make mistakes and doesn’t hurt me. #5 My daughter flew it from the left seat when she was 14 years old. #6 It lets me explore places I couldn’t otherwise do with a trike. #7 The glide ratio is great so I have that extra feeling of confidence. #8 It brings me back to old times in my thoughts.  ...

Dreaming Happy Taildragging Thoughts!

Sometimes you just wanna dream happy thoughts…. * Beech 18 from your friends at Poplar Grove Airport And from your friends at Red Stewart Airfield Super Cubs sent in by Shannon Gallagher * Jam packed color! * Blue Ice Aviation, AK Super Cub, Blue Ice Aviation, AK * * * * * 2007 Hatz Classic NX230RS, Ron Sieck...

Jill Sprockett  (Ohio)

Jill Sprockett (Ohio)

Jill Sprockett’s got a beautiful new airplane! Yep, a fine looking 1946 C85 Cessna 140. Jill is based at 62D, Warren Airport, Warren, Ohio. From Jill, “I went to the Lockhaven flyin in Pennsylvania and was walking by checking out all the planes and came across a 140. I really liked the looks and the profile of the airplane and talked with the guy who owned it. He told me nothing but great things about the airplane so I went to Barnstormers and found this one. Left Lockhaven and went to Zanesville, Ohio and fell in love with this plane. A few days later went back and bought it!” The following is a previous post dated June 9, 2010: Hello my name is Jill and I fly a Taylorcraft F-21. I am new to the world of aviation and feel very blesssed to meet so many wonderful people. I am in the process of preparing for my check-ride, I just need to complete my cross-country. I am looking forward to attending many flyins and meeting more amazing people! * Thanks, Jill Sprockett...

Taylorcraft Video

Thanks to Shannon Gallagher for sending her new YouTube video. Looks like she included all our lady taildraggers’ beautiful T-crafts, and a whole lot more from all around the world. I’m partial to :50 & 1:41 & 1:57 & 2:21 & ….oh heck, too many to mention. You’ll find Chuck Avon’s One and Only at 6:24. Nice job, Shannon & Chuck!  ...

Melissa Abner     (Tennessee)

Melissa Abner (Tennessee)

Melissa Abner is based at her family’s private strip, Pleasant View, Tennessee. Hello fellow lady taildraggers! I am so happy to find this website! How FUN! I obtained my private pilot license in 1999 and enjoyed lots of cross country flying in our C-172. Later, in 2003, I fell in LOVE with flying my 1946 Taylorcraft. One of my favorite passengers is my 10 year old daughter, Callie, who really enjoys flying to visit her cousins in IN and the thrill of light acrobatics! I keep ole “Grace” at our private strip on our family farm in Pleasant View, TN. It may not be a perfect grass strip; but, it’s good enough for me! I just LOVE being in the sky. That love affair began when I started skydiving in 1993 and haven’t quit yet! I’ve jumped out of many different types of aircraft….everything from a C-130, 737, DC-9, Casa, Otter, Glider to a hot air balloon. I look forward to meeting other lady pilots…..a rare breed around these parts! I see you are holding a fly-in in TN soon! I look forward to meeting you all then! THANK YOU! Melissa Abner...

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