The Flying Lesson, A Short Film

The Flying Lesson, A Short Film

Many thanks to Dan Wilkins for discovering this wonderful little video. “The Flying Lesson” is a short film by Phil Hawkins featuring Jessica Blake and Richard J. Fletcher. It was shot in only 5 days on a shoestring budget but I think you’ll be surprised by the quality of the film making and the awesome Tiger Moth aerial shots. The cinematography is beautiful and the story will pull at your heart strings as it unfolds. If you love old Tiger Moths & sentimental stories. If you have 16 uninterrupted, commercial free minutes to spare, I think you’ll enjoy it. “After the recent death of her grandfather, Phoebe Sanderson (Jessica Blake) takes a flying lesson in the exact plane her grandfather flew in WWII, a recently restored Tiger Moth. With a sense of trepidation, she takes flight with a promise to keep. Only a chauvinistic flying instructor (Richard J. Fletcher) with a secret stands in her way.” THE FLYING LESSON | A Short Film from Phil Hawkins – Director on Vimeo....

Pilot Charlotte Zeederberg flies The Great Tiger Moth Air Race

Pilot Charlotte Zeederberg flies The Great Tiger Moth Air Race

The Great Tiger Moth Air Race Australia October 4, 2014 In memory of pilots who failed to return home to their loved ones after WWII The first Tiger Moth Air Race was run in 1977, in order to test the airman-ship of the many pilots who took part. Since the first Tiger Moth Air Race there have been 13 air races, the last being in 2003. The James Strong Memorial Great Tiger Moth Air Race revives this tradition and brings pilots and machines from all over the country (Australia). LadiesLoveTaildraggers member Charlotte Zeederberg was extremely happy to participate in this amazing race and sent in this report of her adventure. I took part as the only female PIC amongst 38 Tiger Moths! Day 1: We did a memorial flight to Sydney, and on the following video (see link) I am flying over the harbour bridge that you can see just before the end of the clip – it was an amazing experience!! NBN News Article and Video, The Great Tiger Moth Air Race The first leg of the race was from Camden airport (in Sydney), back to my local airfield, Luskintyre (see http://luskintyreairfield.com.au), via 2 ‘secret letters’ – letters posted on the ground en route that we had to identify. Day 2: Leg 2 was from Luskintyre to Taree – about 100 miles North East of us with 2 more ‘letters’ to find. Leg 3: After refuel and lunch we flew down the stunning New South Wales coastline with 2 more letters on the coastline and then 2 inland as we returned West to Luskintyre. Participants of the air race were penalised for using more fuel than a set amount and for breaking any of the rules of the race, or not identifying the letters on the ground. Luskintyre Airfield presented a beautiful awards dinner with over 250 guests and I was stunned to learn that my husband and co-pilot, Brian and I, came second in the race! Our race time was 30 seconds slower than the winner, and No.3 came in 10 seconds after us!! I am very grateful for having this incredible experience, shared with great friends and the love of my life! Best regards, Charlotte Zeederberg...

Charlotte Zeederberg     (Australia)

Charlotte Zeederberg (Australia)

  Charlotte Zeederberg is from St Huberts Island, NSW Australia. I am an ex-South African, who learned to fly just before my 40th birthday in South Africa, and now fly a Tiger Moth out of an airfield, North of Sydney, Australia. My husband and I immigrated to Australia 6 years ago and we fly out of the ‘Home of the Tiger Moth’, Luskintyre airfield, NSW. My husband restored our Tiger Moth, as it was originally, when it arrived in Australia – the first Tiger to come to Australia in 1935! http://luskintyreairfield.com.au/ Charlotte Zeederberg, Australia...

FLYING at the BMW Motorcycle Cookout

FLYING at the BMW Motorcycle Cookout

I’m blessed. I’ve had two great flying days in a row! Winter’s still hanging on here in Indy with a snowstorm brewing but yesterday the sun was shining, there was a crisp horizon line and we topped out at 49 degrees. I had an invitation to fly my Rans S7 south to a friend’s grass strip that I hadn’t been to in over 5 years, never by air. The event was a BMW motorcycle cookout and host Mike Williams planned on hopping rides in his Tiger Moth and wanted additional pilots to give his motorcycle friends airplane rides. Gentle grace in the air as the Tiger Moth passes by. The strip runs about 030/210 with cushy grass that’s like landing on a long, green marshmallow. Here’s a Chipmunk project waiting in the wings next to a Laird Swallow awaiting an engine change from an OX5 to a more modern engine. Original style wheel pant on a C140. This pair of restored VW campers were getting some attention. AND the highlight of my day was giving this young 6th grade girl a ride in the Rans. It was remarkable; her name is Piper, she was named after a Piper J3 Cub RC model that her father flew …. and she had never flown before. I gave quite a few airplane rides, many to people who had never flown, but this one thrilled me! Take a look and listen to this 20 second video. Mike’s taxiing off the runway to pick up his next passenger and you can hear the lovely inverted, inline (Gipsy Major) engine....

Valerie Phillips     (UK)

Valerie Phillips (UK)

Valerie Phillips is currently based at LAS, United Kingdom. I was put in touch with this site by Louise O’Grady.  I haven’t an amazing long distance flight like Lou’s in a powered aircraft add to my profile, but I have done 500+km in a glider. This is what I currently am doing. All the photos are some of the power taildraggers which I have flown in the last year. I fly gliders by choice, they are generally taildraggers (well, sort of!) I am a gliding instructor and also a tow pilot. This is how I get to fly so many fun aeroplanes. Over the last year I have flown a Tiger moth, T31 motor tutor, a CallAir, a Wilga, Pawnees, Supercubs, a Bellanca Scout, and a Pawnee with a water-cooled V8 in. Anyone who has flown tow planes will understand that you do not need to worry about shock cooling, just dump the glider,close the throttle, return to earth. Much fun!! I am currently flying in the UK but visa permitting I will be flying from Lake Keepit Soaring Club, Australia, next summer. This is an interesting looking site you have, it’s great to keep like minded folks in touch. Best wishes, Val...

Roni MacPherson   (California)

Roni MacPherson (California)

Roni MacPherson is based at (KSEE) Gillespie Field Airport, San Diego/El Cajon, California and flies a Piper PA-16 Clipper. Roni with her 1949 Piper Clipper I have a 1927 Travel Air 4000, 1929 Travel Air 4000, 1947 Luscombe 8A/F, 1949 Piper PA-16 Clipper, 1954 Cessna 180. – The Clipper is totally mine and I share the others with my husband who I met in 1979 when he gave my boyfriend and I a ride in the 1927 Travel Air at an airshow!  We still spend the summers barnstorming and our 20 year old daughter spent my pregnancy in the biplane and then we tried loops to induce labor which was not successful but after medically inducing we were back at the airport within 24 hours of her birth.  She is now a student pilot in a Citabria. The photos of the Tiger Moth are from New Zealand where we also have land on the aerodrome where I’m flying the Moth. Life has been extremely good to me and I count my blessings everyday. Once a month we use the C-180 to fly to Baja for a medical/dental clinic. Tomorrow I am flying the 180 to the San Juan Islands for a week at our farm where the photo of the 180 is taken. My husband is a dentist and I act as pilot/assistant and translator.  The whole side of our 180 opens as it was designed to haul caskets.  You open the door with a casket crank! Life is good! Posted July 17, 2010...

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...

Amanda Rutland    (New Zealand)

Amanda Rutland (New Zealand)

Amanda Rutland is based at CHC, Christchurch Airport, New Zealand. Pictures included are the C185 and the Tiger, as that’s what I’ve done the bulk of my flying in over the years. We have a lot of female pilots here in NZ, but unfortunately taildragger pilots in general (male or female) are becoming exceedingly difficult to find. If you want to get a rating on a new type it’s very difficult to find an instructor capable of training you. Women do seem to be more determined to give it a go here; it’s in the’ too hard’ basket for a lot of men who have their minds set on becoming airline pilots. Haven’t flown much in the last few years, had a change of career so have been doing a lot of study. (: Got my private licence at 17, commercial at 19. Learned to fly a Piper Cub first, then worked in Wanaka flying a Tiger Moth and a Pitts Special, then flying a Cessna 185 dropping skydivers. Have also flown an Auster and a Harvard, albeit briefly. Have around 1400 hours, 800 taildragger. Take care. Amanda Rutland New Zealand  ...

Jacqui Manley     (UK)

Jacqui Manley (UK)

Jacqui Manley is based at a private grass strip, Swanborough Farm Airfield, West Sussex, UK. I fly as often as the weather is kind in a 2 seater Jodel, G-OABB Mascaret D150. I have held my PPL for 20 years, my first taildragger was a Jodel D112 , which we owned for 16 years, G-BPFD. Most of my flying has taken place in these two aircraft, although I have had some lucky rides around Sussex and over to France as P1 in a Tiger Moth. I have done a little gliding too, but this was many years ago. I share the flying with my husband Ken. We tend to take turns flying to and from airfields and strips mostly in the south of the UK, changing seats so we both get to be P1. We enjoy holidays in our Jodel, mostly to France as it is so close, just a 20 min hop across the channel. Many thanks, Jacqui...

Flavia Lonardi     (Italy)

Flavia Lonardi (Italy)

Welcome to Flavia Lonardi! Flavia is based at the Airport of Boscomantico (LIPN) and flies a PA-18-150 hp Super Cub. I fly my PA18-150, tail number I-GOLF. I love it very much! I got my license in 2006 and I hope to became a mountain pilot too soon… The following two pictures are of I-GOLF at the ERZBERG Fly-in 2008 (Germany). For some remarkable pictures, check out the link to more pictures from that fly-in; Erzberg Fly-in 2008 Since its always interesting to see the airports our gals fly out of, here are a couple pictures and info from the Airport of Boscomantico website. “Our airport, surrounded by the river Adige, is located north of the romantic town of Verona, where Shakespeare set the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, at the foot of the green hills of Valpolicella, famous all over the world for the quality of their wine.” “You will be welcomed with courtesy and hospitality and you will find the facilities our position offers; the airport is a few minutes from the centre of Verona and an hour of flight from the wonderful lagoon of Venice and the charming island of Elba.”...

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