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Just a girl and her plane. 🥰
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I gave flights to a bunch of small-town, college bound, high school scholarship recipients, and then spoke to them about national security issues, leadership, and life advice. The flying was to give them a new experience, expand their horizons, and be a special memory of this time at their camp. It was a joy to share this bird with them, none of whom had been in a small plane before. The discussions with them were, for me, perhaps more fulfilling because I am filled with hope for our future. These are amazing young people who want to use their talents to make our world better- and I know they are not a minority of their generation.
We all owe the world our talents, to leave things better than we found them, to mentor and invest in others, to serve. It might not be a major gesture, but every day we should take a step to give forward.
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#giveforward #payitforward #stearman #stearmanbiplane #biplane #avgeek #goalgetter #minutemanairfield #stowmassachusetts #fearlessfemale #aviatrix #aviatrixlife #ladieslovetaildraggers #badasswomen #femaleempowerment #shecan #makeitbetter #instaaviation #flywithme #comeflywithme #goafteryourdreams #highvibes #positivityiskey
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She made it!! On the ramp at KTRS Wednesday! This tie down is safe enough for now, but the Lady Katy needs a permanent home--do you have a hangar for her to rent or buy? Let us know!

#krts #pilotsofinstagram #ladieslovetaildraggers #stinson108 #theladykaty #sweetrickeyflying
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Happy Birthday to my Crew Chief! You may not exactly be the wind beneath my wings, but you keep my wings attached and that's really important too. 😆 Thanks for all your hard work. 🙏❤
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#atomicpumpkinairracing #taildragger #if1 #airracing #instaaviation #aviationdaily #aviatrixlife #whyifly #iamwai #womeninaviation #pilot #instapilot #ladieslovetaildraggers stihlusa renoairraces #elevateaviation #girlswhorace
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Just the cutest 😘
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Ahhh yes. The sounds of summer. I’d love to add music, but nothing beats that loon call or the engine turning over. 🙂 Float season is done and skis come out next week. 😎. Stay tuned for winter adventures.
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Note the automatic door closer. Expensive to install but worth it. 😆
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#piperpacer #floatflying #floatplane #taildragger #iamwai #womeninaviation
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Every pilot hopes it will never happen to them, but I can now tick the “Catastrophic Engine Failure” box on my list of unwanted flight experiences. I was very lucky for many reasons and was able to glide the airplane to a safe landing in a field after the prop stopped turning. Both the airplane and I were 100% fine.

Since I know many of you will have questions, I’m going to try my best to answer them by making 3 separate posts with all the boring details. Here goes…

Part 1:

Yesterday morning, I had just taken off from my home airport by myself and was headed to another small airport to pick up a friend to take him flying. I had only been airborne for 5 minutes or so and was at about 700’ AGL when the engine started vibrating in a way that I instinctively knew was not going to end well. I started looking for a field right away, pulled the power back, and turned to fly over a tree line that would give me my choice of fields to my left or right whenever I was at the right altitude to make a turn. I tried switching fuel pumps, tried switching to a different fuel map, and neither fixed the vibration. I would estimate the engine vibrated for maybe 10 seconds before it completely died. I set myself up at my best glide speed, chose a field within gliding distance I knew my tires and my airplane could handle, made a mayday call, and was on the ground before I knew it.

I was very fortunate for a few reasons. The engine just so happened to quit in a place where I had my choice of a few fields that would have been suitable, as all the crops have been pulled off this time of year. I can only imagine the outcome had I been over different terrain or on final approach for a gravel bar in the river valley. I’m also very proficient in this airplane right now thanks to all the STOL drag racing and off airport landing I have been doing lately. I knew my airplane could handle the field I chose because I had landed in one very similar less than a week earlier. If I had to choose to have another engine failure, I would hope to be given the same set of circumstances, and I feel very fortunate that everything happened the way that it did.

Story continued in part 2…
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Total Pumpkin-Head. 😎
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Can you even call yourself a STOL pilot if you don’t have a photo of you pulling a mean leaner standing on a fat tire? 🤣

Thanks to Tom Wilson from kitplanes_magazine for dubbing me the “poster queen” of STOL Drag, and snapping this pic. Go check out his article about #stoldrag at the #renoairraces2021, link in my bio!

#flylikeagirl #renoairraces #natesserracing #pilot #pilotlife #pilotsofinstagram #stol #bushplane #alaskabushwheels #femalepilot #edgeperformanceas #femalepilots #eaa #experimentalaviation #copa #ladypilot #aviatrix #aviatrixlife #whyifly #girlswhofly #taildragger #tailwheel #kitfoxaircraft #fattires #avgeek #ladyaviators #ladieslovetaildraggers #stolpilot
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When nosewheel pilots joke about taildragger pilots having their nose in the air, I always assumed it was metaphorical. I just realized maybe they mean it literally. 😆
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legendcub & #ladieslovetaildraggers #mckinneyisd #aviation #womeninaviation https://ladieslovetaildraggers.com/wp-content/uploads/vxSKD5OA-scaled.jpeg ...

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2244 miles / Approx 25 hrs
Glad this bird is in the hangar ✈️

#sq2 #stolquest #alaskaaviatrix #aviators #flywithus #stol #aviatrix #alaskapilot #flytailwheel #adventurepilots #fly #tailwheel #taildragger #ladieslovetaildraggers
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What better way to celebrate international women’s day then with a solo! Congrats Tayler! ...

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How are you spending the holidays? ...

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I was cleaning out my Google Drive today and looking back on old flight training vids in the Champ (for those of you that don’t know, I learned to fly in this airplane). The first few lessons, it felt like my brain was gonna explode...all these foreign words and concepts...angle of attack, METARs, Part 91, V speeds...🤯

It was also comical to see how SCARED I was back then 😂 I was always so afraid of “accidentally entering a spin”...until I finally got to deliberately spin the airplane and see that it’s really not that easy to do 🤣🙈🤦🏼‍♀️
#somanylessonslearned

#tbt #leaveyourtroublesbehind #aviation #girlpilot #bestfeeling #livingmybestlife #aeronca #aeroncachamp #7ac #tailwheel #tailwheelpilot #taildraggers #femalepilot #womeninaviation #pilot #ladieslovetaildraggers #northcarolina #aviation #avgeek #privatepilot #learntofly
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Fuel stop on the slowest ferry gig ever across three provinces in a Piper Pacer.
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Side note: I rarely take selfies cuz my hair is always a mess. But today its perfect so ... 🤣
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My kind of fun. 🤗❤️🐻 Enjoying a few extra days playing at home, working on my Tailwheel Flying (still a lot to learn) and got my little pit bike out... This was my 1st bike Dad got me when I was in Middle school, after a little TLC it’s running great and just as fun. .
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Great day for some taildragger training! ...

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Afternoon cruising with my 2 favorite Piper Cubs! 🤗 Dogs & matching make everything more fun. ❤️🐻 .
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