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Inbound for Christmas! 🎄
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In a unique end to a year that has taught me the importance of going with the flow, always having a plan, and then being ready to throw it out and create a new one has actually been the foundations for some of my favourite memories and taught me many positive life lessons. (Perspective 😉)
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I’ve learnt more and more (well maybe embraced is a better term) attitude is key! Yes many terrible things have happened this year world wide but right now I am choosing to be Thankyouful for all the lessons and experiences of 2020 and of course for family, friends and planes ✈️❤️
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Sometimes I forget I live by the ocean. I love my mountains, but I think the ocean feeds my soul most of all 🌊💙

My commute to work today (shooting a wedding in Homer, Alaska) gave me the opportunity to spend a little more time in the cute little Taylorcraft I got my tailwheel endorsement in. No shortage on the views.

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Here's a shoutout to my home airport, the one that made me an aviatrix, Winchester Regional (KOKV)!
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I'll never forget soloing on my 16th birthday via runway 32, making three laps around the pattern, then having my dad, who was my flight instructor, cut my shirttail, a decades-old solo tradition!
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I went to the DMV the next day to take my driver's test.
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Unfortunately, they didn't buy into my plea that I could fly an airplane by myself so why should I have to take a driver's test?!
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It was humbling getting my tailwheel rudder feet back. And quite a trip down memory lane. Thank you KOKV for the memories!
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Follow me mrsdiannaklein for adventures of an Earthbound Misfit, boy mom, and perpetual glass half full practitioner.
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Dear Abigail: this is how you make me feel.
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Tons of gorgeous shots from today, but this one deserves its own moment for today. My first solo #flight in her after our (mostly jase_face_540’s while I worked during the day til I could come out and help) 3 weeks of effort to get her ADS-B compliant and fixed up to Jason Resop A&P extraordinaire standards. Her moxie saturated performance down at this elevation vs UT mountains and in the cooler morning temps compared to the super cubs I used to rent here caught me by elated, raw surprise on our first takeoff 🤩 so much love for our first #airplane; #AbigailTheSuperCruiser. #AdventureAwaits for this soon to be backcountry beauty.
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#SuperCruiser #PiperSuperCruiser #PA12 #CubGirl #Tailwheel #Taildragger #LadiesLoveTaildraggers #Flying #Aviation #InstagramAviation #FlyGirl #WomenPilots #PHX99s #NinetyNines #FemalePilot #BadAssWomen #TeamTooPretty #NeverTooPretty #PitViper #PitViperSunglasses #PitViperBabes #LightspeedAviation #BackcountryFlying tooprettybrand
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A little formation action to spice up your Saturday!! Blue skies!😎🤩 ...

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When I try to describe to my non-flying friends what flying a small aeroplane is like... I will tell them about this incredible early morning flight with great views combined with incredible colours... This is the photo I will show them! -
It’s not always about getting places but about enjoying the change of perceptive and taking in the freedom of flight whilst having fun! I believe in promoting this wonderful community and trying to build interest in the industry to try and minimise the fear and preconceived ideas that some people have. -
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p.s this is still probably my favourite photo ga_network
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We are so proud of Ilse!! She finished up her private pilots license in just 40.5 hours! Killing it!! ...

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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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#hangarhome #tailwheel #cubflying #womeninaviation #alwayslearning #ladieslovetaildraggers #stickandrudder #funflying #j3 #pipercub #pitbike #femalepilot #lifeiswhatyoumakeit #gratefuleveryday #optoutside #freshair #thesimplethings #flywithaopa #whyifly #pocketfullofsunshine
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My shadow was gettin real close to breaking the 6 foot rule 😒✋🏼 I say it all the time, but #SuperCub girl FOR LIFE; nothing beats low level #flying with this beautiful bird. CHANGE MY MIND 😐
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Shockingly 📸: jase_face_540 (the man who never takes pictures 😂)
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Idaho to California. Bringing our new toy home. Soon to be #tailwheelpilot #piperpacer #tailwheel #femalepilot #adventure #pilotcouple cali_av8r #ladieslovetaildraggers ...

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Great day for some taildragger training! ...

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Flashing it back to 12months ago when I was given the opportunity to fly one of my all time favourite planes. The de Havilland Beaver. 😍 lots of people dream of different things, but tail wheels and thumping radial engines are definitely right up there for me! In three weeks I return to uni for my last year of a Bachelor of Business, then I hope to turn my fun flying into a career. ✈️✈️✈️ lets do this 💪 ...

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Good bye Alaska. See you in a few months!
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Finally back in a cub! Oh how I missed it. 😍
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13/10 would agree nothing beats the feeling of walking up to her for an open-door rip around the #Arizona desert (replacing with your home airport location is also acceptable) #SuperCub girl for life 🤙🏼
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thanks for the shot 📸, sndvlbailey🤗
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I can’t believe it’s almost July! It’s been a such great year with so many awesome experiences. I wouldn’t change a thing. Looking forward to the rest of it 😌 ...

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Well it definitely isn't the coldest day!! Here we go!!
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📍Sheltair | Ocala | Florida 🇺🇸
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First leg of the Pitts Adventure home is about to commence.
📍Sheltair | Ocala | Florida 🇺🇸
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Father - Daughter time will be looking like this for the next few days! First leg: Toronto to Florida via Air Canada. Stay tuned for what's next!
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And sometimes you fly solo. If it's meant to be, it's up to me.
Somewhere over Lake Simcoe | 4,500 ft 📷: Selfie
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I didn't pilot this one but I got to climb on top and between the wings! So much fun!

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I didnt pilot this one but I got to climb on top and between the wings! So much fun!

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That school is in WA and I have long wanted to try it out but I am not super agile. My short, fat self has enough trouble climbing through planes sitting on the ground. 😉 Looks like a blast though!

Wow!

I had a trip booked to do that last summer but had to cancel due to the pandemic. I hope to reschedule for this sumner!

So cool! I've always wondered how people learn to do this, didn't know there was a class 😅 I'm not brave enough for this personally but this is badass!

Kayla Jane Fairchild

Whew, I also skydive and have gone out a balloon and a helicopter, too, and I still can’t bring myself to stomach wing walking! You are a strong, strong woman! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

I was asked to do that in my early 20s... ummmmm.... no, not for me. 😝😂

That’s so badass!!!!

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At the Starbucks at CMH. Jerrie Mock, famous LLT and her route around the world. Apologize for the lousy pictures. ... See MoreSee Less

20 hours ago

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Cool! And I highly recommend her book - Three-Eight Charlie.

Yes! ❤️

I know - isn’t that awesome they did that!

Awesome!! I first learned about the Navajo Code Talkers at a McDonalds in New Mexico. The store owner’s father had been one. Hopefully, people will learn about Jerri Mock and it will have as powerful of an impression!

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I’ll try and help

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Lisa Allen also does this

Yes, send me a message.

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6 days ago

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Congratulations!

Yeay..cheers to you

Congratulations

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Yay! Another lady Cub pilot!!

Good for you!

Congratulations!!

Woo-hoo!

Congratulations

Yaaayyyyyy

Awesome!!!! Congratulations!!!!

Congrats, Michelle!

Congratulations!!!!

Congratulations!

Alright!!

Congratulations !

Awesome! Congratulations.

Love to see more taildragger pilots!!!

And you are flying in winter weather. I find it easier, but hate the short days

Congratulations🎉🎉🎉

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$50 could win this plane! We're raffling off a beautifully restored 1940 Aeronca Tandem Defender! Only 4,000 tickets will be sold so your odds are great – especially if you purchase more than one ticket! (In fact, you can buy as many as you want!)

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I need this plane!!

My Father had a 1943 L 3 Defender i owned it to 2004. its in Oklahoma also.

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Getting some night landings in my Super Cub! Who else flies their taildragger at night?

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Spent quite a few hours in the 180 and 185 and night.

Eye dew

Fly this at night about 10% of the time, summertime that is’

Beautiful airplane!!

I keep night current in my 180.

We do in the winter off the lake 🙌🏻💕

My 1930 Fleet.

I used to fly my Stinson at night only onto a lit strip. My home airport was grass and no lights so I sometimes had to park it 20-30 mins away and get it back in the daylight.

Perfect!

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So ladies, my husband and I have been working on this project for two years now!
We run a shop here in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada and find ourselves salvaging more C180s than we’d like to... but.... it’s caused us to purchase many wrecked insurance jobs and piece the good parts together!

I present to you “Dolly” because she is a Coat of Many Colors. Five different 180s and one C182 to be exact!
We flipped a coin to see who got to do the first initial flight after being all pulled apart and I was the hesitant lucky winner! It was the most exhilarating and focused flight I’ve ever had.
I took off cautiously and stayed above the airport for the first few passes at about 3,500’ AGL then went out towards a friend’s airstrip staying over the Alaska highway. It has since flown FIVE times and is flying straighter than I could have ever dreamed and purrs like a kitten!

Here are some photos and video of where we found the fuselage for the project as well as some of the work we did to get it to the point of flying!

Enjoy!

Oh and no, we aren’t going to paint it 😂
I absolutely LOVE the story this things tells just by looking at it. ❤️✌️
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Fabulous achievement.. happy flying!

Love it, she sounds very healthy.

I love this story!

Wow, love it!! Congratulations 🍾

Love this!

really really cool. i find the aircraft where close attention to rigging has been paid - and i know you did - fly well. truly excellent thanks for bringing one more back to life.

A worthwhile labor of love. Nice going!

Awesome. We are “neighbors”. I’m in juneau, Alaska. Hopefully we can cross borders soon. Let me know if you ever make it down my way and happy flying

I love this story! Thank you for resurrecting these birds. Would love to have a 180/185 one day...

Working airplanes , dings and all , are the best , there is beauty in that wear

Case in point

What a project!

We are in a plane swap right now with our mechanic. We traded our Cessna 195 for this beauty!! Sadly it was recently painted. I kinda liked it the way it was 🙂

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This might be a shot in the dark to post here - but I created a new Facebook profile to rid myself of a bunch of "dead weight" that came with an extremely toxic feed (I used to be Sarah Ellerman Dickerson...if I missed re-friending you, heyyyy send me a request). I've rejoined most of my old aviation groups (this one included! <3) , but I had requested to join the STOL/Backcountry/Mountain Pilots page (the name may not be in that particular order) and not only do I not think it got approved, I can't even see it now. I'm hoping I did not for some reason get blocked because someone felt it was a bogus account. I *love* my LLT but as someone who aspires to own a STOL aircraft someday, I also loved that page and really enjoyed following it.

I only post this here hoping someone who is an admin, or KNOWS someone who is an admin, on that page may be able to get me added after all. I'd sure hate to lose it, but I guess that's also a risk I took in just starting fresh with Facebook. 🙂 Happy Thursday ladies and may 2021 bring us lots of trail dragging adventures!
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4 days ago

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I just invited you. See if that works. I think Kevin Quinn might be the admin. I hope he didn’t block you!

Weird Sarah! Never saw an email. Looking for you now

Yay we are getting it worked out. Thank you Kevin Quinn!

Success? If so, 1. Great 2. Quick!

I’m in! Thank you all!!!

Backcountry pilots?

I should do the same thing. But now I'm wondering if there might be a new better site?

Send a request to my group pilot social network. Your more than welcome to join.

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