Feb 2012 Amanda Rutland (New Zealand)
Amanda Rutland is based atÂ 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.Â 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.