And the winners are…..

Personally, I think everybody that attended the 2013 Lady Taildragger’s Fly-in was a big winner. 🙂 There were lady taildragger and lady nosewheel pilots, men pilots, families and friends who came to Savannah, TN for 3 days of fun. In the midst of thunderstorms, strong winds, rain and even occasional sunshine, there were no grumbles, no complaints, just a lot of smiling people happy to be surrounded by fellow pilots & new friends.

Cathy Page's weather graphic of our planned Poker Run. We adlibed and did a "Poker Walk" instead!

This is Cathy Page’s weather radar of our planned Saturday Poker Run. This line was part of the same system that brought devastating tornadoes to Oklahoma the day before. The weather was moving east and eventually passed over Savannah. So what do you do when you can’t fly a poker run? You do a “Poker Walk” on airport grounds instead! Fun!

Hanging out with some of the girls!

Hanging out with some of the girls!


It’s hard to explain but it IS possible to have a very good time surrounded by crappy weather! Two very special causes did come out Big Winners at our fly-in thanks to so many generous attendees. This year LLT is establishing a LadiesLoveTaildraggers “Tailwheel Endorsement” Scholarship to be awarded to a licensed woman pilot who “desperately wants” a tailwheel endorsement. The application process including receiving the applications, review by LLT, and awarding of the scholarship will be handled by Bret Steffen of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Participation by the EAA is invaluable. I strongly encourage anyone not already a member of EAA to join this fine organization that is so willing to assist our small, grassroots effort to encourage more female tailwheel flying.

IMG_3327BSo the good news! Last Saturday night we raffled off a $900 Lightspeed Zulu.2 headset as 1st place, kindly donated by Lightspeed. The winner was Charles Aaron of Chatsworth, GA who flew a 1950 Piper Pacer to the fly-in and camped out with is wife Janice. A FlightTech 2-place portable intercom and aviation push-to-talk switch valued at $225 was 2nd place donated by Byron Conaway. 3rd place was a Lightspeed headset also donated by Byron Conaway. Julie Vessigault donated books and magazines and the proceeds were added to our scholarship fund. We raised $1,095 toward our goal of $1,500 for our scholarship!! Thank you everyone who bought raffle tickets and congratulations to the prize winners! More on the LLT scholarship soon.

Operation Homefront logo2

Secondly, through our Poker Run we were able to raise over $1,800 for Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Bob Pedigo who volunteers his time to assist at Ft. Campbell with Operation Homefront spent 3 days with us in Savannah, passing out pins, tshirts & blankets as a “thank you” to everyone in attendance. I think everyone will agree, it was an honor to be part of an organization so willing to help our service members and their families.


Another great prize awarded Saturday night was a Bruce’s Custom Cover. Only female taildragger aircraft owners were allowed to enter this door prize and it was very exciting as we all gathered around waiting for the winning ticket to be pulled. The lucky winner of the $550 Bruce’s Custom cover was Lisa Heize from Charleston, West Virginia. Lisa owns a PA-20 Piper Pacer and couldn’t wait to call Bruce’s up Monday morning and get it on order!

Lisa Heinze showing off her Bruce's Custom Cover  Award!

Lisa Heinze showing off her Bruce’s Custom Cover Award!

Bruce’s Custom Covers is giving LadiesLoveTaildraggers members a 10% discount on 2013 orders! The coupon code is LLT2013 so call them up or get online and start shopping. Here’s the scoop from Bruce’s.

“Bruce’s Custom Covers is the maker of the world’s finest aircraft Covers.  We have a new line of aircraft covers which feature “Pink” covers and plugs.”


“We have set up a discount code and every time someone from your organization orders they will automatically get the discount. (Maybe we can out fit your members with pink covers and plugs). Although pink is available, it does not have to be your default fabric.”

“Our covers are all custom-fit for every aircraft and our workmanship is very well known throughout the aviation community. We accommodate for any antennas, temperature probes or any protrusions on any aircraft.”

That’s it. I’ll bet men who order with this code will be fine, but that’s not confirmed. I’d pick something other than pink if I was you though!


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