Congratulations to our next 2016 Scholarship Winner!

Amazing things can happen when goodhearted aviatrixes are involved. I received a message a week ago that a lady taildragger pilot would like to make a donation to our LadiesLoveTaildraggers Scholarship Fund. A whopping $1500 donation! My heart nearly stopped. If it happened, we could send our next-in-line ‘Stick & Rudder Master Class’ applicant to train with Brian Lansburgh in Oregon. Well, true to her word, a check soon arrived in my mailbox with this simple note, “Hope this makes someone happy!” This unexpected and very much appreciated donation, along with scholarship funds from LadiesLoveTaildraggers, will allow one very deserving lady taildragger pilot to receive advanced TW training.

I am pleased to announce the winner of the Sarah Wilson LadiesLoveTaildraggers Stick & Rudder Master Class Scholarship is Kayleigh Bordner from Bringhurst, Indiana.

Kayleigh Bordner, left seat, along with 2016 Air Race Classic team members.

Kayleigh Bordner (right) along with 2016 Air Race Classic team members Lydia Kost (left) and MiJin Kim (rear).  Their ISU team came in 2nd overall in the Collegiate class.

Kayleigh, age 21, is an Indiana State University Flight Academy Instructor and senior at ISU.

From Kayleigh’s scholarship application: Why is attending a Stick & Rudder Master Class important to you? 

Attending the Stick and Rudder Master Class is important to me because I want to further my skills as a tailwheel pilot. I started flying at a grass strip in a J-3 Cub almost 4 years ago. I fell in love with tailwheel aircraft at 17 and have a special place in my heart for them. Unfortunately though, when I went off to college I have not been able to get my hands on a tailwheel aircraft as frequently as I would like. I feel that I am losing my stick and rudder skills. This terrifies me because having these skills as a pilot is extremely important to me. Now that I am a CFI, I want to be able to instruct in tailwheel aircraft. I feel that in today’s generation, a majority of younger pilots are scared of flying tailwheel aircraft. With this being said, I feel that stick and rudder skills are slowly starting to disappear. As a CFI, and an advocate for Ladies Love Taildraggers, I want to be able to teach my students how to fly a tailwheel aircraft. But not only do I want to teach them to fly it, I want to teach them how to master their stick and rudder skills. This is why it is so important to me to attend this class, and become a skilled tailwheel pilot myself.

Congratulations to Kayleigh Bordner and a huge thank you to Sarah Wilson for making this possible.

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