Fran West (Australia)

Fran West is based near Adelaide, South Australia.

Lake Hood, Alaska

Hi Judy, I finally went through my log book and discovered I have just over 20 hours in taildraggers. A voyage of discovery!

Adelaide, Australia

I’m an Australian and I’ve been flying since 1980 but have only about 600 hours total. In 1999/2000 I followed my big dream of flying around the coast of Australia in a Cessna 172P. Just love aerial photography, photographing planes and creating photo products for pilots.

Trail Lake, Alaska

Ratings: SEL, SES, constant speed endorsement, tailwheel endorsement, ultralight licence, retractable gear endorsement

Aircraft flown: Citabria, PA-18 Piper Super Cub float plane, Taylorcraft float plane, Jabiru ultralight, Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 172 float plane, Piper Warrior, Piper Cherokee, Cessna 150, Cessna 210, Piper Lance, Piper Colt, Cessna 182, Piper Tomahawk

Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia

Dream Taildragger:  Something that’s very flashily painted!

Thoughts on Taildragging: They’re just different. More like real flying in the early days of flight.

Fran West with her book and trophies – Lores Bonnet Award and Spirit of Adventure Award from Australian Geographic magazine

Fran West holds records for

  • The first woman pilot to circumnavigate mainland Australia in a light aircraft.
  • The first woman pilot to circumnavigate Australia (mainland and Tasmania) in a light aircraft.

Please visit Fran’s website at

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