Laura Mayer (Connecticut)

Just in from Laura Mayer…

“It’s High Time I sent an Update! Just saw the Christmas video and loved it!”

A happy Laura with Skywagon N11DH!

Laura flies the family 1978 Cessna 180K Skywagon  purchased in 2010.

“I passed my IFR check ride in August. Yippee!!”

“Really hoping I can make one of the fly-ins next year now that that training is behind me.  So looking forward to meeting lady taildraggers in person!”
Laura Mayer

And from July 2009…..

Laura Mayer with her 1953 Cessna 170B

Laura Mayer with her 1953 Cessna 170B

I started flying lessons at the age of 48 and got bitten by the aviation bug with the tenacity of a tick. My love affair with flying began with a J3 Piper Cub. I still remember laughing uncontrollably when I did my first S-turns on the taxiway. Learning to fly was a hard won lesson for me; discouragement almost triumphed, but desire and my not too scant stubbornness prevailed. I finally soloed on June 3, 2007. When I abandoned the plan of getting a Light Sport rating and decided to go for my Private Pilot, I reluctantly switched to a Cessna 152.

Once I got my ticket, I set my sights on purchasing my very own 152, despite the fact that my husband and I already owned a plane. When Bob (who is an IA) first decided to purchase an airplane, he did extensive research, more methodical than I initially realized. And the plane he finally settled on as his fervent desire was a tailwheel, a 1953 Cessna 170B. Initially, I had no plans whatsoever to fly that plane. Probably because it almost cost our marriage with its demand of money, sweat, and tears!! But once I got my tail wheel endorsement , 49A transitioned rapidly from being a financial albatross to being my most cherished passion in life.

I’m certain I speak for all the women on the site when I talk about flying. Flying is my passion, my release, the purpose of my life. The world could be falling down around me, but once I hear “cleared for takeoff,” I am the happiest person in the world and pure joy reigns. We live in beautiful New England and places like Montauk, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Newport are a scant hour or two away.

OK, so it's not mine, but it was the BEST Christmas/Anniversary/Birthday present I EVER got!

OK, so it’s not mine, but it was the BEST Christmas/Anniversary/Birthday present I EVER got!

Laura &  her husband own a 1953 170B, N3149A, upgraded with a Lycoming 180, constant speed prop & STOL package.  Laura is based at DXR (Danbury Municipal Airport, Danbury, CT).

Laura says “Ladies and taildraggers – PERFECT together!!”

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 09:49h, 15 December Reply

    Good job hanging in there until it got to be fun. I’ve thought about a ride in a Mustang too. I bet it’s great.

  • Posted at 11:16h, 02 April Reply


    I LOVE your write up — you describe it PERFECTLY! I spent a good bit of time out in New England (Rhode Island) and miss it very much… although with all your water out there these days I’m sure eveyone is wishing they were in the desert about now!

    Hope you are all high and dry!

    Susan Theodorelos

  • Gloria Cosgrove
    Posted at 22:32h, 05 September Reply

    You are looking good honey!

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