Olivia Henwood’s 1st Solo (New Zealand)

Good news, a 1st solo in a Supercub! Fellow lady taildragger Neroli Henwood sent this message and pictures to share about a 1st solo by someone very dear to her –  her daughter Olivia!

“Just thought I would share a photo and update with you and the taildragger ladies.”

Olivia and the Supercub

“A couple of days ago my husband Bill, sent our daughter Olivia (19) off on her first Solo flight in our Supercub. It was a very exciting morning. I had an idea it may be the special day, so decide to take the camera along and get some pics. She hadn’t flown for a few weeks so wasn’t expecting it on the day, but she flew so well that Dad sent her off. I must admit to feeling a little sick when she flew past and I realized she was on her own. Much more nervous than when I soloed myself! She really enjoyed it and I have attached a photo of  her solo ‘touchdown’ and I was delighted to see in the photo that she had a big smile on her face.”

Olivia and her dad, Bill, sharing a happy moment!

“I realize that you northern hemisphere ladies are in the grips of winter, so hope that you get some opportunities to go for a blast and lift the winter blues ): ”

“Wishing you blue skies & tailwinds,”

Neroli Henwood

  • Jeanne MacPherson
    Posted at 23:23h, 06 February Reply

    Congratulations! Olivia!

  • Kristi
    Posted at 07:38h, 06 February Reply

    Nice work, Olivia! Congratulations!

  • Sneha
    Posted at 06:22h, 05 February Reply


    Many congratulations to Olivia and you! Your daughter looks lovely!
    I enjoyed reading your description of how you felt when she was coming in for her maiden solo landing!

    Now, looking forward to have her on this fantastic website too! 🙂

    Happy flying to you all! 🙂


  • misty allsup
    Posted at 18:12h, 01 February Reply

    Awesome job!!!

  • Susan
    Posted at 08:50h, 30 January Reply

    Well Done Olivia!! And a hearty congratulations to the Proud Parents as well! I can imagine you were nervous! How exciting tho! Another lady taildragger who will have to get her own page!!


  • Bill Tracy
    Posted at 19:52h, 29 January Reply

    Neroli. Tell your daughter congratulations. Nice to see her taking to the world of Super Cubs

  • Neroli Henwood
    Posted at 21:25h, 28 January Reply

    Thanks Nic

    Olivia has been really lucky to have a Dad who can teach her and I agree, learning in a taildragger gives the best start to flying. We run a small flying school using our cub and have put through many Private Pilots. They complete their training in the same time frame as Tricycle trained pilots but can go on and easily fly other types. Plus they are all taildragger fanatics!!
    Happy flying!

  • Nic Orchard
    Posted at 18:44h, 28 January Reply

    Congratulations to Olivia. What a wonderful way to start – in a proper aeroplane. The weather looks gorgeous too…

  • Neroli Henwood
    Posted at 19:34h, 27 January Reply

    Hi Anne

    Thanks for your good wishes. Olivia has just completed her 5 hours solo circuits and really is having fun.

    Hope all is great with you.

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 19:20h, 27 January Reply

    Congratulations to all of you on Olivia’s solo! You & Bill must be very proud of her.

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