Aug 2016 Rachel Conklin (New York)
Rachel Conklin is based atÂ 06NÂ Randall Airport,Â Middletown, New York.
Pilot Update/August 2016
“Congratulations Rachel on your “sweet” purchase!”
I recently became partial owner to a wonderful little Aeronca Champ. She’s a sweet little yellow thing and I can’t wait to get more time in her! Iâ€™m now a (very) proud owner to a taildragger. A literal dream come true. Hope all is well in your part of the sky!
Hello!! I am 19 years old. I started flying gliders in 2006 by joining the gliding club based in Middletown and soloed 2 months later in the Club owned Schweizer 2-33. In September 2008, both my Dad and I obtained our private glider licenses. My dad, a hangglider pilot, encouraged me to pursue aviation as far as I could go. So after winning a generous scholarship from the EAA Chapter 1280, I began training in an adorable Cessna 150. In December of 2009, after bad weather had passed, I added the SEL rating. I even had a lady examiner!
I’d like to add a little bit about my sister. I’m not the only lady who loves taildraggers in my family. My sister saw the website and immediately remarked, “I love them too!” She is 16 years old and a student glider pilot. Although she isn’t a taildragger lady yet, she loves them just as much as I do. She will probably get her tailwheel endorsement as soon as she is able. For now, she is a HUGE fan. This is a picture of her getting to ride in the same SuperCub I fly with the owner Hank Nixon.
Mooney BobPosted at 22:02h, 09 February
Just wanted to say… HEY Neighbor! and Congrats!!!!
Mooney Bob / KPOU
KevinPosted at 18:25h, 09 February
Rachel Conklin Wins 2011 SSA Kolstad Youth Scholarship Grant
“One of the most inspiring moments during the 2012 SSA convention was the presentation of the 2011 Kolstad Youth Scholarship Grant by Ralph Kolstad to Ms. Rachel Conklin at the SSA Awards Banquet….
…A number of well-known U. S. soaring pilots have been Kolstad award winners in their youth. Many now enjoy careers in aviation. Few, however, have written an essay as moving and inspiring as Rachel’s. During the award ceremony, Ralph read Rachel’s essay aloud and it clearly touched all of us.”
Kim EwingPosted at 15:06h, 02 July
It was so great reading your story!! Im 22 years old and got my start in gliders back in 2006 with my private as well!! I now have a job flight instructing but I own a little Aeronca Champ that I’m obsessed with flying when I’m not working. It is so cool to hear of another young female pilot that got her start in gliders too!!!
Blue skies and tailwinds,
SusanPosted at 21:42h, 26 June
Wonderful story Rachel! We welcome you and your sister to the “gang” of lady taildraggers!!! Look forward to meeting you some day soon!
Lisa MartinPosted at 08:47h, 22 June
What a great start you have already! And your sister too. I’d like to get a glider endorsement next. Sometimes I feel like my Cub is giving me some experience in that too…it sure rides the mountain waves with those high lift wings so that I really have to plan my flight paths (because I like to be low enough to see – even in the mountains). Air currents are pretty cool things and wonderfully useful tools!
KevinPosted at 18:35h, 21 June
Way to go Rachel!!