Nov 2010 Reid Hillview Airport, San Jose, CA
I received the following email from Zdravko Podolski of AeroDynamic Aviation at Reid Hillview Airport. Â Since there seems to be a lot of activity on the blog about Reid, his note got me wondering how many of our registered pilots have a connection to this vintage aircraft happy airport? After a quick search I realized we have at least 5 lady taildraggers who are either training, got their rating and/or are based at Reid Hillview (where ‘tailwheel friendly’ seems to be an understatement!). Count ’em; Janet Gritter, Jan Johnson, Bonnie Ritchey, Jessy Panzer & Liz Smith!! Leave a ‘Comment’ if you want to be added to the list.
One of our students – now certified pilot, Jan Johnston, told me about you.
We are AeroDynamic Aviation, formerly Amelia Reid Aviation, flying school founded by Amelia Reid, who would definitely be on your list if she had still been alive.
As well as Jan and Bonnie, we have quite a few lady pilots that trained with us, a lady instructor, and a bunch of lady students.
We do most of our initial pilot training in taildraggers – usually Citabrias, and we also have a 1946 Champ, a 1945 Taylorcraft L-2, a Zlin Savage Classic, a Cessna 170 and a 180 hp Decathlon on line.”
“I enclose a couple of pictures of happy taildraggers in flight on our 50th birthday anniversary party. While they were flown by gentlemen, we did have four ladies with us, two certified pilots and two aspiring ones. At least one has now decided she wants to learn formation flying. Â I shall be delighted to let our lady taildraggers know about your site. I would love it if we had even more lady taildraggers! Â Best regards, Â Zdravko Podolski AeroDynamic Aviation Reid Hillview Airport San Jose, CA Â Aerodynamic Aviation