Reid Hillview Airport, San Jose, CA

I received the following email from Zdravko Podolski of AeroDynamic Aviation at Reid Hillview Airport.  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.

“Hi Judy,

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.
 I shall be delighted to let our lady taildraggers know about your site. I would love it if we had even more lady taildraggers!
 Best regards,
 Zdravko Podolski
AeroDynamic Aviation
Reid Hillview Airport
San Jose, CA
 Aerodynamic Aviation
  • Gus casares
    Posted at 12:46h, 07 February Reply

    Hello , I am a former taildragger pilot.
    Formerly named Amelia Reid aviation.
    Anyone know. If possible to have pictures of the flight instructors in the 1980 + – . . My name is Gustavo casares. . I was a former student. At that time.. Thank you.
    Gus casares

  • Jan Johnson
    Posted at 16:54h, 09 April Reply

    I have Zdravko Podolski and AeroDynamic Aviation to thank for getting me to my Private checkride. I did all my training in a Piper Warrior at Palo Alto with my awesome CFI, Dr. Paul Kutler. But before the oral portion of my checkride began, the examiner determined that it was necessary for me to learn more about spin recovery before I would be ready to proceed with my checkride.

    I went to AeroDynamic Aviation for a spin recovery lesson with Zdravko and fell in love with tailwheel airplanes. I passed my checkride a week later and immediately started training for my tailwheel endorsement.

    There is no better place to learn to fly taildraggers than at AeroDynamic Aviation, at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, CA.

  • Janet Gritter
    Posted at 19:27h, 19 December Reply

    Great photo! I learned to fly out of RHV back in 1980 (out of then Western Aviation across the street from Amelia Reid Flight School)and I had the pleasure to take a flight with Amelia Reid way back then. RHV has a very special place in my heart!

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