Nov 2018 Stephanie Bensinger (Florida)
Stephanie Bensinger is based at 9FL1, Flying W Air Ranch Airport,Â Bushnell, Florida.
Soloed in 1984 and flew ultralights until Sport Pilot came along. I now build, repair, and fly Experimentals.
Iâ€™ve been planning to join for a while now, and a trip I just took with my BFF in a taildragger triggered the desire to follow through. Last weekend I flew a Rans S-20 from central Florida to southern Kentucky and back with Cassandra Bradley (who also registered here this week), and we had incredible fun. Iâ€™m uploading some pictures of the trip. The first is on the way north.
Thereâ€™s much more I could write about the trip, but Iâ€™ll leave it at that. Thank you, Judy, for putting this all together!
Ratings: Sport Pilot, SEL, SES
Aircraft flown: Teratorn Tierra UL, Rans S-4 Coyote, Aventura II, CGS Hawk Arrow II, CGS Hawk Sport, Groppo Trail, Rans S-20 Raven. (These are just the planes I have built. There are many more on the list, including EAAâ€™s B-17 â€œAluminum Overcast.â€
Dream taildragger: Rans S-21 Outback.
Thoughts on taildragging: The same reason I prefer manual transmission cars. The more control I have over the machine, the more deep the experience, be it traveling down a road or feeling the slipstream of flight. Thereâ€™s also deep satisfaction in a perfectly executed shift or a grass-tickling three point. I canâ€™t discount the bragging rights, either. There are few men, and fewer women, who can competently fly taildraggers.