Nov 2012 Tanya Griffie (Washington)
Tanya Griffie is based atÂ KTUS, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona, Â KPAE, Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) and S43,Â Harvey Field Airport, Snohomish, Washington.
I am originally from Lynbrook, NY but I currently split my time between Tucson, AZ and Seattle (Everett), WA. I have been flying for almost 5 years and am a flight instructor with my CSEL, CSES and CMEL ratings. I love to fly and find myself becoming grumpy when I do not fly enough!
I always found taildraggers to be just incredible and beautiful aircraft. They were always the ones performing the mesmerizing loops and spins at the air shows I attended as a kid. Today, anything that improves my skills as a pilot appeals to me, and what better way to improve upon and gain even more respect for flying airplanes than to learn to fly a tailwheel? It has been incredibly fun to fly and land on grass (an actual soft field!), and really experience an aircraft that seriously requires the use of rudder pedals! My only regret is that I did not have the opportunity to do this sooner!
I have only had the chance to fly an Aeronca Champ so far but plan to be climbing into a Cessna 185 soon – and am hoping there will be many more to come!
Thanks so much for the warm welcome on Facebook! I look forward to hopefully meeting some of the ladies in this group sometime in the near future!!