The 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Scholarships. For Ladies, By Ladies!

2018 Scholarship Applications are now closed.

Applications will be available January 1, 2019.

Lady pilots, it’s time to apply for the 2018 LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ scholarships! I am thrilled to report we are offering SIX fantastic scholarships this year, each one more exciting than the next. I know you’re anxious to pore through them all and decide which one is calling your name, but hold on — there’s more big news.

I’ve made one teeny change to our 2018 scholarship program, but that little change has colossal implications. No longer will our scholarship winners receive training from men CFIs. In 2018, all flight training will be performed by women CFIs or women-owned flight schools. Our mission is to encourage more women to fly tailwheel aircraft and I can think of no better way to inspire applicants than to highlight highly competent, excellent female instructors from across the U.S.

Our scholarship winners have been trained by several dynamic male instructors in the past. Each instructed with excellence and skill and we are grateful. Over the years, Brian Lansburgh, owner/CFI at Tailwheel Town, has donated many tailwheel endorsements. He’s behind us 100% and believes, as an organization, we are moving in the right direction. This change, however, is not about men, it’s about expanding the focus and opportunities that await all women in aviation.

Our tailwheel endorsement scholarships are open to all female nosewheel pilots. Those who apply for a tailwheel endorsement scholarship will automatically be considered for all tailwheel endorsement scholarships. The advanced training scholarships are available to any female taildragger pilot including LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ members. Applicants must apply for each advanced training scholarship separately. 2018 is going to be a great year for six deserving lady pilots. Why not YOU?!!

Online applications are due by midnight February 28, 2018 and the scholarship winners will be announced no later than April 15, 2018. Winning applicants must complete flight instruction by November 30, 2018 or scholarship is void.

Carol Walker

Scholarship #1 Tailwheel Endorsement; Training by Carol Walker. Are you a female nose-wheel pilot who would love to earn your tailwheel endorsement? Here’s your chance to fly with Carol Walker of Big Q Aviation, KJWY, Midway Regional Airport, 30 miles south of downtown Dallas, Texas. Carol is well-known and highly respected in the aviation community. She is owner of Big Q Aviation and a CFIG, DPE, MEI, CFI, & CFII. Instruction will be given in a J3 Cub over 2 days with a 3rd day as needed in the event of wind or weather. Scholarship includes fixed travel expense allowance of $600.00. Total Scholarship value $1400.00. Apply Here for Tailwheel Endorsement Training in Texas by Carol Walker. 

Debby Rihn-Harvey

Scholarship #2 Tailwheel Endorsement; Training by Debby Rihn-Harvey. Earn your tailwheel endorsement from a legend; airshow performer, highest-ranked overall aerobatic competitor in the U.S. and recently retired airline captain Debby Rihn-Harvey. You’ll receive ground instruction and fly between 5 – 10 hours in a Super Decathlon, all spread across several days.  Harvey & Rihn Aviation  is located at T41, La Porte Municipal Airport on the east side of Houston, Texas. Scholarship includes fixed travel expense allowance of $600.00. Total Scholarship value $2100.00.  Apply Here for Tailwheel Endorsement in Texas by Debby Rihn-Harvey.

Catherine Cavagnaro

Scholarship #3 (Advanced Training) Spin Training; Instruction by Catherine Cavagnaro, owner of Ace Aerobatic School located at the Sewanee-Franklin County Airport (KUOS) on the campus of the University of the South. Catherine Cavagnaro holds an ATP, CFI-I and is a designated pilot examiner (DPE). She is also a Professor of Mathematics at the University of the South and has served as a spin demonstration pilot at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) as well as on research and flight testing teams for the aircraft icing project using the UTSI variable-stability Navion. The spin course covers spin theory, efficient recovery and typical flight situations that lead to inadvertent spins. Recoveries by instruments, emergency spin recovery procedures and a twenty turn spin may be included. The course may serve as a spin sign-off for the aspiring flight instructor as required by 14 CFR 61.183.   The Cessna Aerobat provides a solid and safe trainer for spins. With approximately three to four hours of ground school and two flights, this is normally a one-day course. Scholarship includes fixed travel expense allowance of $600.00. Total Scholarship value $1400.00. Apply Here for Spin & Aerobatics Training in Tennessee by Catherine Cavagnaro.

Jeanne MacPherson

Scholarship #4 Emergency Maneuver Training by Jeanne McPherson (Advanced Training/Tailwheel Endorsement Required).
Jeanne was the 2011 Montana Pilot of the Year, is a Master Flight Instructor and specializes in Mountain flying, Emergency Maneuver Training, and spin and basic aerobatic training. She is a commercial pilot and CFII with SEL, MEL, and SES ratings. Jeanne owns and operates Mountain Air Dance in Helena, Montana. Instruction includes EMT Module 1, Stall/Spin Awareness. (Climbing Dutch Rolls, Turns & Slow Flight, Stalls—Power On & Power Off, Rudder Stall Exercise, Spin Orientation, 180 Degree Power Off Approach to Land, Unusual Attitudes—Spin Recoveries, Skidding Turns, Critical Flight Operations, Spirals and more). The scholarship includes 4 flight hours and 4 ground hours over 2 days. Scholarship includes fixed travel expense allowance of $600.00. Total Scholarship value $1660.00.  Apply Here for Emergency Maneuver Training in Montana with Jeanne McPherson. 

Scholarship #5 Mountain Flying Course with Jennifer Watson (Advanced Training/Tailwheel Endorsement Required). Jennifer is co-owner and Chief Instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation, Reid-Hillview Airport (KRHV), San Jose, California. This scholarship is for a one-day Mountain Flying Training course departing from Reid-Hillview Airport (KRHV). Right on the doorstep of the San Francisco Bay Area are the Sierras, the highest mountains in the continental US. They contain many airports over a mile high. Program involves ground instruction, followed by a full day’s flying to several airports, at successively greater elevations. Airports will vary depending on conditions but typically include Mammoth, Blue Canyon, Truckee, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe. Learn how to handle high-elevation airports, how to read mountain winds, and how to fly the Sierras safely for some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Time: Approximately 5 hrs dual. Please allow an extra 1 to 2 days in the event of weather over the Sierras. Scholarship includes fixed travel expense allowance of $600.00. Total Scholarship value $1600.00. Note: With a new baby there is a chance Jennifer Watson will be unavailable. In that event, several women instructors will be available to teach mountain flying.  Apply Here for Mountain Flying Course in California with Jennifer Watson at AeroDynamic Aviation. 

Scholarship #6 The International Stinson Club Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship. This scholarship is provided by the International Stinson Club and includes $1,000 in Tailwheel training from a CFI of the winner’s choice. The scholarship winner will also receive a 1-yr membership in the International Stinson Club.There is no requirement to train in a Stinson aircraft. The goal of the International Stinson Club is to help increase the number of tailwheel pilots and to promote the Stinson brand. Scholarship winner will be responsible for researching and selecting a flight school/CFI. Value $1,000. Apply Here for the International Stinson Club Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship. 

Requirements for applicants:

Must be female
Must be a minimum 18 years of age by May 1, 2018
Must hold a minimum of Sport Pilot certificate
Must write a short post about your training experience for LadiesLoveTaildraggers
Must be passionate about taildragging!

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