“Woman Wise Airmanship” Fly-In Adventure

I’m very excited to invite all the lady taildraggers to a very special fly-in that’s so much more than any fly-in you’ve ever been to! The planning for this event has been in the works for many months. Now, it’s finally time to register for this “one of a kind” Fly-In & Symposium, hosted by Christina Chapman, designed just for women  – women aviatrixes!! Christina is a passionate adventurer, a published author with a 25 year career in psychology and has a fun and dynamic approach to life!

Update: Christina’s Blog is now active and ladies can subscribe to get the latest posts and updates on the fly-in. You’ll see new info about the flyin as Christina gets it posted including the What to Bring List, the Flight Instructor Bios, address for lodge to mail things ahead etc. Here’s the link Woman Wise Airmanship Fly-in Blog

Christina with her American Champion Scout

Christina has put together an incredible 4 day event for women – about women!
Eat, Play, Learn, Fly-In!!
July 7 – 10, 2011
Smiley Creek Airstrip U87, Smiley Creek, Idaho
7160 MSL, 4900′ x 150′ Turf
Unattended, high density altitude airport
CTAF 122.9

Camping at Smiley Creek, Idaho

This is a multi-faceted 4 day adventure where you are free to pick and choose what you’d like to participate in:

*A fly-in

*A symposium that salutes women aloft and how we can have our femaleness and the cockpit too

*Group BBQ

*Back-country flight instruction (extra charge)

*Mini Spa

*World class hiking & fishing

*Pottery lessons

*Bazaar booths lining the runway with items for sale & special book signing Saturday

*Shopping in Sun Valley (45 min drive or 15 min flight)

*Female Pilot Camaraderie & Networking

Come and discover what makes an aviatrix unique and how she can use her charms to achieve excellence aloft.

Lodge & Restaurant

Free Camping with hot showers and toilets

Lodge & Teepees across the street at modest fee

Courtesy Van just $5/day

Dining at Lodge

Stay in a Teepee!

Inside Teepee

Symposium at Smiley Creek Airport

Presented by Christina Chapman, M.A.

Personal & Executive Consulting, Backcountry Pilot



Thursday, July 7

2 – 3 hours of topics scheduled around activities, flying & weather

How gender shapes us

Stereotype to strengths

Pilot personality

The aviation culture

Traditional barriers for women

Learned helplessness to Learned optimism

Female styles of power and leadership


Friday, July 8

2 – 3 hours of topics scheduled around activities, flying & weather

The glass cockpit is half full

New perceptions for accomplishment

Action and resolve creates progress

Woman Wise Airmanship Model

Flourishing in aviation

The new wright stuff

Individual Woman Wise Airmanship plan

The Study


Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10, 6:30 am – noon

Introductory back-country flight instruction. Certified and experienced flight instructors available at extra cost. Sure to delight and reinforce new perceptions of self, aviation & Idaho!

Also Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10

2 – 3 hours of topics scheduled around activities, flying & weather


Click here to make your reservation for the event,  REGISTRATION

To make a reservation for the lodge, cabin or individual teepees contact: Smiley Creek Lodge

When calling the Lodge be sure and state you are with the Women’s Fly In.

Camping on the strip is free – plush with toilets and hot shower bathhouse. No reservation required.


Bio: Christina Chapman M.A.

Christina explores personal riches to create direction, happiness, leadership, ultimate health, wealth, and PEAK PERFORMANCE. Her aim is personal excellence. Her style is fun and dynamic. From a 25+ year career in psychology, Christina counseled a variety of people and issues. After her first decade in the business, she switched to positive psychology. She then guided Olympic athletes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for 10 years beyond perceived physical, mental, and emotional limitations to reach their stars. She continued afterwards in other sports: Golf, snowmobile racing, cycling, & archery.

As a backcountry pilot flying central Idaho wilderness, Christina adapted pearls of wisdom learned from world class competitors to aviation and airmanship…Christina developed her STARS of EXCELLENCE program, identifying individual passion & strengths, to tailor learning adventures. Paired  with natural character & habits of action, excellence is created. Olympic level living fits any area of your life. Especially mental proficiency and airmanship in aviation! Learn what it takes to be a successful, tough-minded, fun loving aviator!


Questions to  christina@mindelevations.com

Download the brochure for more details and a printable copy:  Fly-In Brochure

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 07:50h, 06 July Reply

    I’ll see everyone at Smiley Creek! I’m leaving today a day early to prep. See you tomorrow. Have safe travels. We’re in for some great fun and learning.

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 08:36h, 29 June Reply

    Christina, anything in particular we need to bring? What’s available close-by? How rugged is the hiking (ie, which hiking boots I should bring)?

    Looking forward to next week!

    • Anne Wright
      Posted at 08:47h, 29 June Reply

      Oops, sorry, I just saw the list on your blog.

      But still want to know how rugged the hiking is going to be so I know which hiking boots to bring with me.

      Also if anything is nearby, besides the lodge.

      Judy & I are flying commercial, so we’ll appreciate camp chairs – thanks!

      • christina chapman
        Posted at 21:28h, 30 June Reply


        Hiking is easy to moderate. You can find difficult trails up on the pass but I’m sure you will be fine in just trail type running shoes or your favorite hiking boot. I’ll bring extra camp chairs for you both–and a few others just in case. If you subscribe to my blog, you’ll get all the updates and postings… No fee. Really looking forward to the fly in.

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 11:49h, 23 June Reply

    It’s almost July and registrations are coming in for the fly in. Realize that while I really appreciate pre-registrations for planning purposes, if you want to attend but not sure until the last moment, just fly out and register “at the door”. We can make it work!

    Those wanted to share travel costs, just go to my website blog and post a request (www.mindelevations.com).

    Call with any questions or comments: 208-634-9855. See you soon!

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 12:30h, 17 June Reply

    Ladies! My blog is active. Go to http://www.mindelevations.com, go to services, then click on BLUE blog on left (the red one isn’t working yet???). The transportation/partner board is ready. Those seeking rides or to share costs, please post a comment. You can subscribe to the blog so that every time a comment is posted you will get an email. That way you can stay current on fly-in updates, rides information, and more…

    Also, you can mail ahead your boxes/stuff if you think you are too heavy or bulking out. Address is already posted on the blog.

    See you soon!

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 19:24h, 15 June Reply

    Okay ladies, we’re less than a month away. I’m quite excited. So much is happening right now. Realize that there are 5 lady pilots in Co and 1 in WA that want to work out rides/share travel costs. With that in mind, I installed a blog onto my website http://www.mindelevations.com (right side in header). Post a comment if you are seeking a ride (car or plane) and will share costs. Don’t leave your personal contact info unless you don’t mind. Make sure you email me that information. When someone lets you know by posting a comment back to you, I will then email you both the vital contact info and away you go. If you don’t mind putting your email out there in “public land”, fine. Just do it. Easier for folks to reach you. If you want the protection, I can be the go-between…

    Next announcement–also on my blog as well–Rich Bush ATP and backcountry flight instructor will provide a backcountry ground school basic lesson first evening before most flight instruction. Galen and Rich will team up to present a wonderful overview for you. It should really whet your appetite and orient you before your flight instruction. If you’re not taking any flight instruction, fine, you may simply enjoy learning the overview anyway. Or, build a campfire and relax. It’s all good.

    Check out my blog for updates, What to Bring List, Flight Instructor Bios and more…

    See you soon!

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 08:18h, 15 June Reply

    Hey, I just got a message from Christina that she has received my registration and payment! I’m so excited…and it blows me away how nominal the fee is for a 4 day long learning adventure. I love the mountains, I LUUUV the accessibility to the mountains that the state of Idaho allows recreational aviation, I love camping and fishing and hiking…and I can’t wait to meet a few other ladies with non-traditional interests like myself. I also signed up to fly with an experienced ID backcounty instructor a few times. Smiley Creek looks like a walk-in-the-park, but I’m sure the local instructors’ will challenge me to acheive “new heights”. This is going to be great. Please register ladies! Lets show the aviation community that “We Can”.

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 19:17h, 15 June Reply

      Thanks Lisa. You’re a shot in the arm and a breath of fresh air too! Must be that flight over the elk calves!

      You’re right about learning about Smiley Creek airstrip. Each backcountry airstrip out here has their own particular tricks, concerns, and joys. One concern, but not an issue, at Smiley Creek is high density altitude. Early morning and evening arrivals/departures are best, hence why the flight instruction is early morning each day. Glad you’re taking flight instruction.

      Read my next pos here–a general one for all regarding the symposium and the backcountry instruction.

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 19:35h, 08 June Reply

    I’m getting calls/emails from women that want to attend the fly in and want to share costs. Anyone planning to attend from Washington? I can put you in contact with Ruth. Also, Sue from Colorado would like to attend but doesn’t want the 12-hour roundtrip costs. Anyone from Colorado (besides Gail Schipper and Stephanie Wells who are traveling together in an RV6–unless you have room???).
    Anyone that is considering attending but has hesitated due to costs, contact me. I’ve started a “Partner List” to help match planes, pilots, or even drivers. Use my email: Christina@mindelevations.com and I’ll keep the list going… We can get creative!

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 15:25h, 02 June Reply

    Anyone can register for the fly in here on LLT or on my website http://www.mindelevations.com (go to services, then click on fly in). Pay pal is set up or mail to Mind Elevations Box 4666 McCall ID 83638. In a couple weeks, you will receive a What To Bring List especially helpful for those that have never been out here before or to any sort of fly-in camping. Stay tuned.

  • Judy
    Posted at 19:10h, 24 May Reply

    Hey Christina, don’t forget about Indiana – I’m coming too!! Stay tuned ladies, the official online registration and Paypal link will be up very soon. Don’t let that stop you from signing up in the meantime. Email christina@mindelevations.com or ladytaildraggers@gmail.com.

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 10:24h, 25 May Reply

      Oh yes, include Indiana in the state line up from the women participants to this fly in. That makes 13 lucky states so far. Come on Montana!!! You’re Idaho’s neighbor. And, Oregon too!!! Come on out. We want great representation at this event and especially the Northwest Region since we’re closest. Spouses, kids, and friends are welcome–plenty recreation to occupy them while we’re busy and plenty of time to spend with your loved ones and friends outside daily symposium times. It will be a memorable symposium AND vacation.

      • Lisa Martin
        Posted at 07:59h, 26 May Reply

        I’m glad you said spouses are welcome. I have a friend who likes to fly with me, but has not started getting her license yet, that is probably coming with me. But, if she can’t make it I would like to drag my husband along for company.

  • Deborah Abingdon
    Posted at 19:09h, 24 May Reply

    I live in the mountains of south-central New Mexico and teach aviation basics to young people who want to become air traffic controllers. I am thrilled about the opportunity to attend this Idaho fly-in. My foster daughter and I plan to sleep in one of the Smiley Creek teepees! I look forward to meeting others that share my passion for aviation!

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 17:41h, 24 May Reply

    Ladies, the Smiley Creek fly-in is building momentum. Right now women from states far and wide are planning to attend. Here’s the run down on states: Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, California, Washington, and New Mexico! WOW. That’s impressive. Yeah! Looking forward to meeting everyone. We’re going to have a great time.

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 12:20h, 23 May Reply

    Update on the women’s fly in. Please say you’re with the women’s fly in this July when you contact Smiley Creek Lodge for lodging or use my name. Jessica, who works there, mistakenly turned some folks away because she didn’t realize that they were with our fly in. We have a couple of lodge rooms left and now 2 of the 3 teepees are available. Of course, camping is free and has hot showers and toilets. Registration forms on my website will be available soon. I will use the information for stats and general info for my symposium. No info will be given out. Pay Pal is also about ready on my site too. In the meantime, you can mail your checks to Mind Elevations Box 4666 McCall Idaho, 83638. I’m very excited and look forward to meeting you all there.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 18:11h, 11 May Reply

    Do we bring our own airplane tie down straps?

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 17:41h, 12 May Reply


      Good question. Yes. There is a limited number and just in case of bad winds…
      Within another week I’ll have a “what to bring list” to clarify, especially for those that haven’t done this sort of flying/camping before, what is useful to have.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 14:21h, 10 May Reply

    That sounds like so much fun. I sent Christina an email to get signed up and find out if I need to send a check. I’d still love to get to OK too, but it’s much farther away and the weather has been so nasty that I’m still waiting until closer to decide…but definately I want to go to ID!

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 15:27h, 10 May Reply

      Lisa, Yes, I got your email. GLAD you’re coming. For now, until my Pay Pal glitches are worked out, just send checks to MIND ELEVATIONS, Box 4666 McCall ID, 83638. That’ll work just fine for now. You and your Super Cub are very welcome to share the airstrip for camping. You are in for a real treat if you haven’t been to Smiley Creek before. If you have, you know what I mean! Can’t wait to meet you! See you in July!

  • Judy Birchler
    Judy Birchler
    Posted at 19:22h, 04 May Reply

    Lynn, so cool you’re going to make it out!! Nice to have friends that’ll let you borrow a Highlander. Gotta love that! Hope Tracy figures a way to get out there too. Wondering if either of you knows a gal that was scheduled to speak at a local EAA meeting a couple nights ago about Rans aircraft – Michelle Cassell? She had to cancel at the last minute but is rescheduling.

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 15:44h, 10 May Reply

      Judy, You’re blog has been a fantastic means of communication. Thanks again. Here’s the latest. AOPA, WIA, and now EAA all want to send a writer to cover the event. That is great coverage for WOMEN PILOTS everywhere. It will be great coverage for anyone that wants to have an airstrip “Booth” (defined loosely) to show wares, books, tee shirts, etc. No extra charge if you want to pop up a little something and gets some exposure and/or sales.

      My website is being updated. There will be a registration form and Pay Pal soon–by May 14th. In the meantime, you can send checks directly. Details are in my response to Lisa Martin regarding address etc.

      Thanks to all for spreading the word and posting your enthusiastic comments. I appreciate all efforts to inform others and to arrange your life so you can attend. I will make it worth your while!

  • Lynn Gardner
    Posted at 06:01h, 04 May Reply

    Talked to Tracy Standish in Kansas and she may try to get free. It is wheat harvest around that time. Anyway, I found a Highlander I can borrow, YEAAA!, just have to figure out how to make it all the way out and back in 7 days. Not a problem….I am SUPERWOMEN, right! LOL

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 15:31h, 10 May Reply


      So glad you found a Highlander for your journey. And thanks for encouraging Tracy. The more the merrier and I really appreciate all that everyone is doing to spread the word and get the time off to make this event. Let me know if there is anything you (and Tracy) might need for your trip. It will be lots of fun. My reply to Lisa Martin identifies who to make the checks out to and where to mail them. Also, please note I will have a registration form on my website ASAP. If it’s not up (Under construction as they say), I will get it to you later… See you in July.

  • Laura
    Posted at 11:14h, 01 May Reply

    Doh! I can’t make it this year. I hope the event is a success and becomes an annual occurance. I’ll certainly clear my calendar for any similar events in the future.

    • christina chapman
      Posted at 16:00h, 10 May Reply


      I hope this is an annual event too. By all the support, sponsorship, early sign ups, and media attention, there is a good chance it will! You’ll read about the symposium and all the happenings in articles written by attending writers from AOPA, WIA, and EAA. I know Judy will have a video on LLT. I will have a videographer at the event from Sun Valley who will make a professional clip for my website as well. Between all of that, you will have a great idea of what it was like. And, I know you won’t miss the next one. Thanks for your kind consideration.

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 09:42h, 30 April Reply

    Hi Lynn, hope you can make it! I really enjoyed meeting & talking with you at SnF. Just jump on a smoker and come join us – Judy & I are flying out from Indy.

    Christina, yes, Anne from Michigan, and I can’t wait! I plan to do some mountain flying Sat., maybe Sunday too (depending on our flight back home). Also some hiking in those beautiful mountains!

  • Lynn Gardner
    Posted at 06:26h, 30 April Reply

    I gotta try and figure out how to do this. Sounds like something I don’t want to miss. BTW one of those pic’s looked like Garden Valley?? I have that weekend off, but it getting an airplane out and back is another story.

  • windy
    Posted at 18:41h, 29 April Reply

    If you’ve never been to Smiley Creek, you’re going to love it! It’s one of the best backcountry camping spots in Idaho and the sunsets over the Sawtooth Mountains are spectacular. It should be an excellent weekend!! Hope to see you there.

  • Steve Wright
    Posted at 19:19h, 24 April Reply

    Wow!! Perfect time to fly Idaho, so much to explore from Smiley Creek. I won’t miss this one, so count me in! Looking forward to an inspirational fly-in.

  • Galen L Hanselman
    Posted at 10:53h, 20 April Reply

    Hi Christina,
    This sounds like WAY too much fun. If it would work out, I’d like to join you and the girls on the afternoon/evening of July 7th to sign copies of “Fly Idaho!” and answer any questions about flying the Idaho backcountry. Books are available on our website.

    Best wishes to all,

    Galen L Hanselman

  • Beverly Anderson
    Posted at 20:42h, 17 April Reply

    Smiley Creek is such a perfect place to have a gathering of women, pilots or not. The camping is exceptional with beautiful lush grass to pitch your tent, heated bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets and……. A Restaurant across the street.

  • Joy
    Posted at 23:46h, 16 April Reply

    Christina, What a great idea! Sure wish I could get down to Idaho, but it is a little more than I can get done this summer, from Alaska. Sure miss the Beautiful Idaho Backcountry, and really miss all the wonderful flying girlfriends I have there in McCall. Smiley Creek will be a perfect place for a flyin, I have enjoyed camping there many times over the year, and some of the best flyins there were the ones with just the women meeting up there. What a magic place! Have fun and think of me, as I will be missing the fun there.

  • kathy muench
    Posted at 18:29h, 16 April Reply

    This sounds like an awesome event and I am not even a pilot! I don’t doubt I will come away from this symposium w/new insight and strength. To pair this with outstanding Idaho scenery and
    fun events like kayaking on Redfish Lake puts this one over the top. I am excited to attend. Thank you!

  • christina Chapman
    Posted at 15:30h, 16 April Reply


    From Michigan right? Can’t wait to meet you in Smiley Creek and see your wide eyes and grin. It is truly beautiful here and the aviation like nothing you’ve ever seen, I bet. The symposium will definetly help your flying and new sport. Plus, fun activities include optional kayaking, biking (rented equipment), swimming, sunning, burgers and beer at Redfish Lake, the airstrip mini-spa, book signings, and booths all designed to elevate each participant to new heights. It is a personal and aviation adventue. Thanks for signing up early.

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 11:03h, 16 April Reply

    Christina, I’ll see you in July at your seminar! Judy called me, said she wanted to go, and I jumped right in – I can’t wait to see your beautiful “backyard”! Your seminar will hopefully help me with my flying and my newest sport, short-track speedskating. Woo hoo!

  • Judy Birchler
    Judy Birchler
    Posted at 16:40h, 15 April Reply

    I’m going – I’m going!!! My first trip to Idaho – very exciting. Can’t wait to meet everyone!

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