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Oshkosh Experience

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Jul 2012

Oshkosh Experience

Airventure Oshkosh is like nothing else on this planet for aviators and aviation enthusiasts. It really is difficult to explain without bringing everyone to the event, but I will give it a shot. Envision 75 Yellow Piper Cub airplanes, all in the sky at the same time, then parking with another 75 that are already there. 50 Mooney airplanes landing in one continuous stream. Now...

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Grand Finale, Landing at Oshkosh

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Jul 2012

Grand Finale, Landing at Oshkosh

“Red…. Blue.. Uhh.. Orange Cessna 195, follow the high wing ahead monitor tower 118.5, wait… everyone wants to know where you are from” This is an excerpt from the radio call that I received while over Fiske intersection just 6 miles from Oshkosh Airport. What a truly unique experience. When flying in controlled airspace there is always two way communication between the pilot and controller,...

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Estelle Lands at Her Birthplace

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Jul 2012

Estelle Lands at Her Birthplace

It has been 60 years since Estelle rolled off the assembly line at Cessna in Wichita and today she made a triumphant homecoming. Cessna have since moved their piston production to Independence Kansas so Estelle shared the ramp with many Ciatation Jets but I could tell she was happy to be home. On our third day of the adventure to Oshkosh our flight path took...

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Where Aliens Crash

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Jul 2012

Where Aliens Crash

Day two of our adventure to Oshkosh started under beautiful conditions in Tucson Arizona, it was early but Estelle, Ken and I were ready for the day. We took on 52 Gallons of fuel for our next leg to Roswell, New Mexico, said goodbye to our new friends at Million Air and fired up for another hot day of flying. Our planned route was to...

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Journey to Oshkosh Day One

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Jul 2012

Journey to Oshkosh Day One

Day one started out sunny and cool, a great Southern California morning. High clouds, light breeze and my heart pounding about the upcoming journey. It was just last night at 8:30pm that I took delivery of Estelle with her new paint job and several repaired maintenance items. I have flown Estelle before but it was over two months ago and I am loading her up...

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Learning to Fly, Where to Start

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Jul 2012

Learning to Fly, Where to Start

I talked to two people in the last few days that are interested in learning to fly, but they don’t know where to start. This is a common problem in aviation and the problem is only getting worse with fences and access restrictions at airports around the country making the airports look less than welcoming. Let me be the first to tell you that as...

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Airplane Camping

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Jun 2012

Airplane Camping

If you have never been airplane camping, I would like to strongly recommend it.  I borrowed a friend’s Cessna 206 this weekend, and took my wife and a couple friends to fly in campgrounds in Kernville, CA (L05) for a weekend of rafting, campfires and smores.


Painting Estelle Update

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Jun 2012

Painting Estelle Update

We are getting so close now.  Erik and I went by Century Aircraft Paint today and argued about the radius of a particular circle we wanted to recreate.


Midnight Mission Time Machine

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Jun 2012

Midnight Mission Time Machine

It doesn’t happen everyday, but when it does, it is a vivid reminder to me of how magical and special general aviation is.


Wingster – Trailer

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Jun 2012

Wingster – Trailer

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World’s Coolest Weathervane – DC3

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Jun 2012

World’s Coolest Weathervane – DC3

On our trip to Anchorage Alaska to drop off a WWII Japanese Zero, we stopped in a town called Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada.  Because of weather and other circumstances, we were stuck in town for the night and decided we would walk around.  As we were leaving the airport property, we walked in front of the transport museum.  To our amazement we...

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