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Not Alone Up There

14

Feb 2013

Not Alone Up There

On a flight from Van Nuys California to Lake Havasu City Arizona in an Aviat Husky I had a first time experience. I was flying over the high desert between Mohave and Victorville when I heard the call over the radio. “UAV (unintelligible) traffic one O’clock, two miles, a Husky at seven thousand five hundred”. Right then I thought “Damn, the air traffic controller just...

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Corporate Aircraft 60 Years Apart

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Feb 2013

Corporate Aircraft 60 Years Apart

I have chosen to design my working life around my passion for flying. I enjoy introducing people to the wonder of flight, teaching people to fly and flying people around in their private aircraft. The other day I had the unique opportunity to fly two corporate aircraft that were built 60 years apart. I flew Estelle, built in 1952, as my commuter to an airport...

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Excuse To Go Flying

07

Feb 2013

Excuse To Go Flying

Being winter there are not an abundance of shows or fly-ins to attend. So I have to make excuses to go flying. This time the excuse was to drop off some business cards with a couple new contacts at Camarillo Airport and drop in on a friend. The weather was not even close to perfect but getting up in the air, if even for the...

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Destination Elimination Game

20

Jan 2013

Destination Elimination Game

The wonder of general aviation has so many facets but the one my wife and I come back to on a regular basis is that it is our time machine. General aviation makes it possible for us to take trips that would otherwise be impossible. This day started as many before it, a cup of coffee, some pancakes and eggs and the question, “where do...

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First Time Flying A Helicopter

14

Jan 2013

First Time Flying A Helicopter

So today was some kind of milestone in my life. I don’t know how significant it will turn out to be but today it is significant anyway. I flew a Hughes 500 helicopter for the first time. It was not my first time in a helicopter, but it was my first time as the sole manipulator of the controls. To put this in context, all...

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Review of Sporty’s Stratus ADSB

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Jan 2013

Review of Sporty’s Stratus ADSB

My review of Sporty’s Stratus ADSB comes after 20 hours of hands on flying. I have been flying with the Stratus since a warm August day in 2012 when I purchased it directly from Sporty’s Pilot Shop in Batavia Ohio. The first mission for my brand new ADSB was to help me cross the country from Ohio to Los Angeles in Estelle, our 195. I...

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Night Flying In Los Angeles

16

Dec 2012

Night Flying In Los Angeles

In my 7 years of flying in and around Los Angeles, I have never flown “Over” Los Angeles. I guess I haven’t had much of a reason to be that high right over LA. I have done a lot of night flying in Los Angeles, I am either leaving the area and climbing on my way out, descending on my way in or transiting at...

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Letter From Chief Pilot at Campi Ya Kanzi

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Dec 2012

Letter From Chief Pilot at Campi Ya Kanzi

Please find below my description of the job, and further below – the original description that I received when I was looking at the position 2 years ago. I am the current Chief Pilot, Lead Pilot, and liaison for Luca Safari Ltd. and will be in charge of your training and conversion, should you accept this position. Please take the opportunity to ask me any...

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Ladies Love Tail Draggers

07

Dec 2012

Ladies Love Tail Draggers

Judy, from Ladies Love Tail Draggers writes “LadiesLoveTaildraggers is an organization for women who LOVE THE FUN of flying taildraggers! We’re from every walk of life, every age group, with every possible rating – from student pilot to U2 pilot. One thing has brought us all together … an undeniable passion for flying taildraggers. We hope you enjoy the 2012 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Christmas video. Join us...

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Night Photo Shoot

05

Dec 2012

Night Photo Shoot

Estelle is such a great platform for photography. She has great lines, bright colors and a static beauty that begs to be photographed. A good friend of Wingster, JR Maddox Photography was interested in photographing Estelle at night. I don’t mean at sunset or with big bright lights, I mean DARK. I don’t know much about photography but I do know you need some light...

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Flying Into Mammoth Mountain Airport

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Nov 2012

Flying Into Mammoth Mountain Airport

I had the opportunity to fly into Mammoth a week after Thanksgiving to play in the snow for the day. I told a couple people about this flight and they appeared intimidated by the idea of flying into Mammoth Airport. Mammoth airport sits at an altitude of 7,135 feet which qualifies it as a mountain airport. It also sits in a valley that subjects it...

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Estelle Makes The Cut

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Nov 2012

Estelle Makes The Cut

Back in August Estelle had a video shoot with Flightline TV. We just found out that she made the cut and is going to be in season 3. She is proudly displayed in their intro :21 seconds into the video. We would like to thank Flightline TV for helping spread our message. Please support Flightline TV


Report From Flight Level 390

06

Nov 2012

Report From Flight Level 390

I picked up a contract gig in a Phenom 100 and the mission was to fly from Portland Oregon to Alexandria Minnesota. This flight can be a stretch for the Phenom 100 but we got some good tailwinds and were able to make it in under 3 hours. I can hardly express how much I enjoy flying this airplane. You can tell from the moment...

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AT6 Progress

03

Nov 2012

AT6 Progress

The progress continues on the North American AT-6 I have been helping with. Jason sent all of the steel parts out for new plating and they came back looking new. Now the process of putting everything back together begins. It is much slower putting it back together than taking it apart but hopefully it will stay together for many years. Some of the major areas...

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