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My Time Flying Phenom N108JA

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Oct 2012

My Time Flying Phenom N108JA

My time flying Phenom N108JA, a 2009 Embraer Phenom 100, started September 27th 2010. My total Jet time prior to this flight was less than 1 hour but I decided it was time to get my first type rating. I didn’t have a compelling reason to get a type rating other than to improve my professional skills, this was reason enough for me. Each make...

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Estelle Left Side Close Up

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Oct 2012

Estelle Photo Album

Cessna 195 Photo Album Estelle is our 1952 Cessna 195. She is on a mission to get kids excited about General Aviation. Estelle was purchased in early 2012 and brought back to Los Angeles from Minnesota. She was immediately taken to Chino Airport, where she was put in the capable hands of Century Aircraft Paint for her new paint scheme and colors. So far Estelle...

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AOPA Parade Of Planes

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Oct 2012

AOPA Parade Of Planes

Estelle just arrived home from a great week at the AOPA Summit Palm Springs and the AOPA Parade Of Planes. It was a very successful week introducing people to Estelle and her mission to share the passion for general aviation. It was a great experience taxiing from the Palm Springs airport 1.8 miles to the convention center. There were hundreds of people lining the streets...

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Thanks Zach

04

Oct 2012

Thanks Zach

Hello My name is Zach. On Saturday during the Air Races, my dad, and I his friend were admiring your plane and you let me sit in the pilot’s seat. I am emailing you to say thank you. That was the first time I have ever gotten to sit in the pilot’s seat of an airplane. Even before I met you and sat in your...

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Estelle Goes to Oshkosh – Part 1 – 6

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Sep 2012

Estelle Goes to Oshkosh – Part 1 – 6

Fresh out of the paint shop, Estelle is ready to show the world her new look. So we are flying to Oshkosh for the worlds biggest gathering of aircraft. First stop, Tucson, AZ, where we catch up with an old friend, Ash Vij. In the second episode, Estelle flies from Tucson AZ to Roswell NM where she encounters high winds. In Roswell, Ken and Michael...

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Progress is Beautiful

27

Sep 2012

Progress is Beautiful

The North American AT6 Restoration continues and we are already getting painted parts back. We have pulled everything we are intending to pull and now it’s time to clean, refurbish and replace. The decision was made to rebuild and repaint the landing gear, the parts were serviceable and seal kits are available. We disassembled the gear legs and a friend helped out and painted them....

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Reno Air Races

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Sep 2012

Reno Air Races

The Reno Air Races are a truly unique event. It almost seems that I get to watch something from the past, like barnstorming. Imagine 8 airplanes flying 50 feet above the ground, 1500 feet in front of you, in a 70-90 degree bank turn, flying up to 500 miles per hour. There is nowhere else on earth that this happens. Lots of people see air...

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Home For Maintenance

28

Aug 2012

Home For Maintenance

The last leg from Tucson to Van Nuys was blessed with blue skies and tailwinds. I think I was given a reprieve for all the weather I dealt with the day before. Flying Estelle, the leg from Tucson to Van Nuys would usually require a fuel stop somewhere along the route. Due to the very rare Westerly tailwinds I was able to make it non-stop...

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Weather Adventure

26

Aug 2012

Weather Adventure

My plan was to make as many miles as possible during daylight hours. I woke up at 5am, checked the weather and was at the airport setting up cameras and checking Estelle by 6am. Everything went smooth and I was wheels up at 6:24am. The ceilings were low but the visibility was 7 to 10 miles so I decided to continue the trek Southwest. My...

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Cheeky Weather

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Aug 2012

Cheeky Weather

I started out at Sporty’s for their boy scout aviation education event. Sporty’s setup a great program for the boy scouts to earn an aviation badge. The scouts went through each of 6 stations lasting 20 minutes each and were taught about aerodynamics, aviation instrumentation, proper preflight procedures, helicopter flight characteristics, foam airplane building and how hot air balloons work. The event wrapped up at...

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Almost Ground Looped

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Aug 2012

Almost Ground Looped

We started out the day as planned, be at the USAF museum when they open, tour the stuff we missed yesterday and then move on to Sporty’s Pilot Shop near Cincinnati. As we approached Clermont County I could hear that it was a busy airport. There were 2 already in the pattern and 2 on their way in, Sporty’s pilot training was in full force....

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Hallowed Ground

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Aug 2012

Hallowed Ground

We awoke in Frankenmuth Michigan and after a cup of coffee met with John Shelton the VP of Sales and Marketing of Zehnders properties. After a brief introduction we were introduced to Al Zehnder, the name says it all, we landed at Zehnders field, stayed at Zehnders hotel and water-park and ate at Zehnders famous chicken restaurant. It was a great morning learning of the...

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2501 Miles From Home

21

Aug 2012

2501 Miles From Home

The journey continues. Today we started in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin from where we headed up the West coast of Lake Michigan, following the shoreline until we crossed into Lake Huron. Just after crossing into Lake Huron we came upon Mackinac island (pronounced Makinaw). We landed and were instantly transported back in time. In 1898 motorized vehicles were banned and it has stayed that way ever...

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Oil Leak Fixed….. Yesterday

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Aug 2012

Oil Leak Fixed….. Yesterday

I was at Baraboo Dells airport at exactly 8am, this is the time I was told Tom from TC Air Care would be there. I needed the help of a professional and I wanted to make sure to get on his Monday Schedule. Tom was there and I explained my problem, he told me to bring the airplane over and we could get to work...

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