Wingster


Grounded

19

Aug 2012

Grounded

11 large screws, 3 short bolts and 10 Dzus fasteners is what holds in place the 3 piece cowling and 3 piece accessory cover of the Cessna 195. I know this because I have removed and replaced it twice in the last two days. When you are sitting at home daydreaming about your upcoming adventures, you inevitably get to the realization that while flying a...

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Behind, Behind the Scenes

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Aug 2012

Behind, Behind the Scenes

What a fantastic day, filming with Flightline TV. It began with waking to sunshine blazing through the hotel window. It was 6:30 am and in just a few short hours I would be flying formation with an AT-6, filming an episode for The Flightline TV. We met with Mark, Paul and Mike of Flightline TV at Flying Cloud Municipal Airport where they equipped Estelle with...

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2012 Reno Air Races

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Aug 2012

2012 Reno Air Races

If you have not been to the Reno Air Races now is the time to go. The Reno Air Races date back to 1964 when Bill Stead organized an air race near Reno. The event has only been cancelled once, in 2001, when all airplanes were grounded. The Reno Air Races consist of 5 days of action packed, adrenaline pumping, wingtip to wingtip racing. I...

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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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Estelle’s New Paint

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Jul 2012

Estelle’s New Paint

Estelle had a makeover and she is ready for the world to see. Eveline and the crew at Century Aircraft Paint really went above and beyond on this paint job. I can not believe the artistry that went into the layup of paint. First the airplane was stripped down to bare metal, exposing any imperfections, which were promptly fixed. Next primer was applied to the...

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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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Picking Up Estelle, Videos 1-3

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Jul 2012

Picking Up Estelle, Videos 1-3

In this episode, Wingster takes posession of of its new airplane, Estelle, Michael gets some instruction in the safe operation of a Cessna 195, and tailwheel troubles provide an opportunity to take a short tour of Goodland, Kansas.


Pilatus PC-12 NG Review

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Jul 2012

Pilatus PC-12 NG Review

From our friends at Jet Aviva comes this great review of the Pilatus PC-12 NG. David Lee takes you through the lineage of the PC-12 noting differences and improvements. Then you are taken on a flight in the PC-12 NG, what a great video.



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