Tag: Cross Country


Our Grand Adventure Flying with a A6M Japanese Zero – Video

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Jul 2013

Our Grand Adventure Flying with a A6M Japanese Zero – Video

It was an adventure that we probably won’t get to repeat, flying from Southern California to Anchorage Alaska, escorting one of the last 4 flying Japanese Zero Fighters. Flying any single engine piston airplane from California to Alaska would be an epic adventure, flying a WWII fighter that far, over that terrain, isn’t for the faint of heart. Enjoy this trailer for the upcoming episodes...

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Husky Flight From Arizona to Wyoming – Video

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Jul 2013

Husky Flight From Arizona to Wyoming – Video

I recently had the opportunity to fly an Aviat Husky A-1C from Arizona, through the mountains to Alpine Wyoming. Along the route I encountered Thunderstorms, high winds and blue skies. It was an amazing day. I squeezed 7 hours of flying into a short 3 min video. I hope you enjoy it.


Not Alone Up There

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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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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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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

23

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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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

20

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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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

18

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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Phenom 100 Delivery, Brazil to India

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Aug 2012

Phenom 100 Delivery, Brazil to India

What does it take to safely get a Phenom 100 from Brazil to India? Follow along with Jet Aviva’s Marcio Lucchese on a trip that covers 14 countries over 4 continents in just 10 days.


Grand Finale, Landing at Oshkosh

22

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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