Tag: estelle


Touch and Go Landings in our Cessna 195 – Video

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Jun 2013

Touch and Go Landings in our Cessna 195 – Video

If I have an hour to spare, I can’t think of a better way to spend it than doing laps in the pattern and doing some landings. We took Estelle out to stretch her legs in the pattern at Hawthorne Airport. None of the landings were great, but they were great fun. The second lap in the pattern we decide to “go around” and we...

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Goodyear Blimp Airship

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Mar 2013

Goodyear Blimp Airship

It was a gorgeous day in Southern California and so I decided to take Estelle, our Cessna 195, out for a trip down the coastline. I had just rounded the point off of Palos Verdes down by the Port of Long beach when I hear the call over the radio, “Hawthorne tower, airship six miles South, climbing to 2,000 feet, requesting permission to transition your...

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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

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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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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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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


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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Home For Maintenance

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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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