Tag: Flying


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

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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

19

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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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.


Midnight Mission Time Machine

06

Jun 2012

Midnight Mission Time Machine

It doesn’t happen everyday, but when it does, it is a vivid reminder to me of how magical and special general aviation is.


Should You Carry A Survival Kit?

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Jun 2012

Should You Carry A Survival Kit?

I was reading a news story recently about a Cessna 172 that crashed in the mountains with a family of 3 aboard.  They all survived, took shelter in the airplane overnight and tended to their injuries. In the morning they made a cell phone call to 911.  It seems that they didn’t even remember that they had a cell phone until it rang.  I could...

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