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...
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...
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...
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.
If you have never been airplane camping, I would like to strongly recommend it. I borrowed a friend’s Cessna 206 this weekend, and took my wife and a couple friends to fly in campgrounds in Kernville, CA (L05) for a weekend of rafting, campfires and smores.
Things are seldom as they appear at face value. When I take something apart to fix a problem, I usually discover another problem to fix.
We are getting so close now. Erik and I went by Century Aircraft Paint today and argued about the radius of a particular circle we wanted to recreate.
This weekend my wife and I took the Columbia 400 for a flight to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a weekend of relaxing and hiking.
It doesn’t happen everyday, but when it does, it is a vivid reminder to me of how magical and special general aviation is.
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On our trip to Anchorage Alaska to drop off a WWII Japanese Zero, we stopped in a town called Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Because of weather and other circumstances, we were stuck in town for the night and decided we would walk around. As we were leaving the airport property, we walked in front of the transport museum. To our amazement we...
We just received notice that the first bit of color was sprayed onto Estelle today. Send us a message stating what the orange part is, and we will add 100 points to your account.
Erik and Michael went to Century Aircraft Paint today to check on the progress of Estelle’s paint job. It is coming along great. All of the stripping and sanding is complete, and
This morning at 2am, the Mitsubishi Zero adventure in Alaska came to an end. An exhausted Michael and Ken landed safely in Van Nuys, and quietly tucked the Columbia 400 into her hangar.