Tag: wingster


Cessna Paint Job Progress

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Aug 2013

Cessna Paint Job Progress

The progress continues on the Cessna paint job. The entire airplane was stripped to bare metal, the few flaws in the airframe were exposed and repaired. Next everything was primed and readied for paint. I asked Century Aircraft Paint to provide me a small sample of the colors I had chosen and they prepared this well proportioned panel. This really shows me the weight of...

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Name That Airport

19

Jun 2013

Name That Airport

#NameThatAirport #flying #wingster


Touch and Go Landings in our Cessna 195 – Video

19

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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In And Out Of The Ice

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Feb 2013

In And Out Of The Ice

I had the opportunity to sit right seat in a Cessna 421 on a trip to Arizona and Back. The weather between Los Angeles and Northern Arizona wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. A cold front had just moved through California and was moving through Arizona, a cold front we would have to go directly through. What this meant was we were likely to...

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Destination Elimination Game

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Jan 2013

Destination Elimination Game

The wonder of general aviation has so many facets but the one my wife and I come back to on a regular basis is that it is our time machine. General aviation makes it possible for us to take trips that would otherwise be impossible. This day started as many before it, a cup of coffee, some pancakes and eggs and the question, “where do...

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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

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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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Hallowed Ground

22

Aug 2012

Hallowed Ground

We awoke in Frankenmuth Michigan and after a cup of coffee met with John Shelton the VP of Sales and Marketing of Zehnders properties. After a brief introduction we were introduced to Al Zehnder, the name says it all, we landed at Zehnders field, stayed at Zehnders hotel and water-park and ate at Zehnders famous chicken restaurant. It was a great morning learning of the...

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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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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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