Tag: wingster airplane


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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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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Oshkosh Experience

27

Jul 2012

Oshkosh Experience

Airventure Oshkosh is like nothing else on this planet for aviators and aviation enthusiasts. It really is difficult to explain without bringing everyone to the event, but I will give it a shot. Envision 75 Yellow Piper Cub airplanes, all in the sky at the same time, then parking with another 75 that are already there. 50 Mooney airplanes landing in one continuous stream. Now...

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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

20

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

18

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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Estelle’s New Paint

18

Jul 2012

Estelle’s New Paint

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...

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