N1733G Custom Radio Control Model Build

N1733G was honored with a custom radio control model by Austrian builder Daniel Hirscher of DH-Colorworks. This large scale model is highly accurate and detailed, right down to the rivet. He must have been working from some pictures from the Mideast portion of the trip, because Gina is never that dirty for long!

Hawaii to California to Nevada

 

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Pat, from Eastwest Avionics, assisted me with troubleshooting the autopilot problem. Thank you Pat!

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America cruise ship returning to port.

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Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

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Oahu’s Diamond Head is Hawaii’s most recognized landmark.

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Oahu’s Hanauma Bay State Park.

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My view of the Pacific for the remaining 10-hours of daylight.  Solid undercast clouds and clear blue skies provided a perfect day to fly, despite the constant headlwind for over 13-hours.

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Note to Dr. James Koch: didn’t get a chance to tell you before I departed that your patch would be traveling around the world with me.

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Another beautiful sunset off my left wing.

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Full moon rising off my right wing.

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While taking a short tour of the San Francisco Bay, I couldn’t help but notice the traffic at the Bay Bridge toll booths.

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Alcatraz Island – is home to the first lighthouse and US build fort on the West Coast and is the infamous former federal penitentiary.

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The Golden Gate Bridge.

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Snow in the Sierra Mountians.

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South Lake Tahoe in Sierra Nevada.

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Heavenly Mountain ski resort in South Lake Tahoe.

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Descending to Minden, Nevada where I will leave 33G with my good friend Dave Monti, while I return home to fly with JetBlue.  The remainder of my journey will resume on or about 7 June when I’ll be traveling back to Minden to fly Gina home to Virginia.

 

 

Air Service Hawaii – on the wings of aloha!

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I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the great folks at Air Service Hawaii (Honolulu) for the outstanding customer service they provided me this past week.  Not only did they assist me in meeting all the flight requirements to return to the United States, but they provided me hangar space to perform the needed autopilot repairs.  Due to their incredible support, I am now ready to begin my next , and the longest flight to the mainland today.  To the staff at Air Service Hawaii, it was my privilege and pleasure meeting all of you!  From left to right; Jan Bodinus, Shaen Tarter,  Lynn Akina. Becci Goin.