- Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013
- He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed
- In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category
TEMECULA, CALIF, SEPT 06, 2016: Son of a Nigerian immigrant fulfills his desires to fly. Anthony Oshinuga arrives early most of the days at a California airport to check his vintage Cessna aircraft, ready to shuttle passengers over Temecula Valley, the booming wine country north of San Diego. He has been fulfilling his childhood dreams! Later he would fly loops and rolls in his Pitts Special, an aerobatic aircraft.
Oshinuga was born in 1981. His parents belonged to Lagos, Nigeria, and they later moved on to Austin, Texas in the previous year. His dreams for aviation began when he was 5 years old. “I was taken by what was going on,” he recalls. “I told my father, that’s exactly what I want to do.”
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He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed and polished so it looks brand new. He has partnership with two of the many wineries in this valley, the largest wine-producing region in southern California.
“We provide clients with 30-minute aerial scenic flights over Temecula, and then we land and they go down there and do wine tasting,” he explained.
Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013. He first entered national flying competitions in 2014.
“That’s when I went to the US National Aerobatic Championships (in Denison, Texas), and placed fourth out of 25 competitors,” he recalls. “Since then, things have been really blossoming in the arena of aerobatics and air shows and air racing.”
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In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category.
Oshinuga pursued Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He says that Engineering pays his bills but Aviation is what is his heart calls for!
– prepared by Manthra Koliyer with inputs from VOA