Pacific Flyer Aviation News
Vol. 3, No 9
September 1979

Lance Winslow, 14, is manager of Speedy Waxers, a custom aircraft cleaning service at Camarillo and Oxnard Airports.  Winslow started the firm a year ago, and now employs two teams of six youngsters (including four girls) to wash, wax and degrease airplanes at the two airports.

Speedy Waxers has 43 regular customers whose planes are cleaned each week.  Included are several business-owned cabin class twins.  For six dollars a week aircraft owners can have a spic and span aircraft for their weekend flying.  The firm services include washing, mirror glazing the windshields removing grease and bugs, greasing flap tracks, cleaning oleo struts and shining the prop spinner.

Lance and his friends get to the airports on their bicycles and work from an equipment box which they tow behind their bicycles.  Lance says that he plans to purchase a portable generator to allow use of this power buffer on the flight line, a steam cleaner, which he will rent out to help pay for, and either a one man industrial flatbed truck or a gas powered golf cart to enable him to tow aircraft to the wash rack.

Lance, a Civil Air Patrol cadet, has about 40 hours of flying time in his parents' Piper Colt, but can't solo because of his age.  He would like to solo a glider, but glider operations are too far from his home.  He plans to solo on his 16th birthday, and then acquire as many pilot certificates as he can manage.

College is on Lance's schedule, with an airline flying job to follow if he has sufficient flying time by the time he graduates.  If he doesn't, he'll join the Navy to fly for a few years, and then try for the airlines.  His father is a Continental Airlines pilot who also flies in the Navy Reserve.

If for some reason this all doesn't work out just the way he plans, he will start his own business and then buy his own Lear Jet, he says.

The young entrepreneur isn't all business, though.  The Monte Vista Intermediate School student is a cross-country runner who is undefeated in two years of competition.

Reprinted from Pacific Flyer Aviation News, September 1979.

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