I’d been talking to this customer for a couple months helping him sort through airplanes that weren’t going to meet his mission, and finding the best deal. We found one that seemed promising, and after having the logs and records emailed to us, we decided it was worth going to look at. Spent all day doing an annual and going through the aircraft, only turned up a couple of small squaks, and fortunately Univair was only an hour down the road and we were able to get the issues taken care of and get a short test flight in before dark!
With the annual complete and the aircraft fueled and ready for the flight home the next morning, we decided to go get dinner. We went to the Blackbelly Market, and it was really good. I’ll go back if I’m ever in the area again. After dinner we found a hotel and went to bed, it had been a long day.
The next morning we got the airplane pulled out, preflighted and headed east. Angelo decided to come along to get some good experience with cross country flying. He had foreflight on his iphone, but I threatened that if he used it I was throwing his phone out the window, and I meant it! It was a short 1 hour hop to our first stop at Fort Morgan, so we started off by using some dead-reckoning. Found the airport no problem, and Angelo quickly became accustomed to using a paper sectional again.
We packed very light for this trip, a couple t-shirts, socks, and unmentionables both for us, so that we had enough weight left to make some use of the wing tank, that stretched our legs to 3 hours with a little fuel left. Keeping the first leg to close to an hour, so I can verify fuel burn and make sure the oil burn isnt crazy either, we stopped at Fort Morgan. Passed through here last summer in a Champ. Topped off with fuel, fuel was as expected and off we went. The goal in flying slow airplanes a long distance is to keep time on the ground to a minimum.
Shortly into our second leg, the pin for the trim crank loose, so we made a quick diversion to Wray Municiple. Turns out that is Bill Tracy’s home town. Topped off with fuel again after quickly fixing the trim, and off we go. It was a pretty good day of flying, taped up all the gaps around the doors and windows, and was able to stay on the good side of numb! I wouldn’t call it warm by any means, but it was tolerable!
About halfway through Nebraska the weather started to turn on us, can’t get away with blue skies the entire way could we, thatd be way too easy. We landed in Kelly, NE to take a look at the weather and find a way through that made sense and had options. Norfolk, NE was above VFR minimums as well as points in between, so off we went to check it out. Practiced a bit of ‘Class G airmanship’ and made it into Norfolk with no issues at all. The FBO was great, had very reasonable prices for a heated hangar, crew car, and even gave us a way into the hangar before they opened so we could make an early start.
Ate at place in town called, Black Cow, Fat Pig and had the prime rib, I highly recommend it! 6.9 hours of flying for the day, not too bad.
The next morning we pushed on east, weather was tolerable, and we didn’t have any real complications other than some head winds, which is all the time in a cub. Landed at Portland, IN sunday night and had my misses come pick us up and take me home so that I could make it to my day job the next morning. A friend gave me a ride up to get the cub the next day in his Navion, a very sweet airplane! The cub is now tucked away in a friends hangar, while i tidy up a few maint details on it. The logistics worked out better and it will be on to its final destination in just a week or two!