By the time you get this, it is actually "Departure Today".
The weather is forecast to turn bad here tomorrow afternoon and we want
to get out while the weather still is good, if we wait for it to clear we will
have to fly through it on our way east. Today we had clear skies after some fog
in the morning. It is amazing how colour comes back into the world when the sun
shines. Despite the clear skies, it was still bitterly cold this morning with
about minus 4, but the day warmed up very nicely. We test flew the plane again
today and I had the opportunity to practice some instrument flying "on the
computer". Ron managed to get his Instrument check ride out of the way on
Sunday, making way for us to get the chip detector light sorted out today.
Unfortunately the appointment for the plane was for tomorrow at Grand Rapids. In
the end, we borrowed the special tools from the shop in Grand Rapids, Barbara
very graciously drove through to get it for us. I tacked the job under the
instrument panel and 3 hours later we tested the annunciator, and it
By getting this repaired today, we are a day ahead of schedule
and are able to fly out tomorrow to Trenton/Robbinville in New Jersey for the
ferry tank final installation. This is scheduled for wednesday, but we hope to
be able to get it done ahead of schedule. We will only know for sure once we get
there and find out how far the paperwork process has gone.
still a few hiccups with the Jeppesen Flight Charts, but I got a step further
today, only to find that another "Jeppesen" obstacle is in my way. I hope to
solve this problem while in New Jersey while we are waiting for the
Spidertracks was ordered and shipped last week, but storms and bad
weather have slowed delivery, so we are expecting delivery tomorrow, but
unlikely before we leave here. The plan is for Barbara to ship it on to us in
New Jersey. Unfortunately this will not allow you to track our flight to the
East Coast, but we will keep you updated.
All of us have run ourselves a
little ragged today finalising the last many details before we leave. barbara
leaves on Wednesday and has one more silly day of running round with lots of
Thanks again for all your prayers and please continue
to pray for good weather windows. There has been a spate of very bad weather in
places all over the country.