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Talk about blowing a gasket!

June 23, 2010

Our mechanic, Mitch, was true to his word and returned to the airplane late last night (after his shift as an EMT!) to get the plane ready so all he would have to do was replace the gaskets when they arrived.  However, as he further inspected the parts he soon realized it was a bigger issue than originally thought.  The carburetor was showing signs of fuel in places it shouldn’t. [NOTE:  I am NOT a mechanic so please forgive that my details may be fuzzy and my wording may not make complete sense.]

This morning we grappled with what to do next.  Aircraft Spruce has the part in stock – but would require a 4 hour drive in each direction.  There was a chance one would be available in Jacksonville, but we wouldn’t know until later in the morning…and of course, that would be the opposite direction.  We thought of our friend from Meriden, Rick B., who would drop everything and take you for a flight if you needed to get somewhere urgently.  I figured KAYS would have a few of those types as well.  Sure enough, they did!

Right now, Heather is flying with Mike to Jacksonville to pick up the part.  I’ll keep you posted….

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Hilary permalink
    June 23, 2010 3:48 pm

    Bummer, but I just know you girls will overcome all obstacles and be airborne again real soon – good luck !!

  2. Hilary permalink
    June 23, 2010 3:49 pm

    Oh, I picked up some Frederick News Posts for Sandi this morning. Nice photos and article – you are famous 🙂

  3. Emi permalink
    June 23, 2010 9:23 pm

    Can’t believe this happened, SO bummed!!!

    Hope to see you back in the air soon!!

  4. Mike permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:44 am

    Glad to meet you both and be able to have provided some small assistance with your adventure. Good luck and have a great time. We’ll be keeping up with your progress from here at KAYS.

  5. Mike permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:50 am

    On to Alabama, and then Hot Springs. Be sure to waggle those wings – “back & to”.

    • June 24, 2010 3:22 am

      WE are the fortunate ones to have met all of you. The role you played was monumental in our soon to be success. Thanks so much….and we’ll be sure to use “back & to” in our everyday conversation! Ya’ll come visit us up north! S&H

  6. MITCH permalink
    June 25, 2010 3:09 am

    Praying for that big tailwind!!! Have a blessed flight!!!

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