Desert Center Emergency Landing - Part 4

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Denouement:

So, we're safe and sound at home, but my airplane is tied down at an unattended airport in the middle of nowhere, at a place where there are warnings about off-road vehicles on the runway.  I want to get it out of there ASAP.

After my evaluation of the plane while waiting for Bill, I believe that I can safely ferry the aircraft back to Tehachapi at relatively low speeds (below 140 mph IAS).  To do this, all I would need to do is replace the prop extension, propeller, prop bolts, and crush plate. Permanent repairs to the wing/winglet would follow.

I have an O-360-A2A 180 HP engine on the plane with the standard bolt pattern (whatever that is).  If anyone has a 6" or 8" prop extension and crush plate that they're not using, an appropriate 2 or 3 blade prop, and appropriate prop bolts that I could borrow for one 1.5 hour flight before I purchase a replacement, please contact me directly at this email address.

I'll be in contact with Saber MFG, Craig Catto, Gary Hertzler and Ken Miller to obtain permanent equipment replacements - if any of you guys have temporary stuff I could borrow this coming week, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks in advance for everyone's support.

I'm not sure what there is for anyone to learn from all of this, other than LAND WHEN SOMETHING'S OUT OF THE ORDINARY, which everyone SHOULD know already.  When will I?.....

 


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