The Odyssey begins

On the last day of our visit to Oshkosh in 2010 I got the crazy idea that I needed to fly MY plane to Oshkosh. It’s not going to be easy.

Eighteen months of research and planning followed. As March 2012 draws to a close it is time to move from planning to action. What follows in this blog is the trip as it unfolds.

All the planning is covered in the blog section on my own website I have just completed a fresh annual inspection on ZK-SMR with the next step being dismantling and packing for departure.

A video of the dismantling process.

I have applied for the Carnet. I have obtained my first airspace waiver for the test flying.

The insurance is in place.The container is booked. Most of the packing is either complete of figured out.I guess, as the American’s say, its time to fish or cut bait!If you want to look at the track I took or even watch the flying live (if you’re awake), you can follow my Spidertracks

Buckle in, it going to be one hell of a ride.

The disassemble went pretty much as planned with no real surprises with one exception. Flipping the forward fuselage and wings was more than I could achieve on my own. With the help of a HIAB it was a fairly simple task and a lot less likely to get damaged.


Published by falcogeorge

I live in New Zealand with my lovely wife Vicki along with our animals on a block of land in Helensville. Back in 1994 I had this crazy idea to build a plane. Since then its been a huge part of my life. My day job has varied over the years. I started out as a computer engineer and now I'm an airline pilot. You would think that would tire me of flying but airline flying isn't really flying. The small planes are fun and make me remember why I started flying in the first place. This blog is a demonstration of some of the crazy ideas that pop into my head from time to time. The way I see it, life is too short to not give these wild ideas a go. I don't mind if people think I'm crazy. I probably am.

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