My 20 month young daughter loves to play this game, “Ready…” – she takes marks, “Steady…” – she puts her bum in the air and gets set and “Go…” – she launches off at “breakneck” speed with a defined goal in mind.
Right now, Terrence Keevey and myself (Paul Henning) have a defined goal in mind and we are “READY”, last night we were even “STEADY” and now simply standing by for “GO” marking our imminent departure from Wichita Kansas in the USA to ferry MCC Aviation’s newest fixed wing acquisition home. This being a beautiful, out-of-the-box, Cessna C208EX (Caravan) with full Garmin G1000 avionics pack installed.
We arrived in Wichita just over three weeks ago, bound for Flight Safety to conduct our initial Caravan training and G1000 integration. Flight Safety’s facilities, instructors and standard of training has been exceptionally impressive. We’ve gained valuable knowledge and practical experience on the C208EX and in fact way beyond and are now chomping at the bit to fly our own aircraft.
Of course, a trip of this nature requires and enormous amount of planning and preparation and at this time of year, patience. There have been several severe cold fronts passing over the USA over the past couple of weeks, not to mention some of the most unusual and unpredictable Low pressure systems over the North Atlantic. The Caravan has no de-icing or anti-icing equipment and it is therefore imperative that we choose our window carefully. We are fortunately in the very capable hands of Aviation Dynamix who have planned our entire trip, installed the ferry tanks and HF radio and are sending an experienced ferry pilot with us on this epic journey.
We were due to depart this morning at 12:00z (06:00 local here) but unfortunately we’ve been delayed by weather which hasn’t moved off the coast as soon as we had anticipated it would. Keep your eyes peeled for the “GO” and more news on our ferry. I will attempt at every given opportunity to update this blog page with our progress and experiences along the way.