While Bob and I were at breakfast he called a friend in Florida to ask for a hangar for me and gave me the contact details. In the evening I planned for Gainsville/FL and in the morning got in touch with Bill in Brooksville/FL. He said I can share his hangar for my stay and so I replanned to his place, not much difference, just a little .....ville. I made it in one hop at 04:40h. After landing I was guided to Bill´s hangar and I was happy to have a roof for my plane, thunderstorms all around these days here! The sleeping quality is much higher this way! Not knowing me he invited me to stay at his home and drove me to the airport next morning. We intended to fly for breakfast together and waited for the weather to improve. It was too late for breakfast, so later in the day I flew to Key West around some weather and more so on the return flight.
Bill invited me today to Falcon Field KFFC while he had to do something there with the CAF. Loose formation and 30 minutes into the flight my engine got rough, #4 EGT went up, so one lean cylinder. Playing with the mixture did not really help and things got worse. Bill pointed out an airfield abeam, Cross City CTY and down we went. We found some shade to look into Skyrunner´s engine bay and one guy drove over and brought four bottles of water to make our stay more comfortable. I was astonished! The injector on #4 was clogged and so cleaned, the runup was promising, cowling on again. Off we went after only 45 minutes wheels down.
At Falcon Field I met many aviation enthusiasts working on the warbirds and they were more than happy to show me their planes and let me sit in it, much much better than looking during airshows and waiting in the queue.
It seems I meet only great people here and I´m sure I will miss it when I´m back home. The return flight was as usual flying around weather and the engine was running like nothing happened.
Along the Keys
Final Rwy 27 Key West
Bill in his beautiful RV-8 on the flight to KFFC
Happy in the hangar with their mates while a thunderstorm is passing