Praise the Lord we have been busy flying and keeping the airplanes flying. The Zenair (2 place float plane) was finally flown again after a new propeller, much needed new floats and an engine “revision”. We still have to finish up some maintenance before it is put back into full-time service. As I write, there is a container full of parts stuck in the Manaus customs port. This container has a new windshield, propeller and aluminum floats for the Rebel. Right now they are deciding if it can enter the country. There is a wooden crate that the floats are packed in. There are two 4×4 wood pieces that were used to keep the crate off the floor– these are made of a type of wood that is illegal to import into Brazil. Just to clarify, the crate itself is made of wood that is approved, just the bottom pieces that were used to allow the forklift to move the crate are not approved (Update: they decided that this wood is indeed not acceptable so we have to rip it off the box, cut it up in little pieces and mail it back to the US. Anyone interested in purchasing some 4×4’s for a special project? wood that has been “around the world”? The wood is free—I’ll just charge you shipping)
A map of the places I’ve flown over the last month or so.