Air Plains Services, the engine conversion experts who installed the 300-hp IO-550 in our 2011 Crossover Classic sweepstakes airplane, has reached a milestone.
The engine’s first five flight hours have been logged, and the engine and EDM-930 engine data management unit both worked flawlessly. Now the airplane is cleared for the trip to AOPA Summit’s static display at the Long Beach/Daugherty Airport (LGB).
Yours truly will be at the helm. Accompanying me will be AOPA Pilot’s senior photographer Mike Fizer–and his 150 pounds of camera gear.
My checkout comes on Friday, November 5. Check back to see how that went, and when I launch early Saturday morning, November 6 check back for position reports along the “southern route” from Wellington, Kansas to the LA basin. I’ll be trying out the tracking function of my SPOT unit.