|There were so many hurdles to jump over to get this plane approved and flown down – I don’t think there’s enough space to write it all down here, but, to give you an idea the US requires the airplane to be brought up to “export airworthiness’.
So the airplane was inspected, repaired, upgraded, and finally approved for export. Then, the Bolivian requirements are for notarized copies of the bill of sale, registration, airworthiness certificates and logbook entries showing the airplane is in compliance with inspection updates.
After about 6 months of this it was finally approved!! Then, the clamp holding the exhaust to the turbo failed. We waited for parts to get that fixed. After that, it’s annual inspection status expired. Yet another 2 weeks went by and more dollars to have it inspected.
Once that was done we needed to install a ferry tank and get a fuel flow instrument installed so we could make the long non-stop over water flight from Florida to Puerto Rico. Since hurricane Maria and Irma took out the Bahama’s and wrecked havoc in the Caribbean islands we had to make it non-stop.
So the fuel flow instrument got installed in Florida the day before the actual flight. There was only one flight to test the accuracy of the new instrument, and it was off to Puerto Rico.