I’m not too sure what I have to talk about. Nothing too exciting going on lately. Oh, well there is one minor little detail….
I was checking the Internet last night and decided to try my luck again on finding a Cessna 150 Aerobat. The ones I’ve found so far have been for sale in the US and all really expensive (over $50K). Last night I noticed a nice little number on eBay – good price and a really sharp looking plane. Another nice element, despite the fact that it’s in the States, it’s in Pennsylvania which is quite close. I found the same plane for sale on a couple aviation sites. It is beautiful looking with a really nice paint job. The largest item I’ve ever bought on eBay was a book, so I was a little nervous about considering buying an airplane. One of the guest speakers from our RAA meetings was a gentleman from Brantford who is very experienced in bringing planes in from the States. I looked him up and gave him a jingle. I told him what I just discovered online. He had me read off the specifics and informed me that everything sounded great. I asked him how to go about making the most beneficial bid on an eBay item. He suggested that I wait until there’s about two minutes left for the bidding and make a large bid. This way I would hopefully outbid everyone else and at least meet the reserve price. He suggested that I contact the seller and see if he would tell me the reserve amount. I briefly discussed things with Chuck and he offered to call the guy and chat about the financial side of things. They talked for about twenty minutes. This lead to today’s little event. My mother, Chuck and I drove down to Pennsylvania and checked out the plane. We were all very impressed with what we saw. It started perfectly too. In about two weeks, I will be heading back there to pick up my new plane and fly it home!!! This has to be the best birthday ever! I hope I am able to sell my “old” airplane soon, as hangar space is a little expensive.
The 150 Aerobat is very similar to my other plane except it’s built a little stronger to withstand the G forces from the aerobatic maneuvers. The model I purchased today is also six years younger than my other plane. Check it out:
I guess my next mission is to find someone to teach me aerobatics. This plane will fly just like my other one – side by side seating, one passenger only. It has a nice little feature – wheel pants (or as Chuck calls them, booties). They look great and decrease the drag, thus slightly increasing speed.
It was so nice meeting with the seller. We said we would be there by 1:00, but I ended up having to call him before noon to let him know our estimated time of arrival would be closer to 1:30. We arrived after about a four and a half hour drive. I screamed like a little school girl when we pulled into the airport and I saw a cute orange plane looking in our direction. I was able to compose myself as to not traumatize the seller. Super nice guy to deal with and I feel very comfortable with the transaction.
On the way back home, we stopped at Applebee’s for dinner. They had a great deal on – two entrees and an appetizer for $20! Jan and I both had a steak, Chuck got a burger and we all split a spinach and artichoke dip chippy platter. It was all so yummy!
I actually wrote this blog entry on my iPod Touch while Chuck drove us home. I have a feeling I’m going to be a little pooped tonight and make it an early night.
Today’s symptoms: I felt pretty good today except for some typical body aches. Mentally/emotionally – great!
Posted by Lizzy McFly at 11/21/2009 9:08 PM