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We were visited in Arlington on February 24 by Scott Alperin come to fly his handsome new Sportsman home to Cleveland, Ohio. He brought along friend Robert Metelko to assist with the flying. (Why not? Bob is a retired corporate pilot with 20,000 hours.) In his own words, here is Scott’s account of the trip.

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Robert Metelko, left, and Scott Alperin shortly before first flight.

I completed construction of the plane on November 1, 2016. Since the FAA inspection on November 2, the plane remained at Glasair Aviation and had the required 40 hours of test flying completed. The plane was then sent to the paint shop. The paint was recently completed, and the finishing touches and final preparation were completed by Glasair technicians. It was once again test flown and made ready for our arrival last week to take delivery.

My good friend Robert Metelko and I departed Arlington, Washington, late Friday afternoon. Our first stop on the way home was in Missoula, Montana. The next morning we flew to Billings and met with Jason Smith of Aerotronics. He was the specialist who constructed the avionics panel for the plane. We reviewed several aspects and then were off to spend that night in Fort Dodge, Iowa. We wanted to fly as much in daylight as possible.

This morning we flew home to Cleveland with a fuel stop in the south of Chicago. We were treated by favorable winds and reasonably good weather for February. The plane performed flawlessly. We flew as high as 14,000 feet to remain free of icing and once we reached the flatlands stayed at about 5000 ft. Performance is excellent and all of the systems operated as expected during the 1900 NM journey.

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Scott Alperin with Glasair assembly technician Shaun Hunt.

My experience with Glasair Aviation and its Two Weeks to Taxi program and Aerotronics, Inc., has been spectacular. I plan to place the plane of Clamar amphibious floats in April to complete the project. More to follow…!

Heading east over Washington, a view of the Cascades

Heading east over Washington, a view of the Cascades.

The Missouri River.

The Missouri River.

Approaching home base: Cleveland, Ohio.

Approaching home base: Cleveland, Ohio.