Yair Gil at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
It's taking a little longer for Yair Gil
(EAA 703228) to return to Tel Aviv, Israel, from AirVenture 2008 than he
had planned. Last week, Gil's Cozy MK-IV suffered a broken nose gear
strut upon landing at Kangerlussuaq Airport (BGSF ) in Sondre Stromfjord
on the Western Coast of Greenland.
After being stranded there for more than
a week awaiting delivery of a new strut, it appears that the determined
efforts of his fellow canard builders to get him the needed parts will
have him back in the air as early as today (Thursday).
Ted Davis, EAA 764022, Hollister,
California, is a member of the Canard Aviators newsgroup on Yahoo.com
and the Cozy Builders group. Davis led efforts to get Gil a new strut so
he could resume his journey home. On Thursday morning Davis announced to
both groups that the strut had been delivered via FedEx to Gil in
"FedEx just called again to say that
they received an email from Greenland that the package was received by
Yair," Davis wrote. "The repair should only take a few hours.
He plans to take off this afternoon and land in Iceland tonight."
The original plan was to enlist help from
Cozy builders and EAAers to ferry the needed part from Bangor, Maine, to
Gil (EAA 703228). Those plans fell through, however, so Davis decided to
ship the part to Greenland instead.
At Gil's suggestion (he was able to
communicate with family members and others via a Skype Internet phone
connection) Davis wrote "AOG" in big letters on the package,
then informed FedEx that the package was for an "Aircraft On
"This made a big difference,"
Davis said. "AOG packages are given the highest priority and
someone is personally assigned to follow it internally. This is
something to remember for next year when somebody loses a propeller in
Gil's trip from Tel Aviv to Oshkosh
covered 5,700 nautical miles and took 47-flight hours, He arrived as
planned, right before the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 and the
airplane, 4X-OYG, was seen parked near the flight line archway in the
homebuilt area throughout the week.