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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 Greenland.

"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 Ground."

"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 Tasmania."

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.


Israel to Oshkosh
Yair Gil from Kadima, Israel, flew his Cozy over 45 hours to Oshkosh and arrived for the start of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
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