All has gone to plan. I arrived in the UK at Stansted airport via Ryanair as scheduled last Friday and after a false start located the company from which I’d pre-ordered a hire car at an off-airport hotel. An hour or so later I was at my sister and brother-in-law’s home in Kent.

The next morning I drove to my pal’s place where my X-air is being stored to get cracking on preparing it for its flight over to its new home in France. And there I stayed for the next few days until I’d completed all of the work that was necessary to get it airworthy and completely ready to go.

I filled its tanks to the brim yesterday and today I was back there again replacing its radiator overflow bottle and helping to cut a strip to take off from when the weather eventually decides to play ball.

I’m delighted with how well everything’s gone – I couldn’t have asked for much better actually. The only surprise I had was finding that the new carburettor rubbers that I took with me wouldn’t fit because the inlets are of a non-standard pattern, probably because an anti-icing system is fitted.

24ZN is now all ready to go and looks a treat as the following pictures show.

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And now it’s just a matter of playing a waiting game with the weather. I almost couldn’t have chosen a worse time to have planned a flight from the UK to France as not only are we apparently locked in an extended period of high winds but they are also from the south or with a strong southerly component. But all things must end and, fingers crossed, I should be away some time next week. Here’s hoping anyway 😉

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