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Thursday, May 12, 2016: Santa Maria, California 
Mike in SMX                                                    N696CM fueled and ready to go to Hilo!N696CM Fueled and ready to depart for Hilo gp

Mike Laver and N696CM

Wednesday, May 11, 2016: Merced, California - Santa Maria, California
N696CM In MCE gpToday, Tom Lopes finished the tanking and then there was all of the paperwork that comes with the special permit for the tanking installation and the 20% over-gross approval. Late in the afternoon, everything is signed off and now we are on our way for the required test flight and systems check including a HF radio test. after 1 hour, we returned to MCE for the final signatures.N696CM in Santa Maria CA gp
We departed MCE late in the day for the 1 hour flight to SMX, Santa Maria, California, which was home to N696CM when it was owned by Terry Cunningham. Tomorrow we depart for Hilo, pushing the forecasted 20-30 knot headwind. (photo left: N696CM in Merced, CA; photo right: N696CM in Santa Maria, CA)