Ferrying a Piper Cub from Ohio to North Carolina

Jeff has had this 90HP Cub for a few years but wanted to spruce things up a bit. After sending the airplane up to my friends at Tiffin Aire, Inc for new paint, it was finally time to come home! While the plan was to complete most of the journey in one day, weather across the a Appalachian Mountains causing low VFR conditions held us up for a night. With morning fog in the valleys but clear skies on top, the next day was perfect flying weather to bring this Cub home!

K16G – KZZV – KUSW – KSJS – KGEV – KAFP – KEYF – The Farm!

Day 1

After spending the true “Day 1” of this trip on a weather hold, it was time to get started. Tiffin is near where I grew up – and where I learned to fly – so I was able to visit friends and family before starting in on this trip.

With the preflight completed and logbooks verified, I started off for Raleigh to meet up with friends at Lifestyle Aviation for dinner! After completing stop two, weather started closing in on the mountains. Thinking I could get to the back side of the incoming cells, the Cub and I gave up on Raleigh but wanted to try and cross the mountains.

The flight into KSJS for fuel was uneventful but concerning with descending ceilings and worsening visibility. I had lunch on the field as I waited for weather to pass but conditions worsened so we called it and the extremely helpful staff helped put me up for the night.

Day 2

The next morning was filled with fog in the valleys, creating a beautifully dramatic scene as I departed to finish off the rest of this journey.

With uneventful fuel stops in the mountains and outside of Charlotte, I met Jeff at KEYF. Unknown to me, Jeff had made a grass strip behind his house and said we’re flying home. After some quick rearranging and fuel top-off for the airplane, we were on our way to the backyard strip!

This was a beautiful trip with some fun challenges along the way; looking forward to the next one!

AIRCRAFT: 1948 Piper J3 Cub (90HP)

TRIP TOTAL TIME: 9.9 HOURS

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT FOR A QUOTE ON ANY AIRCRAFT FERRY OR CONTRACT PILOT NEEDS: JACOB@HAVENSAERO.COM

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