Getting Spirit Back In The Air - Project Amelia Earhart

Eighty years after Amelia Earhart’s famous flight, Brian Lloyd began his solo round-the-world adventure in his single-engine Mooney M20K 231 named “Spirit”, paying homage to the great aviation pioneer and her historic route circumnavigating the globe.

After two months following Earhart's route, Lloyd completed his round-the-world trip on July 30th with his arrival at Earhart’s uncompleted final destination in Oakland, California.

While the completion of this flight is a great achievement for Lloyd, he is grateful to all who have helped along the way including our team in Hamilton, New Zealand.

In mid-July, while on route to Pago Pago (40nm north of Great Barrier Island) Spirit’s engine failed at 21,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. His troubleshooting and quick thinking eventuated in the use of high-boost to return the engine to normal function. Lloyd decided to turn back to Hamilton where he knew he could get the fuel pump off and find the issue. This is where our team gets involved.

After going through the entire fuel system, Lloyd and our team in Hamilton determined that despite data suggesting the fuel tank had failed, the issue was, in fact, fuel contamination. After a thorough cleaning and further inspection, Lloyd took Spirit up to 23,000 feet the next day for a test flight.

His blog states “I mentioned the people at Oceania Aviation who have been so helpful to me in solving Spirit’s problems so I will be confident enough to fly to Pago Pago and then on to Hawaii."

Happy with how Spirit flew and with complete confidence in the work completed by our team, Lloyd continued his trip as soon as weather permitted.

“We are very proud to have paid a small but significant role in getting Spirit back in the air to finish this significant journey as mapped out and flown by one of our industry’s true pioneers.”

You can find more information on Project Amelia Earhart here.

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Getting Spirit Back In The Air - Project Amelia Earhart

Eighty years after Amelia Earhart’s famous flight, Brian Lloyd began his solo round-the-world adventure in his single-engine Mooney M20K 231 named “Spirit”, paying homage to the great aviation pioneer and her historic route circumnavigating the globe.

After two months following Earhart's route, Lloyd completed his round-the-world trip on July 30th with his arrival at Earhart’s uncompleted final destination in Oakland, California.

While the completion of this flight is a great achievement for Lloyd, he is grateful to all who have helped along the way including our team in Hamilton, New Zealand.

In mid-July, while on route to Pago Pago (40nm north of Great Barrier Island) Spirit’s engine failed at 21,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. His troubleshooting and quick thinking eventuated in the use of high-boost to return the engine to normal function. Lloyd decided to turn back to Hamilton where he knew he could get the fuel pump off and find the issue. This is where our team gets involved.

After going through the entire fuel system, Lloyd and our team in Hamilton determined that despite data suggesting the fuel tank had failed, the issue was, in fact, fuel contamination. After a thorough cleaning and further inspection, Lloyd took Spirit up to 23,000 feet the next day for a test flight.

His blog states “I mentioned the people at Oceania Aviation who have been so helpful to me in solving Spirit’s problems so I will be confident enough to fly to Pago Pago and then on to Hawaii."

Happy with how Spirit flew and with complete confidence in the work completed by our team, Lloyd continued his trip as soon as weather permitted.

“We are very proud to have paid a small but significant role in getting Spirit back in the air to finish this significant journey as mapped out and flown by one of our industry’s true pioneers.”

You can find more information on Project Amelia Earhart here.

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