Once arriving in Coober Pedy and parking beside the stranded Mooney it was all hands on deck to repair the stranded bird.
The Mooney had broken a mixture cable that required a complete replacement. The part had to be flown in from Mooney USA and fitted by a LAME.
All the work was completed in the "Big Hangar" at Coober Pedy.
4 1/2 hours later the Mooney was back together and ready for flight.
A cast of thousands waited as we completed all the checks,
My RV-10 was tied down for the night beside the Mooney,
and as perhaps a sign of the times and the demise of the old classics, another brand new RV-10 landed and tied down on the other side of the Mooney.
Coober Pedy is famous for its many under ground homes and hotels and is one of the largest producers of high quality Opals in the world.
I plan to return here to properly explore this town with my wife,however the hotel we stayed in for the night had a fantastic exhibit of Opal Caves and history.
More info here ,
The next day was an early start as we left the Monney owner with his family to complete their outback adventure. For us , it was another 1000Nm flight home the same as we came.
The early morning sun on Lake Eyre was spectacular,
Then a quick refuel again at Thargominda and then landed at Caloundra to drop off the Engineer.
A quick hop to Redcliffe and we were home by 4:30 pm.
The trip was just over 2000 Nm and approx 7hrs each way .
What an amazing aircraft !