It's a go! Weather looks good to fly Benson to MO. I would prefer the airport in Mexico, MO. Bowling Green doesn't have weather information at the airport, and Mexico does. it is a one hour drive per Mapquest. Vera may know a shorter way, and I hope that will be ok with her. The flight looks like it will be about 3 hours. We would like to leave around 1000, and will call Vera just before we launch, so she will have 3 hours notice.
The crate should fit - I have had an XL Varicrate in the back. Weight is no problem at all. If Benson's crate is too large and collapses, we could collapse it and use my Varicrate for the trip so the foster will have Benson's own crate. I will be flying with a friend, so one of us will be piloting the plane, and the other will be able to pay attention to Benson. We will be filing an IFR flight plan (we are both instrument-rated pilots), so we can be followed on flightaware.com. Go under "private flight tracker" on the left side of the page about 1/3 the way down, and use the call sign "ARF5KA". It designates us as an animal rescue flight to the air traffic controllers. Everyone can see where we are, and when we arrive. Thanks for not feeding Benson
We do have water for him in-flight if he seems thirsty.
Matt, get to 494, get off on Flying Cloud Drive and head south. It will be a couple of miles - there is a technical college on the right, some woods, and then a stoplight with an SA gas station on the left, and the airport is on the right. Take a right there (Pioneer Trail). Go a few blocks, and there will be some really weird big fake cows on your right (you'll know what I mean when you see them...) and Elliott Aviation on your left. Go to the stoplight and take a left. There are parking lots there for some soccer fields. I will meet you there at 0930 and I'll get you and Benson to my hangar. My cell is 952-210-8600 and I drive a blue Toyota Highlander with MN plates N425KA.
Trudi and I will be at the airport at 0800 for a final weather check, and if there is an unexpected change for the worse
I will call Matt and Vera. No news will be good news.
Trudi and I are so excited to fly Benson! Both of us have rescue dogs, and are committed to dog rescue. I'm also interested in keeping in touch re Mike and flying him to his new home in Champaign.
I'll check our thread in the morning for any last minute changes or questions.