OK, John didn't exactly fly all the way to the US to help me unload the latest new Phoenix from the container. He flew over to check out the plane after placing an order, and the container just happened to arrive while he was here. We flew almost 10 hours together, which included some nice soaring conditions.
All of the parts are strapped to the floor of the container. Form fitting foam surrounds everything. Special welded steel brackets attach to the main wheels, and the brackets are bolted to the floor of the container. We are satisfied that the Phoenix will continue to arrive unharmed, but if a hurricane blocks the way we would be happy to delay the container arrival in order for the boat captain to avoid the bad weather.
The Phoenix sits ready for new avionics installations at Sebastian Communications.