Ladi was ready to start his required dual instruction the next day, but I had to put my foot down. ``You really shouldn't learn complex in an airplane that won't hold trim speed.''
To reinforce this advice I took the tail off, in anticipation of an A&P putting it on right. And sure enough, there were parts missing. Airworthiness was not seriously at risk, but for 8 years it had been rubbing, binding and generally acting like a 182 (not that I have anything against 182s...)
Ladi is checked out now, the tail feels great and he's well into instrument training. He still flies all Saturday and somehow it seems he's having a little more fun. His employees say he sneaks out of his store from time to time on nice afternoons. If he's smiling when he leaves they tell people ``We think he's out flying.''
And as always there's another story waiting. ``Sure wish I had a hanger to keep my airplane in'' he said. It was starting to be a familiar conversation....
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