Can Connie Fly Again?

By Brian Miklos

When we arrived at the Avra Valley Airport and got our first look at Columbine II, our first thought was about how huge this airplane was compared to the King Airs and the DHC-8s we typically deal with. We were all very quiet on the evening rides back to the hotel, a bit overwhelmed with the task before us. After several days of these quiet rides, Karl finally asked the question that was on all of our minds.

“Brian, do you think that we can do this?”

If Karl had asked me that at the end of the first day, I think I would have started running straight back to Virginia! But each day we saw more clearly what Columbine II means to so many people. That didn’t make the road ahead any shorter or any smoother, but it sure started to make the journey look worth it—so we jumped into the project with both feet.

Looking back now, it is immensely satisfying to say, “Yes, we can—and we did!”