In the life of any airplane there comes a time when the engine manufacturer recommends a complete overhaul on the engine. This is measured by hours recorded on the tachometer. The Navion’s Continental IO-550B engine was at just about at that point. During it’s annual inspection last fall, it was found that a couple of the cylinders were getting a bit “tired”. Randy decided to play it safe and have the engine overhauled. We flew it to our mechanic in Lakeview, MI in February. The process ended up taking much longer then we expected. We just picked up the airplane and flew it for the first time with the overhauled engine on June 12. Talk about cutting things close!
As you can imagine, we want to get some hours logged on the engine before heading off on our journey. So, this past Friday, in order to give Miss America some exercise, Randy and I jumped in and flew her to Port Clinton, OH, one of our favorite destinations.
The airport in Port Clinton, Carl R. Keller field (PCW), has a 1940s style diner, the Tin Goose. The menu boasts typical diner fare, however it is the ambiance and historical memoriabilia scattered throughout that makes it a neat destination for lunch.
The Liberty Aviation museum, home to a restored flying WWII B-25 bomber, “Georgie’s Gal” is also located on the field. Keller Field was also home to one of the first commercial airline operations , Island Airlines. Back in the 1930s, Ford Tri-Motors were used to ferry passengers between Port Clinton and nearby Put-In-Bay Island. The airport had added a Ford Tri-motor heritage museum which is currently in the process of restoring a Ford Tri-motor.
Lastly, no trip to Port Clinton is complete without a visit to Cheese Haven! Located, just a few miles from the airport, Cheese Haven is heaven for cheese lovers! You can find almost any type of cheese you can imagine, plus old fashioned candies, wines, beer and much more! If you fly in to PCW, take advantage of the courtesy car and the friendly FBO personnel will be happy to point you in the right direction!