Sorry for keeping you waiting, still not much time though.
Our team worked for about 2 years in the US repairing the oil and fuel systems, rudders had to be re-skinned due to holes, cleaning a few bucket loads of bird shit out, cleaning polishing and painting, engine tests(2 came to their end in the process) and loads of other jobs just to get it airworthy.
It was flown to the Netherlands with 1 borrowed engine and 4 borrowed propellers where the restoration started, another 2 year job.
We could not afford 4 other electric props so the decision was made to modify the a/c ourselves from electric to hydraulic(which requires more electrics btw).
acquired another engine and testing could begin.
Finally first flight, great no problem.
Second test flight, one engine(3) is running a little warm nothing to worry about but still.
Checked and tested again, oil cooler replced, tested fine, no further problem.
Third test flight, engine 3 is now running hot and had to be shut down.
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Great now what......
Mats Connie is parked in Korea and after some begging at KL
they managed an agreement with Korean Airlines so we could swapped 2 engines.
A team went to Korea with 2 of our faulty engines under their arms and came back with 2 perfectly ok engines.
So now we can fly........... well not quite.
By now due to new EU regulations the insurance bill went up from 12.500 to 65.000 EU something we can't pay of course.
Dealing here, dealing there, talking here and there management was able to make a deal somewhere in the middle.
Great finally we can fly....... not quite.
FAA certified pilots are no problem but we can't find a FAA certified flight engineer anywhere in the world.
The FAA has a special board to re-examine pilots but they never added a flight engineer to that board and we are stuck again.
Everybody wants to help us(Swiss, Australian Connie crews) but they don't get permission.
The crew problems seem to be resolved together with the help of the FAA.
Done taxi trials last month with went ok.
Technically the a/c is great and the finances seem sorted as well.
So come hell and high water, next year we'll fly............ I think
To some it up.
We are working for 8 years now with this project and are still grounded.
Can stored aircraft brought to live again ? yes.
But it takes a bucket load of money and a nerve system made of steel, the a/c is never the problem.
Photos of the restoration can be found on my website at: http://www.honders.net