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Gear Problems 1600 Miles From Home

September 1, 2017

When my husband retired in the fall of 2015, we took a celebration trip in our 1967 Bonanza V35. I am a simple VFR pilot, John is my husband and crew; and we had recently upgraded from a pretty, but basic, Cessna 172 to the bigger, faster, complex Bonanza, N523Q. Primed for a big adventure, we planned a journey from our home in Ormond Beach, Florida (KOMN), to California and back. We flew across the expanse of Texas, over the Rocky Mountains and part of the Pacific Ocean, landed on Catalina Island (KAVX), successfully negotiated Los Angeles Class Bravo airspace, and reached our farthest point in Monterey (KSNS). All of our flights proceeded agreeably until we landed in Tucson, Arizona, on the way back home.