Selling Our Cherokee 235: I was Simply Katy's Caretaker for Eight Great Years9:54 AM
In October of 2007, I departed Whiteman Airport in the busy Los Angeles basin in a dream ship, one that I had waited my whole life to acquire. The paperwork I was carrying said she was N8527W, but a cold, hard registration number was not befitting enough for the tough but kinda sexy girl I was flying, she had to have a name. When I got back to Eugene Airport and showed her to my wife for the first time, that name was created.
As I said, it was 2007, one year(ish) before our economy crashed and burned in 2008. Business was grand, there was money in the bank, and we had a real need to find faster, more efficient transportation between my offices in Oregon and some of our ad agency clients in Central California. Katy fit the flight profile perfectly, reasonable speed, long range, comfortable, and she could carry four adults and 200 pounds of gear and still tanker 84 gallons of fuel while staying under legal takeoff weight.
Oh sure, there was that time we were departing Eugene in full business attire to head to Fresno when the starter decided to commit suicide, breaking clean in half and taking the ring gear with it. And I visited the avionics shop a few too many times, sorting out 50 years worth of strange wiring. But the big things always served me well, a Lycoming 0-540 that just purred, no corrosion problems and flight controls that stayed centered in straight-and-level mode.
So recently we knew the time to sell her had come. It took far too long to find the right buyer, not by an omission of effort by my broker, but due to the extremely soft general aviation market. To say it is a buyer's market would be a gross understatement. But David Fill of Airplane Owners Podcast (listen free on iTunes) finally found the right person who needed this airplane, and the deal was done.
I expect that some day in my future, I'll be hiking through the North 40 at Oshkosh, and I will stumble upon her once again. Her paint may have changed, and you can be sure she will have had a panel upgrade just in time for 2020. But down deep, she'll still be my Katy, and it will be so incredible to see that she is still at it, still creating joy, generating smiles and opening up the skies for another caretaker.