EAA Chapter 524


Piper Cub Travel Journal

You would think we would learn. Jerry came up with the nice idea of going back to visit Bob Bennett at his grass strip in Delaware (Belfair DE32). The mission was to thank Bob for rescuing us by giving him a copy of Jerry’s book on the Wright Brothers. The flight also gave us an opportunity to monitor and record our exact fuel consumption.

We took off the morning of November 8th and had a very nice flight over to Delaware. Our visit with Bob was great. Turns out he and Jerry know a lot of people in common from Jerry’s days in Delaware. Again, I enjoyed touring Bob’s wonderful collection of planes and projects.

We then took off and headed to our fuel stop at Summit Airport (EVY). This time our fuel stop was well within range, although we still felt the little 65 hp Continental was using more per hour than it should. We landed at Summit and taxied to the ramp in search of a fuel pump. Finding none, we parked the plane and walked over to the office. It was closed. Jerry managed to find someone to talk to who informed him that they don’t sell fuel on Sundays! (There is no indication of this fact on Foreflight or Notams.)

Low on fuel and still uncertain of our fuel consumption, we could find no other airport nearby that we felt comfortable trying to reach. To make a long story shorter, we ended up spending the night at a motel in Middletown Delaware. After refueling the next morning, we had to wait for a dense blanket of fog to lift before we could finally take off and return to Frederick.

The flight back was beautiful. We carefully recorded engine start and shutdown times the whole trip so we could calculate fuel consumption. Turns out the Cub uses about four gallons an hour which is half a gallon more per hour than normal for the engine. Why that is remains a mystery, but at least now we know what to expect and plan for. But,

Beware airports that don’t sell fuel on Sundays.

Ernest O’Roark

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