This is why, after one crack at it, I won't be doing a lot of small-airplane flying in China any more. Here is how a Cirrus SR-22 got fueled up at the main airport in Changsha, capital of Hunan province. (Man in the truck is Peter Claeys, intrepid Cirrus salesman for China. Other men, including the luckless one working the siphon, are involved in local aviation.)

Changsha airport Further travel adventures to be reported in the Atlantic.

And this was the scene four hours later, on landing in Zhuhai for the Zhuhai Air Show. Claeys; our passenger; and me, all greatly relieved to have arrived.

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