I'm new to the service, so please forgive any breaches of protocol I might make.
I own a Piper Archer, which is a four-seat single engine airplane (pilot plus three passengers). There is a small baggage area behind the rear seat, which is open to and part of the interior cabin itself, and shares the same air as the pilot (i.e., it's not a dark, enclosed area; it's completely safe for a pup). I am an instrument-rated pilot, so I can fly in clouds and rain, although no thunderstorms, ice or snow!
I don't have a crate of my own and probably should have asked -- will the lab be crated?
The weight is certainly not a problem, but the rigidity and dimensions of the crates are the issue. That said, I think that if the lab has a medium sized crate and the daschunds each have smaller crates, I can take all three. I'm thinking that the lab's crate would go across the back seats, one daschund crate could go in the very back, and the second daschund crate could go on the co-pilot's seat next to me. This may be an odd question, but if you can provide me with the exact dimensions of the crates, I can tell you for certain. I am pretty sure, however, that I cannot fit four crates.
I certainly don't want to leave anyone behind, but if I can't fit everyone, do we go by "first in time?" I think I volunteered to take the lab first.
Next Sunday, October 4 works for me, especially if it gives everyone time to find someone to fly the subsequent legs. Morning would be my preference, which probably works best anyway, if the pups have more legs to fly...
Just let me know!