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Friday, October 9, 2015

Vinyl or paint

When you create the details of a paint scheme so that you can identify who the aircraft belongs to, there are infinite possibilities in the creative structure on what can be done.

There are however only two ways to apply what you have designed. You can either use a designed vinyl decal which looks very nice and is easier to apply in most situations or the other method would be to paint the designed scheme right to the airplane. The second method is more labor intensive but the results can be worth the extra effort.

In missionary aviation which style you choose may be selected by the environment in which the airplane would reside in and cost effectiveness would also play a part in which way you choose.

The majority of airplanes that we modify or repair, vinyl graphics will do the job. Sometimes a project requires the painting of the details for durability and the customers we serve request that it be done this way. The current project that we are repairing for Missionary Air Group(MAG) has requested that painting the details is what is needed for this project and it is an intricate one at that.

The effort was worth the time. The crew here at MMS did a fantastic job. Here are a few pictures of the project.


Friday, September 4, 2015

42Q has made it to Suriname

The MAF Suriname 206 has made it to it's new field of service. It is not to often that we get to see the end result of our work as the planes we work on enter their final field of service.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

42Q is heading to service

After a 21/2 year rebuild the Suriname 206 is heading to service. It is easy for us to get attached to such an extensive project. We know that the work we do here at MMS is to fix these planes for their intended purpose so that they can be used to bring the good news of the gospel to places that are remote and would be very difficult to access with out them.

42Q was ferry piloted by Sarah Morris yesterday to Florida where it will be handed over to MAF Suriname to be brought into country for service. Suriname is the only dutch speaking country in south America. Sarah is one of only four female missionary pilots. Following is a couple pictures of the departure.

Bathing the Suriname 206 with prayer and praise. It is finished.
A wave of the wings as Sarah bids farewell with 42Q and heads south toward Florida.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Oshkosh EAA 2015

Every year MMS goes to Oshkosh, WI where we set up a table in the IAMA missions tent representing one of a myriad of Christian Missionary flight organizations and representing missionary aviation as part of the whole of aviation. We are glad to be a part of this big event and grateful for the opportunity to showcase who we are.

each year about 500,000 people come to Oshkosh to watch and see airplanes doing everything from aerobatics to military past and present showing off their skills. There seems to be miles of parked airplanes to walk through and a seaplane base located south just a few miles. It is accessible by bus from the grounds doing hourly shuttles.

Here are some pictures of the event that shows some of the vastness of aviation.
Samaritan Ministries new 206 Cessna will be heading for Papua New Guinea soon.

Icon makes planes in the light sport division. This plane will fold up and fit on a trailer.

Airbus A350 is the largest jetliner in the world. At 6'2" I can stand inside the engine and not touch.

This Junkers 13 was the first metal bodied plane from 1934

This formation of war birds is a complete volunteer effort for the airshow. They pay all of their own expenses and on their own time for the show.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

PT6 turbo training

This week kicks off a new chapter for the MMS apprenticeship program. The development of the training for the PT6 Pratt-Whitney Canada turbo prop engine. We have been blessed with a PT6 training aid but needed some curriculum to go with that for the apprentices to learn about these growing popular power sources for missionary aviation.

After much hard work from many different people we have started our first training class. Apprentices Aaron Hammitt and Glen Evert along with our Director of training Bob Schwartz  are being introduced to the basics of PT6 engines this week and will be working on the training aid by the end of this week. Our own Mike Dunkley is leading this training. This represents a big milestone in MMS history. This will allow us to better "prepare people and planes for worldwide missionary service".

Mike is beginning his class with student familiarization      
Here they are learning the basic theory of operation       

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Prayer partners

Prayer Partners
This particular story features Melanie Moore.
By Laurie McClary

As with any ministry, prayer is critical to MMS. There are numerous people throughout the world that pray for MMS, for both the people and the organization, every day. Here is an interview with one of those people, Melanie Moore.

How did you hear about MMS?

My sister and brother-in-law were called to serve with MMS six years ago. It has been through them I learned of MMS, its mission and its impact on the world.

How did you become a prayer partner?

My sister asked me. Once she asked the decision was easy. I knew that it was something I not only wanted to do but needed to do.

How has praying for your sister and your brother-in-law affected your relationship with them?

It has taken our relationship to a deeper level and I feel more connected to them. Praying for them makes me feel a part of their ministry. In addition, prayer provides a way that I can be 100% supportive everyday. I am thrilled when my husband and I can give financially to the ministry, however there are months when we are not able to do that. But prayer provides a way I can contribute regardless of our finances.

Do your prayers cause you to feel more connected to MMS?

Yes, but in a round about way. My connection to MMS starts with my sister and her family. Out of that relationship come my prayers for MMS. The prayer letter my sister sends out each month, the newsletters MMS provides and the stories my brother-in-law tells are examples of different means that pull me into my prayers for MMS. I find myself rooting for the planes and I see the value of what they do. But, this all starts first with me praying personally for my sister and brother-on-law.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, I would like to tell you how my prayer life has grown the past five years that I have been praying for MMS. After receiving the prayer requests, I would make mental notes and then diligently take my “to do” list to God. On days I forgot or schedules got busy, I felt guilty and responsible for not being accountable for the commitment I made to my sister, brother-in-law and MMS. I felt connected to it all but there wasn’t much joy in it and if felt more like a weight. Then, about a year ago, I sat in on a lecture* about prayer. God spoke to my heart and my prayer life has been forever changed. Now I see my prayers as expanding God’s kingdom where He is in charge. My prayers are similar to those written in the Psalms praising God for His faithfulness instead of handing him a list of things I want done. My prayers are where God’s grace and the people or situation I am praying for meet up. Through my prayers, He invites me into the journey of both my family and MMS. This way of praying helps me stay connected but also brings a sense of joy and deepens my spiritual relationship with my sister and brother-in-law. The weight has been lifted. Even if I miss a day or two of prayer for MMS, I rest assured and trust that God has continued the work that He has already ordained.

In closing:

God tells us to pray in the Bible. It is one of the avenues God uses for a closer walk with Him. Melanie has been a prayer warrior for her sister, brother-in-law and MMS for 6 years. God has used her and those prayers to serve His purposes. Thank you, Melanie. And, thank you to the many others who pray faithfully for MMS and it’s mission.

*The lecture that Melanie is referring took place at “The Chaplain of the Week” series at Lakeside Chautauqua 2014.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

IAMA......The International Association of Mission Aviation

This past week we had the privilege of hosting the annual conference for IAMA. Once a year they have their conference to bring together the international community of mission aviation and share what is going on and what we can do to help each other out.

There are many different seminars and devotionals that go on during the conference. there is a lot of stories and connecting with each other and great camaraderie. Being at MMS this year provided many opportunities to give tours of the facility and see how we "Prepare people and airplanes for worldwide missionary service". Here are some pictures of the occasion.

The new IAMA President Glen Ferguson Kicks off the event

Our own Bob Schwartz with a morning devotional

Great conversations between sessions

The main session room also known as hangar A

A little flying between main sessions