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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A special treat

Mercy Air has completed it's helicopter, and to say thank you to MMS for the use of it's facility they were giving families a ride. It was exciting sitting in the front seat with anticipation as you heard the slow whine start to pick up momentum and the long blades started to swirl around. Inside the cockpit you could feel the wump, wump, wump of the rotor blades swirling. Looking through the windshield you could see the swirls of snow curling across the ground. After all checks of the helicopter we were cleared for take off. The slow upward lift as it pulled us skyward felt like we were floating on a cloud and the nose pointed forward and tilted down slightly and we were off.

Getting a view of Coshocton from 1,000 ft. above was breath taking. We worked our way south looking at our houses and worked our way back north to around Newbedford along the Amish coun- try and then back to the hangar. As we made our approach there were families eagerly anticipating their ride with smiles on their faces and children dancing about wondering when it was their turn.

As we hovered over the taxi-way and gently touched down in front of hangar A it was time for us to give up our seats and let the next family have their turn. AS we touched down we were greeted by Mike the mechanic as he had his warm Swiss smile and opened the door to help us out. These are rare but wonderful opportunities when we get to actually fly in one of the projects from our hangar.
A view from above the hangar

Coshocton from 1,000ft. above

A couple of happy passengers enjoying the flight

A view of the approaching hangar

Mike as he is helping the passengers into the helocopter

Liftoff!!

The Mercy Air crew Mike, David, and Matthias

Here is the Helicopter today getting ready for shipping to South Africa

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mercy Air does it's first test run on N220CF

 After months of reconfiguration the Mercy Air helicopter had it's first test run. This helicopter has been reconfigured from an air ambulance to a utility helicopter. There are countless hours of taking apart each section of the helicopter and preparing it for it's new home in South Africa.

MMS Aviation does not do helicopters but we are allowing Mercy Air to utilize space in our back hangar to work on their project. It has been a wonderful experience to work along side these fellow workers.

Mercy Air does disaster relief work in the South African region where they have had some recent flooding. The helicopter that is being reconfigured is needed there very soon to start running flights. They have a second helicopter which has been utilized and has now run out of running cycles and the helicopter needs to be overhauled so the timing of this one being completed and returned to service is very critical. I have attached some pictures of the helicopter and the recent flooding in Mozambique which is one of the areas where Mercy Air operates.




The helicopter when it arrived in August 2014

The helicopter after major reconfiguration in February 2015
The other helicopter picking up much needed supplies to deliver

Loading these much needed supplies from the truck
Delivering the much needed supplies to the villages

Notice that the flooding is making it near impossible for villagers to cross the rivers



The villagers awaiting the much needed supplies from Mercy Air





































Monday, January 26, 2015

Marty gets prayer

Early last week we had "Marty" the Angel serial #002 fly back to the hangar for it's final paper work sign off with the FAA. The Angel needed to obtain it's export certificate of air worthiness. After the  FAA inspectors for our region made their plans to make their visit and inspect the Angel (Marty), everything was looked at from the physical plane to the mountain of accumulated necessary paper work. After two days of inspecting the certificate was obtained and "Marty" was ready for the open skies once again and  one step closer to it's home in Bolivia where SAMair will put "Marty" to work.

One of the privileges that we have is to surround the pilot and the plane and send it off with prayer. We are blessed to get to do this on a regular basis. Greg and "Marty" were lifted up and sent on their way. I have attached some pictures of the occasion below.


Praying for Greg , SAMair and for the work they will be doing

Need I say more

Greg makes his final inspection before flight
One final fly by as Greg and "Marty" fade into the sky

Friday, January 16, 2015

The MAF Suriname 206 gets its wings

The new year is starting at a fast pace here at MMS. We have finished inventory, review of our SOP manual cleaned the hangar and jumped right in to the many projects in the hangar. One of the first priorities was to get the wings installed on the Suriname 206. This is an effort of large proportions to properly install the wings. It takes a lot of man power to work them into position and then connect them to the fuselage.

The Suriname 206 came from Indonesia where it served many years and needed to be rebuilt. This is the largest rebuild we have done here at MMS. This plane was completely taken apart and is now in the reassembly stages. Connecting the wings back on is a major step in the project to get it to completion. I have attached a video time lapse of the project so you can see the effort it takes.


                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

a new year and a new beginning

As we begin each new year we think of it as a new beginning a starting over a golfers mulligan so to speak. Here at MMS we see each new year as a fresh start to a new beginning and a chance to serve in ways we may have not served before. Our new beginning is also a new beginning for new staff and apprentices as well. In December we had Jenny Haver start at the hangar and in just a few short weeks we have two new faces starting out in the hangar as well. David Blanton who is receiving some advanced training to go with his A&P will be here for the next two years and we have a new staff member who has joined us from World Gospel Mission and is on loan to us, Mike Garrett is a former apprentice graduate and is now serving as staff in our hangar. With each new face comes new talents and abilities.

As we begin each year here at MMS we have the new beginning with an important task known as inventory. Every rivet every screw every piece of sheet metal must be accounted for. This daunting task takes the help of every one out on the floor. This year may have been the most efficient we have been at completing this task. Way to go every one great job. I have attached some pictures of the occasion below.



        






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A rare December treat

November was a cold, windy, wet month with snow and ice and frigid temps. As the month ran out and December began there has been a noticeable change in the weather here in Coshocton. The temperatures have started to be noticeably above normal for most of the month so far. This is a rare treat for us to be working in these mild temps. It is a rare occasion when we can be working in the hangar with the doors opened and have no need for a heavy jacket. The temps. have been hovering in the mid 50's. What a blessing but we know it will turn quickly.
Ahhh!!! December 15th, 2014- 55 degrees

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Angel takes flight

After a long awaited finish of the Angel project, we saw the completion of that project Wednesday before thanksgiving. Everyone huddled somewhere on or around the aircraft turning and cranking of wrenches, measuring and checking instruments until those wonderful words appeared, "we need to take it outside and test run." Wow it is really outside and running. This was the finest display of team work I have seen in a long time. Everyone pitched in and did their part to complete the task they were given. A day of test flights was next on the schedule. Greg, the pilot of the Angel for South America Missions was ready with Chuck as his copilot. They hit the open skies to bore a few holes in it. After a couple of hours of flying they were ready to land and call it a day.

The next day was a wrap up day as Dennis looked over all of the paper work. Greg was busy putting his flight plan together and finalizing the last of the preparations. Jim was in the hangar doing one final check of everything on the plane and after a couple of hours the hangar door was opened up and the angel was ready to fly. Greg with his bright smile said his goodbyes and climbed into the cockpit. The engines were fired up all checks were in place and off Greg went to fuel the plane and set for the runway. We all gathered to the runway off hangar A and waved our goodbyes as the Angel was now in flight to start its journey towards its new home in Bolivia. Another project completed and ready to serve. We sure are blessed to get to serve the Lord in mission aviation. Apprentice Aaron Hammitt put this video time lapse together of all the hard work and team work on the Angel project. Here is a link to that video https://vimeo.com/113106742


Project manager Terry McClary discussing the plan of action with Greg for the test flight

Greg and Chuck doing their preflight inspection and plan of action before hitting the skies

Clear!!

Greg is taxiing to the run way for his departure
The Angel is now in flight