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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.



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

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


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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The joy of completion

At the end of last week we had the privilege to say good bye to one our projects. We have completed the New Tribes Mission Aviation (NTMA) 206 Cessna which is now working it's way down to Brazil.

This airplane was brought to MMS for installation of a high frequency radio. While it was here we also helped NTMA obtain their export certificate of airworthiness.

It is traveling now on it's long journey piloted by Charlie with his mild manner and big warming smile. The plane will end its long journey in the western part of Brazil. Charlie and his wife will be helping start a new flight program once there. The people of Cruzeiro Do Sul in the province of Acre are awaiting this airplane to arrive and be available as an air ambulance and cargo as needed.

Following is a map of Brazil and some pictures of this project.

Mike is preparing the wire harness for the radio installation

Mike checking the diagram for the antenna installation

Charlie steps out after the last check ride to get ready for his journey

Heading to the runway

Charlie as he begins his journey and we watch from the ground thankful for the work we were able to perform for the Lord.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Apprentice women

Guest post by Laurie McClary, Co-Leader for Apprentice Women:

The Apprentice Women

(Top left to right, Laurie, Abrielle, Tara, Juli,
Bottom left to right Mary and Kris) not pictured Anita

Hanging out with these women is great fun and the first and third Monday of each month I get to do just that.

However, it is more then just hanging out. When we meet we have an agenda centered on a mission statement.

Our Mission Statement: To have the women grounded in their faith and to have the tools to thrive wherever they are and with whatever they encounter.

With this vision in mind our meetings are full of a variety of activities and guest speakers. This past Monday one of the apprentice women, Abrielle, led the meeting. She is pictured above on the right.

Abrielle gave a brief teaching on contentment. This was centered on the Bible verse:
“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”
Philippians 4:11

She specifically spoke about the act of reflection to assess where we are in our contentment. We were then led through a reflective exercise were we each personally finished these sentences:

The Lord has called me to….
During this time I am learning…
I can serve Him by..

Following this insightful activity Abrielle had us play a game that was a spin off from charades.  As you can imagine lots of laughter was brought on as muddled through.

Then, as at each meeting, we enjoy time of fellowship around the table while we eat a delicious dessert and drink a yummy beverage.

We each left feeling supported and cared for as we continue to get to know God more during this interesting time in our lives.