We returned to the hangar this morning with five inches of fresh snow on the ground. The main roads were in good shape and it's always nice when the snow plow beats us up the hill that leads to the airport. Yesterday we beat the snow plow up the hill and Andy gained some winter driving experience.
Snow on the ground means "Dave's on the Steiner". Dave, our facilities manager, is our dedicated snow removal specialist. And I mean dedicated. It's very important for an aviation facility to have full ramp access in all types of weather. To have full ramp access means the snow needs to be constantly cleared so airplanes can be moved or parked wherever and whenever they need to be. Even a small amount of snow on the ramp can make it nearly impossible to tow or move an aircraft into a different hangar or position. Dave makes sure we're always able to move aircraft.
The Brazil 206 fuselage has been painted, the wings are repaired and ready to be painted, and work's begun on building the avionics harness for the airplane's communication/navigation stack.
It won't be long before this airplane starts coming back together. The goal is to have it completed by the end of March.
I'll update on the 337 for ministry in Canada over the next couple days. It looks like we're going to spend most of tomorrow taking part in the annual review of our Standard Operating Procedures manual.