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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chad 206 Restoration

Here's a video that covers one of our projects from start to finish. This MAF airplane operated in Chad, Africa, and was damaged in a wind storm. MAF disassembled the airplane, secured it in a shipping container, and shipped it to us for restoration and repair. This is the type of work we regularly do and it illustrates the depth of aviation maintenance experience our apprentice mechanics regularly receive.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gabon 207's Initial Engine Run

It's nothing fancy but here's a quick clip of the Gabon 207's initial engine run this afternoon. Lord willing, the 207 will be in the air next week. Steve Straw, missionary pilot of the airplane, is here to conduct the flights.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Snapshots

Summer has temporarily returned to the Midwest with clear sky and temps into the 80's. It's kind of nice as the past weekend was wet, cold, and rather dreary. Right now there's blue sky as far as the eye can see and sun so bright you have to squint when going outside.

The trees have started to turn color with some gold and red leaves mixed in with the green. It gets very pretty up here when the trees reach peak color. Yes, we're officially in fall and it's a great time to have all the hangar doors open. They'll be closed long enough soon enough, I'm afraid.

Here are a couple snapshots of progress on the Gabon 207 and the Wings With The Word 402. Also, we sent another mission airplane back into service today, the Brigade Air 172.

The Gabon 207

The 207 is very close to flight. The wings are on, the control surfaces are hung, and the interior is being installed. Lord willing, it'll be back in the air over the next couple weeks.

Hanging one of the propellers on the Cessna 402

The Cessna 402

The Cessna 402 is back on its wheels, its propellers are in place, and is only a few more structural repairs away from rolling out into the sunshine and leaping into the sky.

Speaking of leaping into the sky...

Brigade Air's Cessna 172

Brigade's 172 was back in our hangar for annual inspection these past couple weeks. With the inspection completed the 172 is once again enjoying some air time.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for your interest and involvement with us as we prepare people and planes for worldwide mission service.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

GCI's King Air Returns To Service

We've had a flurry of activity around here the past couple of weeks. Here's a clip of one of the airplanes we've recently returned to service: Gospel Carrier International's Super King Air 200.