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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.