Monday, September 21, 2015

Yes... Lips do Sweat

Have you ever worn a respirator mask on a cement ramp with 100+ degree heat and 95% humidity.  Lets just say that I didn't know that my lips and nose had so many sweat glands!  They got a great work out!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Daily Grind

Grind, sand, grind, sand, wash, inspect... Repeat...
I'm racing against the clock to get rid of the filiform corrosion that's slowly creeping under the airplane's paint. Today or tomorrow I should be getting my airplane parts and then we'll have what we need to get back in the air.
In case you were wondering. These events don't usually make it into flashy mission videos, but it does give me time to think about the work that we do and pray for the projects.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Quiet Evenings in the Hangar

This is the side of mission aviation that most don't know about (i.e. doing overtime under florescent light at night).

These days I find myself staying at Ogle much later than I normally do since my family is still back in the States.  But there comes a point in which Darren and I run out of energy, and the mosquitoes drive us to insanity.  For the last three nights that's been between 7 and 7:30pm.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fixin the Plane

My friend Darin Lea from Adventist World Aviation (AWA) flew in from Mabaruma Village yesterday to get his airplane looked after.  I asked him whether he would be willing to take a few moments to look at a trim issue on our airplane.

Well "a few moments" turned into 5+ hours of exploratory investigation.  Sometimes when you dig into a squawk, it can grow, and pretty soon you've got the whole back end of the airplane pulled apart.  So the airplane (sadly) is down for a little while, as we sort out some of these issues.  But I'm excited because we're getting some things needed maintenance and while we're doing this needed maintenance, it will allow us to get caught up on some other things as well.