At any moment now, I will get an email confirmation that our insurance company has wired the funds to our account and we can then wire funds to our friends at MMS Aviation so that they can get their crew's airfare, fly to Gabon, and containerize our aircraft for return to the US (that was an awfully long sentence). Please pray that this happens expeditiously.
At the same time, we are working to pursue options for aircraft to fill-in. As previously stated in previous blogs, we have 2 candidates- a Cessna 206 and a Beechcraft Baron. Below we have a couple updates on the situation...
CESSNA 206 UPDATE: (like the one pictured)
As you can see, the Cessna 206 is very much like our Cessna 207- just a little shorter. 6 seats and still has the double doors to get the stretcher in. UPDATE... The owner of the C206 has indicated that they want to SELL the aircraft (not rent) by September. Since we don't have the resources to purchase the aircraft at this time ($118,000), we are in a little bit of a pickle. Please pray with us!
A NEW OPTION???
Here is a picture of a Pilatus Porter working for JAARS in Indonesia. It is a turbo-prop (burns jet fuel) aircraft that typically seats 8. In Gabon, there is just such an aircraft working for a private company. I am currently dialoguing with them on how we might be able to use this aircraft as it sits idle quite often.
Please pray for all these things. As you might suspect, with any option comes a pile of paperwork and hoops to jump through. But... all things are possible!