Saturday, October 23, 2021

WINGS OFF! Airplane Update

 File this under "Best Practices"...

This is our Cessna 207, in the foreground, with both wings off!  "Best Practices" in aircraft maintenance means checking out critical attach points from time to time- like an airplane uber-physical!

An NDT (non-destructive testing) specialist came to check out the integrity of the struts and...

... the wing root attach points.  The test showed that all is well! YES! Our volunteer teammate, Dan Snow (left), is the one responsible for all this excellent work.

Dan is leaving no stone unturned!!!  Dan highlighted some of this birds history...
"this airplane has been serving mission work in Botswana and Zambia since 1984 (it's a 1982 model)- 37 years and 13,700 hours flight time! It is now being prepared for Gabon, Central Africa."

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

New Airplane Update- Visiting Mechanic

As you may know, we're retiring the Cessna 207 that's been with us for many years, here in Gabon- N207FD.  As we say "au revoir" to that aircraft (we'll share more on its journey soon), we say hello to N207BH- another Cessna 207, slightly "younger" in terms of hours in service.  It is in Nairobi getting outfitted and some new decals.

Terry, Dan's colleague at JAARS, dropped everything
to make sure the tail number was ready to go.

We are so thankful for the help of volunteer Dan Snow, from our friends at JAARS, in Waxhaw, NC.  As I write this, he is traveling from the US to Kenya for two weeks of work.  

Dan, working on the tail logo.

Thank you for your support of this work to keep critical transportation services operating, serving the church, in Gabon.

Dan at Charlotte Int'l Airport, starting off to Africa!

   Standby for more pictures from Dan and updates on the work.