So August is almost over, the mornings are starting to get frosty,the birds are flocking up to head south, the trees are starting to turn colors, the garden is harvested, moose season starts this weekend; all the while I am starting to panic!
It has been a very productive summer in some respects but in others we are far behind. The Cessna has proven to be a great asset and addition, even though it took a lot of time and a substantial amount of money to get up to my standards. There is legal then there is safe and just because it is legal it doesn’t mean that it is safe. There were a lot of discrepancies that needed attention.
We have put over 200 hours on the Cessna since the middle of May. We have used it for everything from evacuating folks from Galena, hauling kids to/from Kokrine Hills, transporting volunteers and materials to Galena for the rebuilding effort, hauling windows north of the Arctic Circle for a pastor friend so his house/church can save on it’s heating bill, the list goes on and on but you get the idea. The Maule is still a vital part of our tool kit. It has allowed me to get into places that the Cessna can’t go. Some of those flights included helping friends upgrade their power system with a wind turbine, getting into Kokrine hills before the full length of the runway was usable this spring, getting me to Anchorage last minute in bad weather for a much needed pastor training class and of course out to visit friends and say hello.
The airport lease lot is shaping up nicely. The old shipping container looks great with it’s new coat of paint. I have been able to get the container set up to service the airplanes, I have had to do four oil changes this summer. The low spots are filled and we are figuring out where exactly to put the hangar. We are not quite ready to start building a hangar yet, still need funds for the concrete and some roofing material.
We haven’t been able to work on the house at all this summer, there just hasn’t been time. Next week, friends of ours from Arctic Barnabas are coming up to help us get the roof insulated and the addition usable this winter.
Thanks for your part in all of this. Let us know how your summer has been.
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