It was a very productive summer, wettest on record but it is amazing to see what was accomplished. It has been such a busy summer that we haven’t been updating you as much as we liked. Hopefully you have been watching the progress in pictures on the TMM Hangar page. We have also been updating things regularly on our Facebook page. We are “friends” right?
Now that there is 6″ of snow on the ground and things are done for the construction season, look for more updates coming of how the summer went and what the winter holds.
Thank you for your prayers and support. We serve an incredible God!
It’s -45f outside and I need to fly tomorrow. Probably not going to happen, -30 is my cut off flying solo and -20 when I have passengers. It’s just too hard on equipment and people. Besides no one can come help fast enough if we have trouble. On the bright side, we just got confirmation that we have the funding in place to build our hangar. So maintenance and preflights will be much easier starting next fall! Keep an eye on the Hangar Project page for updates.
So my plans to work outside today and make progress on the new addition are on hold. It’s -47 outside right now so I’m going to try and get caught up on the mountain of things stacked on my desk.
As we started the addition this summer I had to remove one of our heaters. The addition has not progressed to the stage where I can install it in its new location. So as a result we have one undersized heater for the house, trying its best to keep it 120 degrees warmer than the outside. I must say I’m impressed, it’s holding its own if only with the thinest of margins. It does concern me though that we have no back-up or second heat source other than electric heaters. Heat in an Alaskan winter is not a luxury it is a critical life support system! In aviation we have a phrase that applies here too. “One is none and two is one.” One heater is none if there is a failure, two heaters gives a little safety net. Right now our safety net is electric heat but in a power outage we would be sunk until I could get our generator warmed up enough to run. Call me paranoid or weird; but with all my training as a Pilot, EMT and Firefighter I think about this stuff a lot especially with a wife and three little girls to protect and keep warm.
With the colder weather Lyndy is having to make adjustments to her routine to feed us. Propane won’t boil below -43 so the cook stove is hard to use right now. Time to use the Crockpot! Now I have to concentrate on paper work while the house smells like a gourmet restaurant with the moose stew simmering away downstairs.