Tag Archives: Construction

2017 Workteams

We are in the planning stages for next summer’s work teams. Have you wanted to visit us? Are you curious how ministry in Alaska works? Do you want to help us get the hangar project completed? Here is your chance! Right now we are planning two separate work teams. The first will finish the front wall and hang the big door with other general construction projects. The second will focus on more of the electrical/mechanical aspects of the project. Go to our Facebook page to find out all the details. Hope to see you next summer!

TMM Hangar
Still needing to hang the big door.

Can’t Wait Till Next Winter

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.

OK, I’ll Admit It’s A Little Chilly

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.