The Cessna 206 is working out great. It was provided at no cost to us and will be used to further the work in remote Alaska. We have been able to help VFCM with some translator repairs. I have made a couple of trips to KHBC and there are several more flights planned in the coming weeks. The Maule is still a vital tool in our toolbox but just like any other tool it was designed for a specific task, it could preform multiple roles but it is best at what it was designed for. The Maule is still the best tool for our off-airport flights into the bush and the 206 is better at long distance airstrip to airstrip flying with a big load.
We are going to be adding on the the cabin this summer. We plan to start in a couple of weeks with a 14×16 two story addition that will have a dinning room and more bedroom space for the girls. Keep checking for pictures on our progress.
Last week Adam had the chance to take Rick Migra out to Ruby so they could see what it would take to get the radio translator back on the air. The translator takes a satellite signal from Nenana and rebroadcasts it via a low power FM radio transmitter for the local area. One of the difficulties of having these scattered all over Alaska is that it is hard to keep up with the preventive maintenance therefore many of these translators are only visited when there is a report of problems. Ruby had been off the air for sometime due to a tree falling onto the dish and doing considerable damage. Adam and Rick were able to patch a few things together but there are a few things that will have to be replaced in order to get this back on the air. Parts have been ordered and when they arrive we will head back out and make the permanent repairs. Once again the airplane is proving to be a wonderful tool for helping get the Gospel into remote Alaska.
By the way did you know that you can listen to the same signal that is being broadcast all over Alaska? Listen online now!