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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

November update

November just flew by at an alarming rate! I still cannot believe it is over. Hopefully December, January and February will pass just as quickly, I’m not much of a winter person. I look forward to long warm summer days.

To start with, I’m sad to say that after weeks of praying and the counsel of many godly individuals we have decided to withdraw from Asas de Socorro. There is not any one specific reason just a lot of little clues that it was time. I want to thank those of you who encouraged us and prayed for us during this difficult time. We will continue to serve the mission community here in Coshocton at MMS until god leads us to do otherwise.

The big news in the hanger is the completion and shipment of the MAF Cessna 206. Team leader Dale Coates and his team has worked very hard over the last year on it. It is always a good feeling to see the completed airplanes pushed out, started up and fly away. After the FAA completed the inspection of the airplane and paperwork the 206 was disassembled and put back into a container for it journey home. It will be serving again in South Africa as a trainer.

I continue to work on the MAG 206 and the Moody 182. The MAG 206 wing I have been working on has had the repairs all completed and I am hoping to be doing the leak test on the fuel cell this week. I’ll let you know how it goes, I did a test run with water and it seemed to hold that fine but fuel is a little bit more viscous. On the 182 I have been working on repairing the “nose bowl” it is a fiberglass part that on the very font of the airplane, in a matter of a fact only the propeller sticks out farther. The nose bowl was showing its age before the wreck and the wreck didn’t help either. There was one bad crack across the front and then a lot of small cosmetic defects. I have repaired the crack and I am now presently working on the small dings, chips and scratches. I hope to have it finished by the end of this week. For my next project I am waiting on an engine overhaul that should be arriving soon. The ministry’s name is “Heartland” and they fly into Mexico in support of missionaries and the local church.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the upcoming holidays, until then may God bless you in all you do. Josh & Kristi

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