Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fly in with MAF

One of the many requirements to be a pilot with MAF is to be a commercially rated pilot-which I am. However, the flight training process here at MAF is quite strenuous. To the point where at times I have felt like a beginner pilot all over again. 

After one particularly difficult lesson (I don't remember which one), I was wondering to myself if I would ever "get it" and if MAF would ever let me fly one of their airplanes by myself. But God has a sense of humor. As I was unjustly berating myself, one of the other Instructor Pilots walked up and said, "Hey, do you want to take this airplane to a fly-in this weekend?" Initially I ignored him because I assumed he was talking to the other Instructor, but he said my name, then repeated the question. "Um, is MAF the coolest organization in the whole wide world? YES!"

So long story short, our family and one of the other pilot/mechanics in training and his family loaded into the airplane and flew to the fly in. The rest of this story would be best shared in pictures. Enjoy!
We couldn't have asked for a better day. 

Adah doing a "pre-flight inspection" on Petey the plane

Okay Mommy and Daddy, it's good to fly. Be back later!

The MAF booth with plane

The plane I was priviledged to fly in. It cleans up nicely!
               It wasn't until we got there that we realized it was not just a fly in, but a classic car show as well...

                                                             .....and antique tractor show.....

                                                           ......And antique tractor pull.......

                       ......I already felt like I was back in the south, but this really made it feel like home!

We finished the day off with a little bit of sight seeing on the flight back

Friday, September 13, 2013

More Flight Videos... Fourth/Fifth week of MAF Standardization

I've been at it again. Maybe I am starting to get the hang of video editing, maybe not. But either way, here is the link to You Tube of week two (and a bit more) of MAF Flight Standardization. For the most part, we get to practice and apply the techniques we learned in week one. Things like short field, Short Take off and Landing (STOL) approaches, terrain flying, emergencies, and the like. With the magic of video editing, you get to go straight to most of the highlights. If I included all of them, the video would be about 30 hours long...

Here is the link, and as always, thanks for watching, praying and joining with us in ministry. If you have any technical aviation questions, please ask, I LOVE to share!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This Week in very few words

Just a quick update on the goings on here in Nampa. I was only able to get video 3 days last week, and I am only flying 2 days this week before the hands on Maintenance starts. So, I think what I am going to do is hold off on finishing the next flight reel until these next two days are done. We did have a great weekend representing MAF at a local Fly In, and Tasha will write about that soon.

As always, thanks for following our blog, and thank you for being a crucial part of this ministry with MAF!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Videos Are Louder than Words...Especially if the Volume is up

Hey all, en lieu (that's French) of a post,  I (Kevin) put together a video clip of my first week in the airplane, which is the third week of training overall. I hope you can spare 12 minutes or so to watch.
Here is the link: MAF Flight Standardization, Week 1


If you have any questions about what you see, please feel free to comment! Hope you all enjoy, and we will try to have one video per week of flight training.

A Bientot (that's French too)