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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Preparations For The Aircraft

There is a lot that goes into getting a new aircraft in the program: a lot more than even I originally realized. Not only is there the actual physical hurdle of just getting it here, but there is all the paperwork, spare parts, special tooling, etc. that needs to be arranged as well. I have had a few sit down meetings already where we were trying to figure out all the logistics involved: how to get the container from the port to here, how to get the container off the truck once it gets here (safely since it has an aircraft in it), what to do with the container once it's empty, how do we arrange the aircraft in the hanger so that they can be easily taken out and in without hitting things, etc.

Well if you ask enough questions eventually you start to come up with answers and from there you make a plan and start to work. This is something that I have always enjoyed doing, I like to think about all the steps involved with doing something and making a plan, then getting to work.

Over the last few weeks we have shifted into high gear as the arrival date has crept ever closer and we started some of the bigger steps involved with the arrival. We had a generator in the hangar that we had to move outside in order to make more room for where the tail of our new aircraft will be parked. We also had to do some digging so that there would be room to put the container once it is empty of its precious cargo. We will be moving the 20 foot container we currently have here at the hangar and replacing it with the 40 foot one that the aircraft is coming inside of. The old container is going to our vehicle maintenance garage for more storage space.

Wesley couldn't help but ask for a ride, not that I could blame him, I would have too.

All ready and nice and level too.

Along with all of this also comes the great news that the container has arrived in Toamasina and we are expecting to see it before the end of next week. Praise the Lord.


Tim Klaassen April 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM  

Rob and Karina,
Thanks for the airplane/engineer update. I know Ron Bradburn would love this; you used sentences he uses all the time: make a plan, work your plan! Things like that.
Continue to shine where God has gifted you, friends.
Every blessing,
Tim in Nanaimo