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Friday, November 9, 2012

Crunch Time

The pressure is on right now! Not only is there an extremely high-demand for flights in our new Cessna-182, but our AMO License is about to expire on November 10th. In order to maintain aircraft registered in Madagascar we have to maintain an AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization) and along with it all the paperwork required by the local aviation authority here. Rob has been working long hours going through piles of paperwork for ACM (Aviation Civil de Madagascar) to make sure that we can continue to maintain and operate aircraft. ACM was recently audited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and because of that audit has completely updated all of their rules so that they could maintain ICAO compliance. What this means is that Rob has had to re-write all our manuals (4 manuals) to align with these new rules. Rob's workload has been very high because he has had to re-write the manuals and also maintain the aircraft which are under very high demand which means they need a lot of maintenance. Even though maintenance engineers are typically responsible for lots of paperwork and desk time, Rob says this is a bit extreme due to the special circumstances, but knows that in the long run it will be a good thing for Madagascar because the new system now aligns to internationally recognized standards.

At best ACM will renew our license to maintain aircraft right away. Second best, they could give us an extension on our current license. At worst, our license expires and Rob and Michel can no longer fix any problems on the aircraft or do any routine checks either. The pilots may continue to fly, but if something breaks, the program is on hold until the license is renewed.

Please pray for these circumstances. Pray for peace as Rob feels anxious about all of the submitted paperwork and is ready to see this very large task finished. Please pray for the pilots who are also working on the operations side of the paperwork and have a lot to do, as well as flying. We don't want to see things paused---however God knows the bigger picture and He knows what's best for our program and the timing of everything. We trust in Him.

Until Next Time....