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Setting Up Kodiak For Success

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With three Kodiaks arriving far more rapidly than we expected in Papua New Guinea, it’s urgent to finish final setup of the program so the Kodiaks can fly smoothly, efficiently, and above all, safely.



Keep them flying

Building a parts inventory for the three new Kodiaks will ensure that mechanics have what they need on hand, reducing downtime for the aircraft. The experience of others flying Kodiaks in Papua New Guinea and similar places shows us that we’ll need to stock not just parts for routine maintenance but also items needed for repairs. For example, rugged airstrips and tropical heat take a toll on equipment, so we’ll want to have — among other things — tires, starters, batteries, bearings and nose gear parts on hand. 

 

... rugged airstrips and tropical heat take a toll on equipment, so we’ll want to have — among other things — tires, starters, batteries, bearings and nose gear parts on hand. ”

Flying safely

The Cessna 206s formerly used in PNG were much simpler aircraft and normally operated by sight under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Now, transition training and experience are essential to getting our pilots certified to operate the more complex — yet far more capable — Kodiaks, including proficiency to fly by instruments under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) on a regular basis.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea requires that every pilot who flies by IFR must pass a competency check flight every six months. That means that each pilot needs to fly twice per year to the capital city – the only airport in the country that has an Instrument Landing System.  For each of them to do that adds up to about $40,000 per year for the flights.  Our future plan is to have a flight simulator that will allow pilots to update their skills on location at NTM Aviation flight headquarters in Goroka.  Learn more about the simulator project.

Not only our pilots but also our mechanics need specialized training to keep Kodiaks flying safely and in optimal condition.   Your gift will help finance costs for both pilots and mechanics to get advanced Kodiak training in the USA as well as on location in Papua New Guinea.

Hundreds of missionary families in Papua New Guinea will benefit from the smooth, efficient and safe flight service of the Kodiaks ”

Your gift keeps on working

Hundreds of missionary families in Papua New Guinea will benefit from the smooth, efficient and safe flight service of the Kodiaks.  Church planting teams will depend on the Kodiaks to serve them for the ten to twenty years that it takes to plant a thriving church.  Missionary families will have transportation in and out of the bush.  They’ll get the supplies they need.  And they’ll know that help is quickly available in the event of a medical emergency.  

Your gift to complete the Kodiak setup project will help for years to come.  Thank you! 

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