The kids have returned to Coshocton Christian school this year. Ella has the same teacher as last year, and Ian has a new teacher who has substituted in previous years. Although the kids initially weren't excited to see summer come to an end, they are both enjoying school, and it's been good for us to get back into a routine.
In the hangar, I've been spending a lot of time stripping paint from Missionary Air Group's Cessna 206. This is a messy and time-consuming process, but it has to be done! This week the last of the paint should be stripped from the fuselage. We've already finished the flaps, ailerons, wings, and a number of small parts.
|Stripping paint can be a messy job!
I also had the chance to work with Dwight and Joel on the annual inspection of a Piper Aztec. It was interesting to get exposure to this airplane and its systems. We don't work on a lot of twin-engine aircraft at MMS. I had the opportunity to conduct the post-inspection run, which was my first time operating a twin-engine airplane. Of course it would have been fun to go up for a flight (if I had an instructor along!), but I enjoyed taxiing and running the engines with the dual throttle controls. Here's a link to a time lapse video (also embedded below) of some work on this airplane.
Closing up a Piper Aztec at MMS Aviation from Aaron Hammitt on Vimeo.
Ian's birthday was this month, and one of the things he wanted was to make a skateboard (a longboard, to be exact). He rode a board belonging to a former MMS apprentice, and decided he wanted one of his own. I ended up doing most of the work, but Ian did help with some sanding and assembly. Here is the finished product (minus grip tape). At 56 inches long, it lives up to its name as a longboard!
|Ian testing out his new skateboard.
I'm sure there's more I could write, but I'm going to call it a night! Thanks for your interest in our lives and our ministry. Good night!