I have only been doing aircraft maintenance for a year, so a part of me was concerned that I wouldn't be much help on the Cheyenne. But then again, as I look back on the past year, I'm amazed at how much I have already learned through my apprenticeship at MMS. Despite my relative lack of knowledge, I was excited about the opportunity to help another mission organization with a very tangible need.
We arrived in Dryden Sunday evening, and got to work on Monday morning! We helped NYP's mechanic, Kenton, with many routine maintenance and inspection tasks, as well as fixing issues that were discovered during the inspection. Although this particular model of airplane was new to me, my training at MMS had prepared me well to be able to help with many maintenance tasks (and to know where to find the relevant information in the maintenance manuals). Unexpectedly, there was even a particular item that needed to be replaced on the PT-6 turbine engines, with which I was the only one who had prior experience.
|Kenton sent me this photo from the
Cheyenne's return-to-service flight.
I really enjoyed the trip, and I'm grateful that Josh and I were able to be an answer to prayer for Kenton and Northern Youth Programs. God could have used anyone, but by simply being available I got the privilege of being a small part of helping NYP fulfill their mission of discipling believers in Northern Canada!
The video below is a highlight reel from my trip. I hope you enjoy it!
And if you want to learn a little more about what Northern Youth Programs does, here is a brief explanation from NYP's pilot and founder: