The daily grind continues as we are now past day 22 of our inspection. There is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel but it’s still pretty small. There is not much of the airplane or any system on the aircraft that hasn’t been effected in someway during this inspection. A few of the interior wall and ceiling panels have stayed in place but I think that is about it. The Lord has continues to show His grace and mercy to us throughout this project, as we’ve made a few mistakes. Have no fear those mistakes have been rectified and I will fly the plane with confidence in a few weeks from now. Our current goal is to have the airplane back in service by the 17th which might be possible we’ll see. The important thing is that it’s put back together correctly :).
This picture is from today as we started to reassemble the tail.
This picture from a couple days ago. We needed to lift the air-frame off the floats to change a couple bolts that were corroding in a lower attachment. Lot of work for just 2 bolts but it’s all part of keep the airplane in good safe working order.
This was the big day we removed the wings a couple weeks ago.
20,000 hrs may not seem like a lot or maybe it does. PK-MAO is now the second Caravan in the MAF worldwide fleet to reach this milestone. A milestone that comes with a lot of work I might add. For the past 2 weeks our team here in Merauke has been hard at work disassembling our beloved airplane down to bear bones. Here are a few photos; day 1, day 5, day 6, and day 8 which was yesterday.
Next week the wings will come off and the plane will be lifted off the floats just high enough for the special NDT (non-destructive testing) tool. The disassembly process is almost complete. Hopefully the following week after the all the NDT is completed we can start to reassemble which usually takes a bit longer than the disassembly part.
Some up and coming things for our family. April my (Greg) mom and niece are coming for a visit and following their departure back to Canada beginning of May we will also be heading to Canada/USA ourselves. As our travel plans start to fall into place we will be posting our schedule here.
Well it’s a new year again and with the new year brings new beginnings. One of which is a new home for our family blog. I was getting a lot of adds on our old blog and I wasn’t sure if others were also seeing adds pop when viewing our blog. So in hope of taking a bit more control over on our blog I felt it was time to relocate.
January has been an exciting month for our family. Julie and the kids have been digging hard into their school studies in hopes of being done before we head back to Canada and the USA in May. We are celebrating 1 year in the same house. This is the longest season for our family with out a move since coming to Indonesia back in Aug 2013. We hope to continue this stretch as we’ve started to plant things in the yard and have started to put down some of our own roots as we build some friendships in what contexts I wouldn’t have thought of before.
I’ve also been busy flying and doing some minor maintenance on MAO. Here are a few pictures from my cell phone on my way up to Sentani the other day. After flying in the swamps of the south coast, it’s a nice change of pace to be able to slip over the mountains at 13000′ on a nice VFR day.
Some challenges have also been faced already this year. Last week our Merauke office manager fell sick, to I’m not sure what. It started out looking pretty bad with blood pressure extremely high. We are thankful that only after a week he is now good enough to be back at home resting and recovering. We are thankful for God’s answered prayers.
Because of the frequency of power outages here it best to protect refrigeration units, A/C, fridges and freezers from starting under load. One of the ways to do this is putting a delay timer in the fridge circuit. However, when the delay unit starts to fail it creates a lot of noise as the contactor its controlling is snapping on and off. That was my project or shall I say a family effort as I removed this protection system that was failing last Saturday. And as per usual this quick project became a somewhat larger one. Before un-wiring the timer and related components it was quickly apparent that some other electrical things weren’t wired up quite right. So an electrical overhaul was in order. I gutted both the panels in the house and rearranged things and did my best to bring our electrical panels closer to a North American standard/code. Now things are better arranged having 220V in one panel and 120V in the other. I won’t go into anymore detail why but I’m thankful for completing the overhaul when I did and also thankful for God’s protection over our home and family this past year. And for those wondering why I would remove the timer system that was protecting our fridge. The system is needed for older fridges or fridges that are imported from countries with good power that don’t have timers built-in already. I did confirm our fridge has it’s on timer, so I see no reason to replace the timer at this time.
This is part way through the project which I will mention again, I had some great helpers and not too many complaints waiting for the A/Cs to work again.
4 hours later, power restored with organized and labelled panels complete with a directory.
And in closing I found this picture a few days ago. Taken by the Hewes family during their visit to Merauke a couple years ago.