July News

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Don’s first flight in July was to take an Alaska Bible Institute group up to White Mountain for a week of activities. While in the air we talked to Mark, one of our other pilots who was flying the slower Caravan and asked why he had scheduled the slower aircraft to flying the longer trips that day. As a result of our inquiry we were sent to Red Devil to pick up the pastor and his family and take them to Anchorage instead of the Caravan. Even with this extra trip we got home only half an hour behind the Caravan.

Don’s next flight was down to Sand Point to pick up 6 junior high kid and take them to the Tanalian Bible Camp at Port Alsworth. Everything went very well and we back in Soldotna by 3 PM.

.......................................................................................................................Sand Point Kids ...........

Don's next flight, on Sunday, 8 July was to take the second Arctic Barnabus team to Elim where they were refurbishing the pastor's house.
............................................................................................................................AB Team 2......

Tuesday, 10 July, was a return trip to White Mountain to pick up the team we dropped off the week before and take them to Homer.

...................................................................................................................Arctic Bible Institute Kids..

We were empty on the way up so loaded 900 lb of metal roofing to drop off in Elim (about 20 from White Mountain). That way it doesn’t cost anything because we were already going that way.
.............................................................................................................Roofing for Elim parsonage.
Don’s next mission, on a Thursday, 19 July, was to fly the third Arctic Barnabus group to Elim; this group was from Visalia, CA. See picture at right. Then we were to proceed to Unalakleet to pick up some junior high kids at the Child Evangelism Fellowship camp and take them home to Hooper Bay. We were to return to Unalakleet to pick up some camp volunteers from Winlock, WA and take them to Soldotna. Looking at the weather forecast the day before we decided to leave at 7 PM Wednesday and fly the
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...................................................................................................Third Arctic Barnabus group to Elim...... group to Elim and try to get the kids to Hooper Bay before the weather moved in. Flying to Elim we used the satellite phone to coordinate with the camp and Hooper Bay about weather and when we would leave and arrive. We delivered our Elim people & cargo, arriving in Unalakleet at 11:30 PM. After refueling and loading the kids we were off at midnight with the sun still 20 degrees above the horizon. We got to Hooper Bay about 1:15 AM and were back in Unalakleet at 2:30 AM. On our way back was saw the sun finally set (actually set behind some clouds). Click on picture above. In bed by 3 AM we were up at 8 AM and airborne by 10 AM and home by noon. By going a day early we were able to avoid getting stuck in Unalakleet waiting for Hooper Bay weather and were able to get the Winlock people back in time to catch their airline flights on Friday.
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Don’s next flights were to fly one group to Togiak on Saturday, 21 July, and another group from Mountain Village to Anchorage on Sunday, 22 July. The flight to Togiak was uneventful and the Global Partnership group was delivered safely.
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................................................................................................................ Global Partnership to Togiak.
We then flew to Bethel to get fuel. The weather at Mountain Village not good enough for us to fly in so we stayed at the Moravian Seminary overnight where we are taken care of very well by the Director, Tom Conrad. After church on Sunday we flew to Mountain Village in much better weather and joined the other King Air that had flown out from Soldotna. The group from Community Covenant Church, Eagle River had taken 12 teenage youth to paint and repair several of the native homes owned by elderly people. While there a murder occurred and they were able to help some of the village teenagers deal with it. It was tense for a while but a real opportunity as well. They all felt they had really accomplished far more than they had intended.
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................................................................................................................Community Covenant group.
Don’s next flight was a windows flight. A windows flight requires that we fly no higher than 5000 ft so that the double pane windows don’t explode. We had beautiful weather that allowed us to fly Lake Clark pass through the Alaska Range and then on out over the tundra. We dropped a volunteer, Paul, and his equipment at Hooper Bay, delivered the windows to Pastor John Cardwell at Scammon Bay and proceeded to Togiak to pick up the Faith Baptist group who had been running a week long bible camp. The weather was so nice that we decided to go to Anchorage low level and through Lake Clark Pass to give the passengers a good view of the glaciers.
Click on picture for more photos ...............................................................................................................Paul & cargo to HPB

Don’s last flight of July was pick up the Togiak pastor, Paul Frost and 8 junior high youth. We took the youth to the Alaska Native Youth Conference (ANYC) in Wasilla and then took Pastor Paul on to Anchorage. All in all it was a busy but rewarding month.
............................................................................................................Togiak youth to ANYC in Wasilla........

While not flying: Don was working on combining two spreadsheets he had previously developed into one which provides the pilots with all the information about their flights. This includes the passenger names, their weights and where they are going. There is also contact information for when things changes , as they always do. We also include contact information for refueling stops. The last part is the weight and balance spreadsheet for each flight. In the past the pilot has been responsible for gathering all this information once he knows the place he’s flying to and recording passenger names during the flights. With this new 2 page form all the information is provided for him. A side benefit is that when the scheduler is ready to hand over the information for the return flights it is already in spreadsheets so it’s just a matter of copy & paste greatly reducing the time to fill out the forms with the appropriate data.