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Written by Callene Ross, office manager

In the last four weeks, we have seen five aircraft come through the Tucson hangar for some type of inspection. 

Just like humans see the doctor once a year, airplanes go in for a check-up every year as well. This sort of inspection allows the mechanics to look inside the aircraft for any abnormalities and fix ongoing problems for the airplane to fly safely in the coming year.

During these examinations, the mechanics inspect every inch of the airplane. This includes the internal structure, electrical components, flight controls, and engine components. Anywhere from four to five mechanics work on an inspection at a time, and every item gets looked at twice by at least two different people, sometimes more. 


The final stages of an annual where everything gets checked twice
Out of our entire fleet, 29C is my favorite aircraft to fly in, because of the gorgeous paint job, nice seats, and performance on short airstrips. We just completed an annual, and it came away with a clean bill of health!  Praise the Lord! We are always so thankful when an aircraft passes its annual with airworthiness. 
John VanWormer doing the finishing touches as he secures the cowling back on 29C


Justin Ross performing a 50-hour inspection for 04G
04G is owned by a ministry partner but we operate it under UIM Aviation's Operations Manual, meaning we inspect it under our own standards and procedures. Under Paul Timblin and Tony Harmon's supervision, Justin Ross, my husband, is currently performing a 50-hour inspection. This inspection is less extensive than an annual, but just as important. 

Today, he and Tony Harmon checked the compression of the engine and pulled out the spark plugs to measure with a spark plug gauge. So far, the inspection for 04G is going really well! 
Measuring the spark plug

424 and 46J:

Tony Harmon looking over a checklist for 424
424 and 46J are owned by ministry partners, but we work them into our rotation of annuals. We praise the Lord for the airworthiness of these aircraft, as well! 
The guys pushing 46J onto a scale to weigh it


And finally, an update on 52Q. All the progress we have made is underneath floorboards and panels. We installed all new antennas, put the radio rack in, and there's ongoing wiring with avionics being done as I write this. Jerry Miel continues to graciously donate his time and skills to work on the avionics portion of the aircraft.

Upcoming financial needs for 52Q to get off the ground:
  • Propeller ($12,000)
  • Paint job ($15,000)
  • Engine Monitor ($6,000)
  • Other hardware and parts we anticipate purchasing ($5,000)

Other financial needs on behalf of the organization:
  • 3 ADS-B units that we need to purchase by December of 2019. The FAA requires that every aircraft working in a certain airspace have these, otherwise the aircraft will be grounded. We currently have 2 units already and are in need of 3 more ($3,500 per unit)

Personnel needs:
  • Full time pilot/mechanics
  • Avionics specialist
  • Director of Operations
  • Safety Officer
  • Fundraiser

Prayer needs:
  • Pray for our mechanics to have clear judgement and discernment in our upcoming annual for 901. 
  • Pray for 901 to have a clean bill of health. 901 is scheduled to arrive in Tucson during the first week of June.
  • Pray for the financial and personnel needs.
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Jerry Meil and a guest from MMS Aviation, David DeJong, work on 52Q's radios together
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