PC-12 Dedication

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shaking hands with the Director of the Air
Let me introduce you to our new lean mean Mission Aviation flying machine!

It is such a cool thing to be able to be here for the arrival of our PC-12. This has been a long time in the making! The original dream to bring this machine to Congo started in 2008 and how 6 years later in 2014 it has finally arrived.

Our friend Ben Durkee and our very own Rod Hochstetler flew the PC-12 from Switzerland, where she was getting a new engine and paint job, here to Congo. The trip; like anything in this part of the world; look a little longer then expected, but they got here safe and sound with only a few minor hiccups. The day after she got here we all headed to the hanger to meet her and pray over her and her future work here in the Congo.
Nick giving an inspiring speech about the future of MAF
We had an awesome turn out of a variety of people from all over the airport and we were able to give an amazing testimony of how God works and to remind everyone that we are not here to make money but to work along side the Congolese to bring the light of Christ to dark forgotten places.

Most of us here have not ever had the opportunity to be a part of a Airplane dedication and it was a really special thing to experience. Just seeing so many prayers and hard work come to fruition is humbling.
Ben and Rod. They ferried the plane here together.
For the next 2 weeks Ben spent his time with our 2 pilots who are checked out to fly her continuing to train them. Flying a PC-12 from what I understand is a bit different then flying a 182 so the training is also a bit more intense. They have been working super hard and I think our mechanics finally tore her away from the pilots for a couple days so that they too could get acquainted.
Putting her away for the night

So here are a few pictures from the day!

She is new-to-us, shine'y and ready for work.

Welcome to the DRC fleet N243MF!