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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Set Free!

Well, I've finally been set free in the Kodiak! :)  

Here's a few shots from the past week or so of flying in the Kodiak.  It's a little grainy, b/c it's from my point and shoot, but a nice rainbow appeared over the massive axe-head cliffs jutting out of the jungles north of Mahak Baru.

Dropping off a load of sugar and gas for the village of Binuang.

Over the past week and a half I've flown quite a few flights for the new Bupati (regional government official) as he goes around to each village thanking them for their support and assessing the needs and wants of each village.  It was pretty muddy in the turn-around area at the top of the Data Dian airstrip when I went in to pick up a group of people for the Bupati on Friday.

Actually it's more like clay, and it sticks to your tires and shoes and everything it touches!

The newly elected Bupati (in black) with some of his entourage.  Third one over from the left is fellow MAF pilot, Paul College, who was riding along with me that day as an "observer pilot" during the final phase of my checkout before I was "set free" to fly on my own.

Saturday was my first "solo" day.  The weather was gorgeous!  I flew nearly 800 nautical miles to eight different locations, carrying 23 passengers and about 2,300 pounds of supplies.  It's hard to imagine how much time and blood and sweat this saved the people that were served!

I'm thrilled to be fully-operational now in the Kodiak, and look forward to giving you many updates in the future as to how it's being used here to bless the people of Northeast Kalimantan!


hondacubber said...

Halleluiah! I can rejoice with you even better by seeing your pictures and remembering Kalimantan.

Unknown said...

Wow. Congratulations Dave. Looking at these photos and knowing how the Lord is using you for His honor and the spread of knowledge of the Lord Jesus...led me to worship and tears this morning. As I looked at the pictures, tears came to my eyes. I was overwhelmed. Well done in serving the King. There's nothing like doing what He's made you to do. Love you! Proud of you! Soooo proud of you!!! -- Alan

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Amazing! Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing these! Keep pressing on - I am praying for your family!

Karina said...


Unknown said...

Well done Dave!

It was good to be in class with you in Spokane. We make a good team. :)

Jon Walters