It was the first time we had been able to fly from our local international airport directly to Chimoio as they had the Jet A1 fuel the Kodiak burns. This avoided having to route via Beira on the coast costing us time and money. It was also to be the first time we could continue on and land at the newly opened airstrip at ASAM only 30 miles further on from Chimoio. Although we had a DCA flight permit we were not allowed to do so 'due to the continuing political unrest in the country'. This was quite a surprise and a disappointment as it would of closed a large circle spanning many years of joint planning and preparation on behalf of Mercy Air and ASAM.
|We would have liked to of landed here...|
|..and left the plane in here.|
so I won't steal any of his thunder as you can read his side of the story by clicking on the link above.
The Kodiak is huge and true to form Rick tried to load as much into it as he could, almost to the point that we were threatening to ban breakfast in the morning due to weight restrictions.
There was also a couple visiting from Birmingham in the UK and we wanted to take them to Moz to see what we do. Nigel is a vicar by trade but used to be a fire engine mechanic back in the day so him and Rick had plenty to talk about.
Being in the ministerial way Nigel was happy to give a talk at the morning devotions.
|The inspection pit of baptism - one day|
|Teaching the teachers|
On the way back we stopped to by bread, but it was only just being made...
...in an oven powered by large trees.
We also visited a family who had four sets of twins.
Back at ASAM Nigel and Paul continued helping Rick with a few things in the workshop.
|A work bench in the making|
|Became a work bench in situ|
|And then a work bench in action as Rick used it to teach some electrical motor maintenance|
|A tool box we bought up gets its first outing|
|The Rio Save from 12000 ft.|
Mercy Air team