Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Did you know that an airplane has to have a major inspection after it flies 100 hours? The airframe has to have many inspection covers removed and all seats, control surfaces, cables and other things have to be inspected. And the engine has to be tested for compression, oil changed (actually I think the oil is changed far more often than that!) and hoses and other things inspected. Parts that are worn or broken are replaced. To tell the truth, I don't have a very good idea of what is inspected every 100 hours, but I do know that these inspections usually take about a week-- more if one guy works alone. This time Garry and Jason had the help of Kevin (and sometimes Kaleb), and they've been working on the inspection for 3 days already and aren't finished yet! Non-urgent problems on the airplane are also fixed while the plane is down for an inspection.

So, that is what Garry and Kevin have been doing this week. Kevin's pretty handy with inspection covers already and is also learning to do some other things.

Meanwhile, this is the last week that Delores will be working in our home (she is moving to another island), so I've been dealing with that. I've found a new girl, who unfortunately doesn't speak a lot of English. Neva seems really nice and is being trained partially by Bel and Delores. She is genuinely helpful and needs the work, so it's been fun to meet her and get to know her a little bit. I will soon be finishing up training Bel to do the radio work I've been doing, which means she will also move out of helping in the house... life really is full of changes!

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