12-2-18 Sunday 7:37 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Training" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
IMMERSED IN A CARAVAN...
It was a rainy, overcast day as I departed the Retreat Cabin for Knoxville.
Hoping and praying that the day would clear enough for some actual flight training in the RAM (Remote Area Medical) Cessna Caravan.
Then, I saw this incredible rainbow...
I met Darrel Moore of FedEx for our ground school / flight training. We were joined by Jackson, a Volunteer Pilot for RAM.
Darrel has flown for FedEx for 12 years and KNOWS the Cessna Caravan extremely well!
We spent hours going over the Systems and especially the Emergency Procedures.
Darrel then took us through thorough pre-flights with a lot of learned experience. This training is great!!
Then, in answer to prayer, the sky cleared just enough for us work in the pattern at Downtown Island Airport.
Darrel did a remarkable job of training me and Jackson.
At the end of the day, when our training was complete, I spent a little extra time hanging around the Caravan and just thinking of Stan Brock, the Founder of Remote Area Medical.
I'm so THANKFUL to have met and worked together with Stan. It will be my privilege to assist RAM from time to time by making strategic flights that will result in lives saved. PRAISE GOD!
I'll be meeting with the RAM Staff tomorrow and discussing the upcoming mission.
BTW, a quick update on the aircraft that Air Mobile will be purchasing to replace the engine on the Little Donkey is moving ahead.
We're still raising the funds for this amazing deal and if you'd like to help, just go to the DONATE button in the upper left hand side of this "rambling blog" and give as our Lord leads. THANK YOU!!
And....THANK YOU for your invaluable and truly appreciated prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
12-1-18 Saturday 5:47 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - In the Mountains of East TN - Air Mobile "Training" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
FAREWELL PRESIDENT BUSH...MAJOR QUAKE(S) SHAKES ALASKA & REPORTING FOR TRAINING
After a quick, cheap ($34.00!) flight from Orlando to Knoxville, made a dash to the Retreat Cabin in the mountains of East TN.
Awoke to the sad news that former President George H.W. Bush passed away in the night. What an amazing man.
Shot down in WWII at age 19 and went on to become the 41st President of the United States.
Here's more - FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH DEAD AT AGE 94
Also, yesterday, Alaska has been hit by 2 major earthquakes. There is major damage. No news yet of fatalities.
We're following this story very closely. Here's more on this catastrophe - 7.0 EARTHQUAKE; AFTER SHOCKS STRIKE SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA; DAMAGE REPORTED ACROSS THE REGION
Meanwhile, I've reported for training duty in a Cessna Caravan.
It's rainy and overcast, so the "flying" portion of my flight training may be delayed a bit.
Time for 2nd cup of coffee and need to hit the road for Knoxville.
As I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU, for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-30-18 Friday 6:37 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
Before Stan Brock passed away, I offered to be available to RAM on an "as needed / availability basis".
This weekend, I'll be training on a Cessna Caravan (208-B). RAM was blessed to have received 2 Cessna Caravans from FedEx. My instructor is a seasoned FedEx pilot.
In advance, I've been "burning the midnight oil" going through the Flight Manuals on the remarkable Cessna Caravan.
Today, I'll be flying via Frontier Airlines to Knoxville for this valuable training.
I'm flying from Orlando to Knoxville for $34.00! "I'll take it!!"
I sure to miss my good friend, Stan Brock!!
Well it's time to pack and head to the airport to catch that incredibly cheap flight to Knoxville.
As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-29-18 Thursday 6:27 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
A "TREASURE" (HERO) IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
I knew about Ike and had been intending to sit down with him and glean some of his incredible stories.
The time came last night in a hospital room. PRAISE GOD for the privilege!! Ike is 95 years old and sharp as a tack!!
When I walked into his hospital room (Ike has been fighting an infection), he was monitoring his wife, Catherine's ride home on his I-pad.
Catherine is 91 and doesn't like to drive at night. He tracked her all the way to their driveway. He could then relax and share some of his amazing past!
Ike served in the Pacific in WWII. He quickly listed the Islands he'd fought on... and they were the fiercest battles of the war. Only God knows all this precious man had been through.
He survived.... and as tears welled in his eyes, he quietly told me of so many who did not.
Then Ike found himself at NASA in the Launch Control Center (LCC) of the Apollo Moon Missions and then to the Space Shuttle.
Ike played SIGNIFICANT roles in our journey to Space!
I spent over 14 years at Kennedy Space Center and we had mutual friends.
Folks, you may have some treasures in your neighborhood. You might want to search them out, it's like "mining for treasures" and hear their stories. I'm so glad that Ike and I finally got together!
PLEASE PRAY that the doctors successfully treat the infection. I can hardly wait until Ike and I can sit again and journey through the past.
Oh, I must tell you that Ike loves the Lord Jesus with all of his heart and wants only to serve him with all of his strength.
Time to get to work. THANK YOU, as always, for your prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-28-18 Wednesday 6:33 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
HOLY SMOKE...WINDCHILL 31 DEGREES IN TITUSVILLE, FL!
Brrrr...we're not used to this in Sunny Florida! Will just layer up and wait for the sun to warm things up.
Had another great day of flight training. Moving ever closer to the CFI "Check Ride".
While driving from the airport, received a text from a Honduras Orphanage who have been using an Air Mobile Rescuer for over 6 years.
They had a technical question regarding the "fuse holder". I pulled over and responded. Told them how to repair it.
Then continued on driving home. I'm amazed at how well technology works. All in keeping the CLEAN WATER flowing!! So, on this chilly day, time to get to work.
Thank you, as always for your faithful prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-27-18 Tuesday 6:37 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
AND THE PEACE OF GOD....
In addition to "Hold Steady", as the headline read yesterday, the Word of God tells us Philippians 4:6-7 to be ANXIOUS FOR NO THING.... but in EVERY THING, by PRAYER...
Then the PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING will GUARD YOUR HEARTS & MINDS in CHRIST JESUS!!
I love this verse, it's like an ANCHOR to my soul!!
So...today, I'll go forth, remembering this verse, and sticking to my goals of serving our Lord and will not let all the headlines and accusations and turmoil disturb my peace.
There, I just had to go and preach a little bit....to myself!!!
Yesterday, had another good day of flight training of "polishing the fundamentals of flight". Today, will be flying again and yes...LOVING IT!!
I've been flying 50+ years. The great majority of all of my flights have been loading small twin engine aircraft to the max limit, climbing to 17,000-21,000' and going long distances (often 5+ hours) over the water.
Then landing in foreign countries delivering life-saving supplies.
The truth is, the majority of the flight is flown by auto-pilot.
So, all of this training, doing very precise maneuvers (hand-flying) is just excellent and that is why I'm loving it so much!!
Now that I've bared my soul on this training, it's time to get to the airport and hand-fly a trusty old Cessna 172.
I know I say this every single day, but I mean it with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!
Air Mobile Joe
11-26-18 Monday 6:57 AM (Eastern U.S. Time) - Titusville, FL Air Mobile "Home Base" - Report submitted by: Air Mobile Joe -
Between "rumblings" on the Southern U.S. Border with thousands marching and the Chinese making the first "gene edited baby" and political threats on all sides, the headlines can be pretty disturbing.
Bring the Good News of Jesus and seek to bring help and hope to the needy.
In other words.... "Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus"!
So, today, will be flight training and moving toward the goal of obtaining my CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) Rating.
Also, have good news on our replacement engine for the Little Donkey! The technical glitches on the airplane that we're looking to purchase are being resolved and it should be ready to bring to Florida soon.
PRAISE GOD! Soon, we'll have the Little Donkey back in the air!! We know that, by faith, our Lord will provide every penny necessary to get this done! Well, it's time to go fly.
THANK YOU, as always, for your precious and invaluable prayer, love and support!!
Air Mobile Joe