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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
April 23, 2012 8:34 am
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I walked into the little shop and handed the lady behind the desk a thumb drive with a picture of myself in my pilot uniform (that I had taken at home with my iphone).  I told her what I wanted and walked out 15 minutes later, with six dollars less and two AIM Air pilot badges that, I am told, when worn with my pilot uniform (available on amazon), can get me just about anywhere on almost any airport in East Africa.  Oh, and did I mention that I didn’t have to show any credentials of any kind?  This was one of my intros into Kenya’s brand of aviation where things can at times be really simple and other times very complex.  (Although now that I think of it, that’s not too much different than the US!)

DC-3 in for maintenance

I’ve enjoyed the last 6 weeks spent working on the hangar floor helping with maintenance on the AIM Air fleet.  So far, I’ve done a variety of things from inspections on Cessna Caravans and 206’s, to replacing windows on a DC-3, to sheet metal fabrication, to troubleshooting electrical components like magnetos and alternators.  If you’re about to hit the “x” or your eyes started scanning this paragraph faster because the last sentence almost put you to sleep or made you feel like I was speaking another language, don’t worry, no more airplane jargon today.  Suffice it to say that I am getting a broad range of experience while helping keep our fleet running and getting to know the rest of the AIM Air staff.

I have a few more weeks in the shop before we move into intensive language learning and then flying.  Thanks for your continual prayers and financial support, and for taking the time to finish reading this!

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