|Our group including Ken Smoll (our instructor) who was definitely not afraid to represent the Packers.|
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to get training on the PT6 turboprop engine at Spokane Turbine Center. The PT6 is what is used on both the Kodiak and Cessna Caravan which is primarily what I will be working on when we get to Papua. Being familiar with the operation of piston engines since the age of 15 it was great to learn about the PT6, which in non-tech terms is a jet engine with a propeller strapped to the front of it.
One of the pleasures of the training was building friendships other guys in MAF, three of which I will have the opportunity to serve with in Papua.
As a side note Nan and Gracie enjoyed me coming home smelling like jet exhaust too.
|Inside peak at the PT6A engine|
|Art class at STC|
We were given all kinds of little things for completing the course at STC one of which I was anticipating greatly. What was it you ask? A belt buckle. Yes, you got it…a belt buckle. No, I do not have a collection of belt buckles, but this thing is so sweet it almost makes me want to start one. The picture here shows the excitement of the Kodiak belt buckle.