Moody Aviation Training All students receive certification as airplane (A&P) mechanics.Being congratulated by my instructor, Ian Hawk, after my first solo flight at Felts Field.At the Missoula airport during a 3 day solo cross-country trip.Part of our training included a Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Survival course.Learning to navigate in busy airspace.Got to enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful scenery.Our class completed a 2 week cross-country trip to gain valuable experience.Checking weather and filing a flight plan.Practicing on dirt strips in Utah.A privilege to fly with such dedicated instructors.Class of 2016We praise God for His faithfulness through it all!I returned after graduation to become a Certified Flight Instructor., with the help of Gene Arnold. Our Time at the Ethnos360 Missionary Training Center The campus is situation on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.You can see a list of course emphases at https://ethnos360.org/training/missionary-training-center/academics.Classes ran about 4 hours each morning.Here we are practicing some language learning techniques with a native German speaker.Taking the classes and doing the homework together made the learning a lot more enjoyable.Jeff’s afternoon work detail was helping to maintain campus vehicles and equipment in the garage.Teammates in the garage.We got to represent the aviation department at a local airshow.We met weekly with a small group of staff and students for mentoring and encouragement.Students come from many different backgrounds, but all come with a common desire to be involved in the Great Commission.One highlight was interacting with staff who had served in many corners of the globe and learning from their experiences.Learning about life & ministry in other parts of the world.After completing our membership orientation and interview, we were officially accepted as members of Ethnos360! Advanced Training at the Ethnos360 Aviation Home Office It is located in the picturesque high dessert of southeast Arizona.We were able to meet teammates who have served all over the world.Excited to be part of the team!Jeff did advanced flight training with our International Chief Pilot, Daren Spence.One focus of the training was safely landing on short, sloped and dirt airstrips. Sometimes we even did our own airstrip maintenance.We did a little practice dropping packages from the plane, mostly for fun, since this isn’t a method regularly employed for deliveries anymore.Our daughter got a private tour of the drop zone.She also came to congratulate me on the last day of flight training.“Don’t tell Dad! I’m going to steal the plane!”Our second daughter was born during our time there.Flying involves a lot of paperwork too!Spent time in the shop too. One project was building a dynamic cone penetrometer for testing the compactness of dirt runways.Evan Garrett and I also fabricated some helicopter tools.Helicopters now outnumber airplanes in our worldwide fleet.Anna learned how to flight follow and took a turn doing that from home once a week.Once a week we met with Dwight and Diana Brown for ongoing discipleship.I spent 2 weeks at Parkwater Aviation gaining experience in the Kodiak, the type of aircraft I’ll be flying in PNG.We are very thankful for the opportunity to get to know our leadership and be further prepared to serve as part of the aviation team!