Today is the 15th of May 2016 and it is high time for a progress report on Gabriel. As you probably know already Gabriel has passed his initial test flight with our test Pilot Brian Taylor and is now on the way to completing the required 40 hours of flight for Phase one testing.
Tiffany Brame, Aluminum Angel’s pilot who will be piloting Gabriel for Dr. Nancy in India, is in the process of completing her transition training by logging flight hours in Gabriel with Brian as her flight instructor. Likewise I am also performing transition training with Brian. Transition training is required because flying an Experimental STOL airplane like Gabriel is very different from flying a certified factory built airplane which is heavier and handles differently.
Gabriel is performing very well in phase one testing and the Rotax 912 engine is running great. I have been pleasantly surprised at how smooth and quiet it is. The airplane is living up to it’s STOL classification during take-offs and landings. As you can tell from videos and pics on the webpage we still have a little paint work to do to complete Gabriel’s paint scheme. Aside from that he is complete and “good to go”.
We are currently working with a company to ship the airplane to India and are now in the process of raising the funds necessary. Since we now have our 501 (c) (3) “not for profit” status and we are able to provide a tax deductible receipt we are believing by faith that future donations and support will help us cover those expenses.
Tiffany Brame will be leaving for India in July, well ahead of the shipping of Gabriel, to make arrangements to import the airplane and hangar it, once it arrives later this year if all goes as planned. I must say these are exciting times within the Aluminum Angels organization and we are feeling “Blessed and Highly Favored” as we look back at 2009 when the Lord called us to undertake this awesome mission. I know that we would not have come this far if it weren’t for all of you who have generously given of your time, talents and finances, not to mention believing in us. We hope that you will continue to support us and believe in us in the future for we need both now more than ever. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
There are two things behind a pilot that he often misses.The runway he has used up and the fuel he left at the airport.
Good by for now,
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