Category Archives: Greg’s Blog

It’s inspection time.

Sept. 10, 2017
Well here we are. Gabriel has reached 50 hrs. of flight, so it time for an inspection. As of this date Tiffany has returned to India to continue her mission of locating space for a runway and hangar, as well as learning the language.
During the inspection we will focus on changing the engine oil and filter, sending in an oil analysis sample, upgrading the flap control system and checking flight control cable tensions. We will also be completing the paint scheme on the fuselage.
The summer has just flown by and we are pursuing fund raising ventures to raise the $6000 needed to ship Gabriel to India. We are also looking to enlist help from corporate sponsors who share our vision to advance general aviation’s presence in India and provide humanitarian medical aid to outlying villages in the process.
We recently developed a “Go Fund Me” site to make it easier for those who would like to make a donation.

Until next time keep your wings level.

Notice as seen on a church a sign “Interested in going to heaven? Apply here for flight training.”

Flyboy Greg

Please follow and like us:

Time does fly doesn’t it?

The date is 3/10/17, and I was not aware of how much time has past since my last blog. I apologize for my lack of awareness. OK, so allow me to bring everyone up to date. As of now Gabriel has completed the 40 hours of phase 1 flight testing and is performing flawlessly. Ten more hours and it will be time to perform a 50 hr. inspection. The weather has not allowed us to do any flying so we are going to perform some minor upgrades to the flight control system and the fuel system before getting back into the air in the spring. For another update, our pilot Tiffany is now residing in India and is in the process of acquiring a piece of land where we can erect a hangar for our base of operations. Once that has been accomplished we will be ready to move forward with shipping Gabriel over seas and begin transporting Dr. Nancy and medical supplies to the outlying villages. In the mean time Tiffany has been volunteering her time helping out at an orphanage and a school near Atili. Needless to say she is anxious to be doing what she does best and that is fly.
Back here in the states we are continuing our fund raising efforts and performing research regarding additional aircraft for the Aluminum Angels fleet. I would like to extend my heart felt thanks to all of you who have contributed to our organization in 2016. thank you for believing in us and our humanitarian mission. The lives that will be touched in the future thanks to your generosity will be many. Having said that I will bring this blog to a close. Watch for future updates on our progress.

The airplane is simply a means to rise above our circumstances for awhile.

Flyboy, Greg

Please follow and like us:

Flight hours are climbing now.

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,

Flyboy Greg

 

Please follow and like us:

To India and back again

Today is Jan. 26th  2016  and  we recently  returned from a trip to India. The trip was taken to begin the process of shipping”Gabriel” there. Once we have the airplane there we will begin making humanitarian flights with Dr. Nancy to the outlying villages around the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Our journey began at the Chicago Ohare airport. From there we traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, then on to Chennai, India. Shortly thereafter we boarded a flight on a commuter airline to Vishakhapatnam, located on the east coast of India. Piling into a minivan we headed north to the mountains near Viraghattam. Upon arrival we headed up a mountain trail to visit a number of villages located on the mountain. In one village we were able to locate an area large enough to facilitate a landing strip for “Gabriel”. The village chief told us that he owned the land and that we were free to use it any way we wanted. Our next priority is to locate a base of operations close to the village of Atilli,  where Dr. Nancy plans on setting up her practice after finishing up her residency near Chennai. We currently have a gentleman in the area scoping out favorable locations for us.

Since we have returned to the states our pilot, Tiffany, is preparing to return to India prior to shipping the airplane, in order to set up Aluminum Angels Medical’s base of operations.

Our focus now is to fly the required hours off of “Gabriel” to insure that it is airworthy and up to the mission that lies ahead. We also need to raise the necessary funds required to ship the airplane and  support it’s operations in India. At this point we are in need of any and all donations to allow us to acquire the land and erect a hangar for “Gabriel” in India.  Every little bit or big lump helps and will be greatly appreciated.  Well it’s getting late so I must sign off for now.

Flyboy Greg

Please follow and like us:

The time has finally come.

The date was October 15th, 2015, a day that was a long time coming or maybe it just seemed that way to me. The occasion was the Airworthiness Inspection that all experimental aircraft must undergo prior to  its maiden flight.  A small group of people, who all had a part in the construction of “Gabriel”, waited for the arrival of Lowell Farand, our DAR (designated airworthiness representative).

In the days leading up to the inspection we had gone over the plane with a proverbial fine tooth comb because we knew that Lowell would soon be doing the same. Bolts and screws were checked for proper torque. Control cables were checked for proper tension and safety wired. Navigation, landing and strobes lights were checked for operation. Weight and balance computations were made and documented. Flight control surfaces were checked for correct deflection and access panels were removed to allow Lowell to inspect all that needed inspecting. In short, we were as ready as ready could be.

Finally 1800 aka 6:00 pm arrived and so did Lowell with his lovely wife Gay. She accompanies Lowell on all his inspections to assist him in anyway she can. If you ask me, I think they really just enjoy each others company, but I digress.  Once the inspection began all we could do was sit back and watch the “master” at work. Oh did I mention that we prayed under our breath a lot. As we watched Lowell go about his duties we could tell that this was not his first rodeo and it was quite apparent that he had not spent any time in a barrel, if you catch my drift.

Well, time came and went that evening and it was all over but the shouting. “Gabriel” had passed the inspection with flying colors, then Lowell made out the Certificate of Airworthiness and presented it to us with a smile and a hearty congratulations. cDSC_3279 copy

On a more serious note I need to make it clear that none of this would have been possible if it were not for our home church Elijah’s Fire International and all the folks that volunteered, donated money or supported our fund raising efforts. 07

A special thanks to our Rosie Riveter gals  and the members of EAA chapter 132 in Elkhart, In. who opened up their hangar for the final assembly and donated so much time and knowledge helping us complete the build.image019

All this serves to remind me that “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.” Vicki and I want to thank each and everyone of those who had any part in “Gabriel” coming to be.

So what’s next?  Well on October the 31st, at 0900 aka 9:00 am the test flight is scheduled to take place, weather permitting. We will be documenting the flight with cameras on the ground and in the airplane.  Dan Hulse, our webmaster and fellow builder. says that he will put it on our website for all to see. These are exciting times so keep checking back.

Well it’s time to close the hangar door and call it a night.

Good by for now, Flyboy Greg

 

 

 

Please follow and like us:

Someday soon!

Ok it is catch up time. Time for me to bring everyone up to speed on what has been going on with Gabriel. As most of you know the first engine runs have gone well and we have moved on to final assembly of the airplane. The wings have been mounted and the slats and flaperons have been installed. Now for those who think I am speaking a foreign language let me elaborate on what I just said. The slats are an airfoil that attaches to the front of the wing which helps give the airplane it’s slow take-off and landing capabilities. It is designed to increase the speed of the air going  over the top of the wing which decreases the air pressure on the top of the wing thereby allowing the wing to produce more lift. As for the flaperons they are a flight control surface that combines the functions of an aileron for directional control and a flap which increases lift during take-off and landing. Now that we’ve all had a lesson on aircraft design we’ll move on.  We have just completed plumbing up the fuel lines between the fuselage and the fuel tanks in the wings and are in the process of filling each tank 1/2 full of fuel to check for leaks and proper calibration of the fuel gauges.

We are also beginning the final rigging of the flight control surfaces and we have a lady working on the seat cushions and seat backs. Following all of this we will begin our final inspections with Lowell Farrand who is our DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) who is authorized by the FAA to insure that Gabriel will be airworthy when we are finished. image151

Well I believe that I have brought everyone up to speed for now so I will be signing off for now.

Remember to keep looking up,  you stand a lot better chance of seeing the bright side.

Flyboy, Greg

Please follow and like us:

It’s a new year

Well it is time to say it again; “Happy New Year”. It is 2015 but don’t ask me where 2014 went; I blinked and it was gone. Things are moving along well regarding “Gabriel”. The Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 132 members have been doing a really great job helping with the final assembly. We are really close to doing the first engine start and synchronizing the twin carburetors. The extreme cold temperatures we have been experiencing here in Indiana have delayed the application of the clear coat on the wings but the temps are starting to mellow out. The instrument panel has been installed and wired up.

  The missions team from our home church is currently in India and will be acquiring some much needed information from Dr. Nancy so that we can move forward with securing future funding. It has been reported that the ministry work in India is doing well following the passing of Pastor Charles. Many followers have stepped up to carry on the work which was spearheaded by him. God Bless them.

  This is a short update but I will return with more info following the teams return from India. Thank you to those who have been contributing financially and those who have been praying for Aluminum Angels.  May God bless you folks.

Flyboy Greg

Please follow and like us:

Gabriel has moved

I’m back once again with an update on Gabriel. On Wednesday, August the 20th, Gabriel was moved from his home base to the Elkhart Municipal Airport (EKM), with the help of the local EAA chapter 132. At just about 1730 (5:30 pm) a large 32 ft. enclosed trailer belonging to Bryan & Diana Taylor backed up to the Aluminum Angels hangar, located in Goshen IN., to begin the process of relocating Gabriel to the EAA hangar, located in Elkhart IN.

Continue reading Gabriel has moved

Please follow and like us:

Airventure

Alright, the date is August 3rd 2014 and Airventure 2014 is now history. For those among you who are not familiar with the term “Airventure” allow me to enlighten you. Airventure is the biggest aviation celebration in the world and is held on the last week of July each year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. If it has to do with airplanes or anything else that flys you will find it at Airventure. We recently returned from our visit there with the Hulse’s, and as usual I wish we could have stayed there longer.

Continue reading Airventure

Please follow and like us: