To become a successful mission pilot, a person must first have a desire to be a missionary. Then he or she must acquire the necessary flight ratings and experience. The third step is to become a certified mechanic. When (not if) an aircraft develops a mechanical issue out on the mission field it is difficult to bring in a mechanic to fix it. That is why most mission organizations require pilots to also be mechanics.
Wings of Grace has developed an A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) apprentice program to train mission-minded students to become FAA certified mechanics. Our team recently took a field trip to Ft. Pierce, Florida to help Mission Flights International (MFI) restore a DC-3 for mission work.
Another project will be to send a team to Winchester, Tennessee, home of Missionaire, an A&P training organization, to strip and ready a Cessna 150 for new paint. As part of this trip the team will also teach our evangelism training tools to youth at local churches.
Wings of Grace airplanes are flown many hours each month. The A&P students work to keep our fleet of aircraft in the air, performing required 100-hour and annual inspections