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Scenic Flight Over Mount Saint Helens

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On October 2, 2018 members of Servant Wings had the privilege of providing a scenic flight over Mount St. Helens for one of our faithful supporters, her sister and her nephew from North Carolina.

It was an absolutely perfect Pacific Northwest day for our flight. We climbed to 8,500 feet and made four full circuits around the mountain, enjoying the spectacular views. We had a great time sharing the history of the eruption, the aftermath, recovery and all of the development that has occurred since the eruption on May 18, 1980. All passengers were completely delighted with the flight and are already talking about another trip!

We are so thankful for our faithful supporters. They are such a huge piece of God’s perfect plan that allows us here at Servant Wings to help those with the calling to serve on the Mission Field. It was such an honor to share this day with our supporters and we look forward to more in the future!

Engine Overhaul on the 172, N13461

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After 9 long months, we are so excited to have our primary Aircraft back in the Air..!

Our 172, N13461, was in need of an Engine overhaul. The engine was removed and delivered to Premier Aircraft Engines Inc. in Troutdale, Oregon a few days after Christmas 2017. We chose this time as it is the slow time of year for flying due to the weather and the Holidays.

Our expectation was that we would get the newly refurbished engine back in about 90 days. The engine shop was overwhelmed with work and short on staffing and it was almost 6 months before we got our new engine.

The next challenge we faced was finding an experienced mechanic who could assist our members with the installation. As God always does, He provided. Dave Parish, an Instructor in the A & P Program at Portland Community College (P.C.C.) and a former mechanic on the Mission Field with M.A.F. (Mission Aviation Fellowship) heard of our need and offered to help. Parish not only had the experience that we were seeking, but he also knows all of our members that have completed their maintenance training and certification at P.C.C.

Over the next 3 months, not only was the new engine installed but with Parish’s assistance a very comprehensive inspection of the Aircraft was completed from nose to tail. This inspection resulted in numerous repairs and modifications including new flight control cables and an overhaul of the prop just to name a few! The result is a 45 year old Aircraft has been made like new!

After numerous hours invested by Parish, our President, Rick Yeates and our members, the 172 took to the air on September 3, 2018 with Yeates at the controls for the maiden/post-maintenance flight! After 10 hours of engine break-in time, we were so excited to return the 172 to the flight line for all members to fly on September 7, 2018!

A huge thank you to all who helped to return our favorite aircraft to the air! A special thank you to Dave Parish for all of his time and assistance with this project. It would not have been possible without his dedication and time!

Visit from Slavic Christian Academy

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Servant Wings recently received a visit by a group from Slavic Christian Academy of Gresham at Pearson airport.

Greg Hawes, Rick Yeates and Dan Wanvig did the Mission Aviation presentation. Dan and Rick took eight kids and the school principal up. Dan did two flights in the 172 and Rick did one in the 206. While they were flying, Vadim Sokolov showed the rest of the visitors inside of our 152.

There was a lot of excitement from the students and few showed interest in additional information about Mission Aviation.


Servant Wings hosts Mission Aviation Fellowship Kodiak Aircraft.

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Servant Wings was thrilled to host Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and one of their Kodiak Aircraft June 2-3, 2017 at the Pearson Airfield in Vancouver, WA.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the mission of MAF and Servant Wings as well as enjoy a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning. Flights in the Kodiak Aircraft were offered to all attendees on both days. John Boyd, President and CEO of MAF, provide an update on the current and future status of MAF.

Everyone that attended had a great experience. This was a particularly good opportunity for our members to plug in and engage in a number of different volunteer opportunities and work along side the folks from MAF and have the opportunity to show case themselves and get to know the folks from MAF better. Our young Pilots were especially thrilled to work along side the MAF Pilots and at the end of the day, get a ride in the Kodiak!


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Visit from Youth Group in Portland

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A great group of youth from the Lynchwood Church of God in Portland Oregon visited with various board members and members about mission aviation and the various possibilities of serving the Lord as missionary aviators. Those interested were also provided flights in two of the airplanes, the 172 and the 206.


Candidates attend an MAF Kodiak fly-in

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Candidates attend an MAF Kodiak fly-in


Send off for the Ekle Family

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We had a send-off BBQ for Pete and Betsy Ekle. They will be serving with Arctic Barnabas Ministries in Alaska. It was great to hear Pete share of the work they will be doing!