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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
December 6, 2008 5:01 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

I was coming back from Olturot today when another airplane of ours comes on the frequency.  Oh, hi!  Not what I was expecting, I’d thought he’d already be halfway to Nairobi.

Turns out some of the missionaries here in the north had called Susan on the HF radio asking if I was available to fly a parent and child to Nairobi.  Susan said, ‘No because we’re driving to Nairobi in the morning,’ (this was at 3 in the afternoon, and it’s about a 2.5 hour trip to Nairobi.  So I could get there, but wouldn’t be able to get back until the next day.)  ‘But,’ she said, ‘there’s another airplane around.’  So Susan gets on the other radio and calls the Caravan.  The pilot starts doing slow circles at low power while things are worked out.

THe other missionaries are, ‘Oh.  Ok. We’ll talk to the family and see what they want to do.”  What?????!!!?  You called for a plane and there’s one that can do the trip for like half of what the full charter from me would be (they’d have to pay for the plane to return to Gatab, too, this other airplane was already going to Nairobi.)  And he’s in the air now ready to be there faster than I ever could.  Argh!!!!  This goes on for about 10 minutes.  The other pilot finally says, “I need to know in 5 minutes, or I won’t have fuel to make it to Nairobi (with proper reserve).”  Susan calls them again. I call the missionaries.  “They’re not back yet from talking to the family.”  “Ok, I’m bingo fuel.  See you.” says the other pilot.  Five minutes later the mission station comes on the radio and says, “Ok, we don’t want the plane. Thanks.”

Never mind.

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