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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
May 8, 2010 1:55 pm
Published in: Flying

On the 26th, Jim Streit and I delivered a generator to Werkok. Partners in Compassionate Care (PCC, website www.pccsudan.org) asked AIM Air to move a generator to Werkok for the hospital they run there.  The generator was 550 kg (1200 lbs), and with the top covers and hoist ring removed was 46.5″ tall.  That last is significant because the door on the Caravan is 48″ tall.  It took us about 2 hours at Wilson airport in Nairobi to load the thing, using a forklift and four helpers.  Then we flew to Lokichogio (2.5 hours) and then Werkok (another 2 hours).

Unloading started with unstrapping the thing, which took considerable crawling around in the airplane:

Then came getting it out without dropping it.  Fortunately PCC has a front end loader with a very good driver there in Werkok.  They also had a hoist frame that they use for drilling wells.  So we took three of the big ratchet straps we use to tie things down (each is good for about 15000 lbs rated load, so three was probably overkill, but we were worried about the thing slipping) and used to the front end loader and alot of grunt work to slide the generator partly out of the airplane.  Next was to re-attach the hoisting point to the generator frame and then chain the generator to the well hoist frame.  Then we repositioned the bucket, and ran a chain from the hoist point on the generator to the hook on the bucket, and slowly lifted the whole thing out of the plane, a half inch at a time.  And now the hospital in Werkok has power.  We also brought as passengers three men from Nairobi (actually they’re from the US, but we carried them from Nairobi) who’s main job in the next couple days was to hook up the generator.

All that done, Jim and I hopped back in the airplane and flew home.  A good day’s work.