This morning the aviation staff celebrated Evan Young, maintenance specialist and the first graduate of our new JATO* program. Speeches were given, prayers said, and then a reception with delicious cake was held.😋 Evan and his family are headed to Kenya to serve with AIMAIR. Congratulations! Learn more about the JATO program here: www.jaars.org/updates/you-help-fill-valuable-roles-on-the-mission-field/
Back in the early days of JAARS, pilots trained and flew off a dirt strip that the staff nicknamed "Mudville." The 3,300-foot runway at JAARS was first paved in 1972, without charge, through the generosity of the Dickerson Construction Company in Monroe, NC. Others who assisted with the paving project were American Oil Company; Humble Oil Company; Contractors and Materials, Inc.; Mineral Springs Milling and Farm Supply; Plyler Grading and Paving Company; H.L. Fuller and Son, Inc. (all from Monroe); Superior Stone Company, Baker, NC; Sharpe Construction Company, Turbeville, SC; and Roy S. Alford Construction Company, Lexington, SC.
The job took approximately 5,000 tons of hot-mix asphalt. Source: Beyond magazine, February-March 1973
During the eight-month rainy season in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Africa, the dirt roads become mud pits. Sometimes cars—even 4WD vehicles—drive down into these pits and can’t get out.