Recently the aviation maintenance team in Papua New Guinea completed some major work on PNG’s oldest Kodiak, P2-SIB.
The team removed the engine, which had reached its life limit (4000 hours), and installed a new overhauled engine. Since SIB had been operated for six years in a fairly harsh environment, the team looked deeper into the airframe than they normally do during routine 100-hour inspection events. The process included removing the landing gear and all the flight controls for detailed inspections. They discovered several significant issues—time well spent. With all maintenance issues resolved, the SIB is now back in service. The shrinking maintenance team continues to be stretched as they work at keeping PNG’s six aircraft operational in support of Bible translation.