Transformed and Ready for Service
After many years of service in Cameroon, the JAARS R44 has a new look and is taking on a new job.
This red R44 helicopter flew hundreds of hours and carried many passengers in Cameroon. It served the mission community well over the years before it was replaced with a newer R66. The R44 was then shipped back to JAARS—in need of a major overhaul.
Last June, the R44 overhaul project began: updated avionics and instrumentation, a new engine, an intense and detailed inspection, replacement of worn parts, and even a new paint job with the new JAARS colors! That’s when Jon and the maintenance crew at JAARS applied their skills and talents to the project.
Multiple JAARS mechanics and volunteers worked close to 2,500 man hours to get it ready to fly.
The JAARS R44 now has a new job with the Aviation Training team—helping to train missionary pilots who will serve overseas in countries where rough terrain mandates the use of a helicopter. It will also serve at Missions at the Airport events around the United States and help tell others about JAARS and Bible translation.
It has been neat to be a part of the process of taking a worn, well-used helicopter and turning it into something new and ready to fly for many more hours!