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Mission Log: KODIAK in the Highlands of PNG

Wednesday, October 14, 2009…How do you know when you’ve made it?

For some, it’s the day you throw your graduation cap in the air, or the night you hear those quiet words “it’s a girl”, or the moment you realize that boot camp is over and the real adventure is about to begin. For us…we know the real adventure is beginning when our aircraft traverses an otherwise impassable jungle...

...to touch dirt on a tiny grass strip cut into the side of a hill with a variable five to fifteen-degree incline and roll to a stop within 700 feet.

This is pretty much exactly what we had in mind when we pulled out that first clean sheet of paper and started engineering the KODIAK. Imagine our elation this week when JAARS sent photos of their pilots bringing this dream to life.

The fact that a crowd of villagers streamed out to greet the new plane…well that’s icing on the cake.

Our most sincere congratulations to JAARS for their field delivery of KODIAK s/n 008 to its operational base at Aiyura. Thank you for beginning the task of turning a whole new set of dreams into reality.

For more information read Steve Ottaviano’s blog.