CWW Student reports
had a good time with MAF and I was the only one of four that passed the
technical, it went well, I was ready for it because of the training you gave me.
MAF is interested in you to send future students
there, they were asking me today by e-mail about you.
to hear about the IA-test, Egmonts training and Greg's decision. Did Marco give
any feedback about his time in Redlands? If not: he did very well and was
'recommended for field service'. From what I've heard from him as well as from
the other two Dutch guys who did the same course, most of the stuff was already
familiar to him. The other two had some more difficulties, 'in spite of' their
two weeks preparation at (XX) on a C206 prior to the course.
I'm very glad I did Lionel's training. The way of
flying in Missouri was the same as is taught here. They (MAF) use the same
principles with e.g. an approach (aiming point, compensate up and downdrafts
with throttle, etc.) He (Lionel) won't be pleased with using the first 100 feet
of the runway as safety margin, so no touch down on the edge of the runway! They
are using considerable margins with everything. It's exactly as described in the
MAF-checklists. 4P's before take off, call abortpoint, powercheck, speedcheck
and abortpoint check during take off, and retracting the flaps in ground effect.
had my field orientation last week ('checkout') by a MAF-US checkpilot, Dan
Carlson. Since you've managed to get me on a decent level, I'll enclose his
report as an attached file. How is life up there in Missouri ? At the moment we
are in Redlands-California for my pre-field orientation course. As you know I
came to Missouri to prepare specific for this course, and I thought you might
apreciate it if I give you some update information, wich I hope will be helpfull
for your ministry. I am here with
two other dutch pilots, wich have a good flying background, and went to (XX) for
206-training. I can make a good comparison with them to see what a difference
the CWW course makes. During the course here I told my wife over and over again
how thankfull I am I did your course, it is so relevant here, and you really
learnt me the "right" stuff. It makes the course here much easier. The
other guys have much more work, although they went to (XX) and had 206
experience. They use roughly the same method here for setting up the approach,
entering with the famous 80kts-20 flaps, and controling the glideslope with
power, taking a spot on the window, just like you thaught me. This week we did
practice T.O. aborts, using the hard braking, wich will use for landing in the
coming lessons. The instructor was suprised by my good braking control, and
balancing of the plane. I told him about your course, and about doing this in
very good is the low level flying we did, esspecially because they teach here
for a normal T.O to retract flaps in ground effect, something that might be good
to include in your training.
haven't done the short strips, but from what I heard now it won't be much of a
problem after your course. I can't remember properly, but how long was Keaster
strip?? (I thought 700 or 900 ft) That was the shortest we've been to I believe.
I'm sure they don't use strips that short here. As you said flying the
206(turbo) is not a problem after the 180/185. The instructor said I flew it
better than some guys with 206 experience. As I can see now your course have
been a much better preparation for here than going to (xx), or trying to get 206
are you doing? I hope you, your family and your ministry are doing well.... I
was really encouraged by Marco Koffeman's story about his time with you and by
reading the CWW home page!
received the enveloppe you send me. I'm doing very well, I'm learning a lot
every day again. This Christian
Wings to the World is really a great place, having a
christian as an instructor is great, and as an instructor Lionel Smith
is really good. I'll see you next week thursday.
had a visit lately from the MAF-Europe CEO. He was very pleased with the Chad
programme. Afterwards I heard that he mentioned that from all the new pilots
that entered MAF-Europe lately, "Marco Koffeman and Marc Koelewijn in
particular are two young old time pilots". Guess where these two guys have
been trained in 1998.
(Chief Pilot for Tariku Aviation, Irian Jaya)
> We've got an American pilot, Frank Toews, who's
planning to come to Irian> Jaya in October. In light of the good training you
gave to Kris, we'd like> to ask if you'd be able to give a pre-field
orientation with an evaluation report to us with the following emphasis:
Greetings from Sentani. As I was reading your email,
Kris was just departing on a flight with a load of people and cargo to a small
lowlands strip about 80 miles south of here. He is doing a good job of flying
for us and now has about 900 hours of flight time. One thing I've really
appreciated about his training at CWW is his good rudder/tailwheel steering
control. I spite of some very rough strips, sideslopes, etc, he does a great job
of keeping it down the centerline.
my furlough I was able to log on to your web page, looks very nice! Many times I
remember all the good work and effort you guys have put into me, and I am still
reaping the fruits of such exellent training. Please know that your work is
Lionel, how are things going at CWW? I
would like to begin by saying again how much we enjoyed staying there, and we
found everyone there a joy and delight to work and fellowship with.
I would also like to say again how much I value the extra training I
received there. I have been
reviewing the notes that I took while I was there, and I would like to mention a
few of the things that I picked up from your instruction that I think will be
Counting off the airstrip using your stride which averages about 3 feet.
I had never even thought of that before but that is a great tool for evaluating
take off and landing distances on critically short runways.This way you can
establish a known abort point.
S-turn's and slips on the
centerline. To simply practice and
perfect airman ship.
Sharp turns on the mains. To
get a feel and practice how much you can maneuver the airplane at different
Dog leg strips. At Moody we talked about them but never had the chance to
really practice any. That was good
experience to be able to do some simulated dog leg strips.
onto final. Simulating obstructions
on the final approach, which require you to fly a 45 to 90 degree final approach
with a turn on short final.
in the hay fields and short and ruff.
It's easy to simulate the need for dragging an airstrip over a nice paved
runway, but there isn't much realism in that because you know you can land.
I enjoyed the trip to the hay fields and short and ruff because it was a
real situation that
needed a real assessment of the runway.
I know that those strips are hard on the C-180 but personally I think
that those strips are very valuable for training. As I review my notes there are
many more lessons that I found very valuable,
This week I made the changeover from Operations
manager to chief pilot. another job
with other responsiblilities wich I am looking forward to.
We had a visit lately from the MAF-Europe CEO. He was
very pleased with the Chad programme. Afterwards
I heard that he mentioned that from all the new pilots that entered MAF-Europe
lately, "Marco Koffeman and Marc Koelewijn in
particular are two young old time pilots". Guess where these two
guys have been trained in 1998.
(one of our current students) contacted Kevin Cain of
Mission and here is one of his findings.
Yes, Kevin really had good things to say. Two out of
their 5 pilots you
trained. And it sounds like you are the final
approving authority for any
mission pilot going to World Team Mission. You are
the guy in charge of
determining who they get next. This bodes well for
someone like me, who will
be training with you for another year (Lord willing).
One of many Non
Missionary pilots that waited for several months and traveled many miles to
train with Smith’s flying service
Millard Farmer “Mitt”
to his friends
all is well at dove field,just finished my cfi and was on the web looking for a
job teaching tail wheel and ran across your page.
know I didn't realize how much I learned with Lynol until I used it.since I saw
yall last I have gone coast to coast twice and in and out of bean fields ,dirt
lake beds and( towed banners for 350 hrs in all kinds
of wx) just wanted to say thanks for the great training you guys gave me.it all
really clicked when I got out in the real
world and has kept me and my aeronca in on piece.I
think of yall often.
blue skys Mitt
name is Myron Martin and I'd like to share a little with those who are
considering training through Christian Wings for the World. It was on
Father's Day in 2002 that the Lord made it clear to me and my family that we
were to attend training through CAW. The Lord used it as a time of growth
that we never really anticipated. We were blessed by not only excellent
training but also by testimonies of God's amazing work through CAW and Mission
Aviation in general. The knowledge we gained through these testimonies
along with the Lord's obvious presence in the training encouraged us a
great deal. We found Lionel and Greg to be great men of God. It
should not take you long to see that their lives are dedicated to your
training for the Lord.
will teach you things that can be done in airplanes that you may have
previously thought impossible. Landing on short obstructed runways.
Turning and flaring for landing at the same time as you maneuver through a
curved approach. Landing on curved airstrips and much more.
Lionel was always a perfect gentleman, even at those times when things were
getting very busy in the cockpit. As a missionary in Alaska I have found
the training to be priceless. There are many nonstandard airports
obstructed by hills. Winds can be quite strong with gusts that intimidate
all but the most experienced pilots. But after Lionel is done with you and
releases you for service you should be able to tackle then with ease
and also find them to be quite fun.
most important thing about the training though comes from the anointing that God
has given it. If the Lord calls you to attend training through CAW you can
be sure that that anointing will fall on you if you stay close to the Lord Jesus
Christ and allow Him to have His way with you. There is really no way to
explain it. You have to experience it to really know what I'm talking
about. So as you fly for the Lord always remember Psalms 36:5, "Your
Love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies."