CWW  Student reports

Geerten Vreugdenhil

We 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.

Marc Koelewijn

Good 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.

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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.

Marco Koffeman

I've 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 the 180.

Also 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.

We 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 experience.

Marc Koelewijn

How 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!

I 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.

Marc Koelewijn

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.   


Roger Stuber (Chief Pilot for Tariku Aviation, Irian Jaya)

Dear Lionel,

> 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:

Ø      Dear Lionel,

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.

Marco Koffeman

During 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 appreciated!

Frank Toews


Hi 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 very beneficial.

1)       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.

2)        S-turn's and slips on the centerline.  To simply practice and perfect airman ship.

3)       Sharp turns on the mains.  To get a feel and practice how much you can maneuver the airplane at different speeds.

 4)  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.

5)  Turns 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.

6)  Package drops.

7)  Canyon Turns.

8)  Landing 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, 

Marco Koffeman

This week I made the changeover from Operations manager to chief  pilot. another job with other responsiblilities wich I am looking forward to. 

Marc Koelewijn

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. 

Trevor Johnson,

(one of our current students) contacted Kevin Cain of World Team

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

hey guys

  hope 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.

  you 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 roads ,dry

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 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 

Myron Martin,   Endorsement:


My 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.   

They 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. 

The 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." 



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