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2009 The trip to Basco, Batanes Islands
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Location of Batanes Islands

Read the first mission story on the Batannes Islands:
http://www.flyawa.org/article.php?id=251

Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batanes
Language and culture: http://iloko.tripod.com/Ivatan.htm



Loading up the airplane for our trip to Basco with PFM missionaries.


The two young ladies are PFM missionaries on the way to Basco Batanes.


The PFM missionaries are relacing the ones that are on their way back.


The one holding the door is Cam the area coordinator for PFM.


Finally on the ramp and getting ready to go up to Basco, Batannes.


Everyone is starting to get excited as we near our take-off time.


Bhing is settling in for the nearly 4 hour flight to Basco


These are the mountains over Northern Luzon, we are at 10,000ft


As you can see these mountains appear pretty close but they are not


We had a little bit of cloud cover on way up, fortunately we are IFR


Other places we had some beautiful skies


As you can see the plane was packed pretty good


My Co-Pilot is Namsing, a student at Adventist University of the Philippines


Ed trying to get a picture of himself on this trip


These mountains off to our right are almost 9,000 ft as we fly in a valley


We did pass a few islands on our way up to Batannes


We are finally on our descent into Basco


The island is where Basco is located is really pretty


The water up here is a really nice color

You can see the mountian in the background that the runway heads toward
One of the duties of the mission pilot. Somehow it was easier in the States

The terminal at Basco, not exactly JFK


I think they are excited to be here


This is of course our local transportation for getting fuel