The ITEC UAV training preparations began several weeks ago as engineers Troy and Aaron prepared in the States, and Willy in Shell, Ecuador. All involved were eager to begin the process, and excited about the possibilities of a functioning fleet of UAVs.
Preparation in Florida and Ecuador
In Shell, at ITEC Ecuador, Willy put together a dedicated office for their training and for storing and maintaining the UAVs. He built a large desk and shelving to make an excellent workspace and gathered the tools and electronics they would need.
Troy and Aaron made sure the completed UAV was ready by running test flights in Florida and packing it carefully for its trip through airports, cargo holds, and luggage racks. They also packed materials and parts to construct two more UAVs with Willy once the training began.
Unpacking & Construction
After all this preparation, the UAVs traveled well, without any damage, and the first two days of training went smoothly. On Thursday, August 23, Aaron and Willy unpacked and assembled the completed UAV. They spent several hours talking through its primary components and the functions or potential malfunctions of each.
Work then began on the construction of the second UAV. Aaron talked through the process of assembly as he worked on one side, and Willy did the same on the other.
On Friday, they continued construction and spent time using Willy’s local knowledge to source elements for fabrication, operation, and repairs. The local availability of needed elements will be important to the ultimate success of the endeavor.
Along with all the work and technical training, both men have also begun the process of navigating a bilingual learning environment and find that they can communicate well, while looking forward to learning from each other as the month progresses.
All involved are looking forward to the coming weeks of work and are eager to see what God has in store for the UAV program in Ecuador. His care has already been evident, and there is no doubt that He will accomplish all that needs to be done as long as hands and hearts remain willing.
Please pray for the team in Ecuador as they continue the training this week.