The Oshkosh Experience

When I reflect on my life, I realize many of the big dreams God planted in my heart that have come to pass. One of those dreams late in my life was to fly for MAF — and that dream eventually came true.

But there are also the little dreams, the things that don’t seem super significant in the overall scheme of life but are important to us. For me, one of those dreams was to attend AirVenture in OshKosh, Wisconsin.

Soon after I became interested in flying, I heard about this show in Oshkosh. It was the mecca for every pilot and aspiring pilot. And I never ever thought I would have the opportunity to attend as I lived in South Africa, halfway across the world from Oshkosh.

But in 2009, God fulfilled that dream. I attended AirVenture for the first time. With more than 500,000 coming through the gates of the show each year, it truly is the one event that pilots don’t want to miss.

You are living, breathing, eating, and sleeping airplanes. It’s constant aviation talk and the unveiling of new aviation technology and equipment. If you’re not careful, you’ll catch yourself drooling over the latest gadgets or state-of-the-art airplanes.

And for us at MAF, it’s an opportunity to share with others in the aviation industry about what we do while we connect over a shared passion: flying.

It’s those little things — those little dreams — that affirm again and again that I am right where God wants me to be.

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