March 2017 SAMI Newsletter

Upcoming Events!

Melbourne Air & Space Show

Visit SAMI’s booth at the Melbourne Air & Space Show April 1 -2, 2017
Melbourne International Airport

Next SAMI Meeting April 8, 2017

We will have a special guest speaker from WEGO Ministries! Come to the meeting in the chapel from 9:00 am to 10:30 am to learn about their vision and how SAMI helped get them started. Please bring a dish to share at our BBQ following the meeting. Thank you! See you at the SAMI Hanger, 471 Manor Dr., Merritt Island, FL 32952

Easter Sunrise Fly-by

Fly-By Brief and Practice: April 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Fly-By Date: April 16, 2017 at 5:45 am

Sunrise at 6:56 am

RSVP with type of aircraft to Scott Saunders

Text: 321-576-7076


Fiesta Brevard April 28

Fiesta Brevard is hosted by the Non-Profit Task Force Committee.
A percentage of the fee from each admission ticket SAMI sells is kept, providing an opportunity to help support our mission! We will also have a booth and sell raffle tickets for a free airplane flight.
When: Friday, April 28, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Riverfront Park, Cocoa Village
Cost: Admission tickets are $10 each and Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20
Please contact Dick Blondin at to purchase tickets or sell tickets to help SAMI. 
Fiesta Brevard will feature live entertainment, including Latin music and dance performances, the annual Fiesta Hat Parade and contest, and a selection of food and beverages.

March Highlights

SOAR – Pilots for Christ Equation

Thank you Bob Lehton for sharing this practical lesson on how we can live as soaring Christians during our March meeting.

S=Seek & Serve the Lord
O=Observant of His commands
A=Attitude of gratitude & availability
R=Reverence & Relinquish

S=Seek & Serve the Lord

  • 1st Chronicles Chapter 28
  • Romans 12
  • 1st Peter 4
  • Galatians 5:13
  • Deuteronomy 30
  • Matthew 5
  • Serve believers and others in Love

O=Observant of His commands

  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
  • John 14:15
  • John 14:23-25
  • James 1
  • The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and remind you of all things

A=Attitude of gratitude & availability

  • Matthew 5 to 7
  • Colossians 3:15
  • Ephesians 2
  • Luke 9
  • Our attitude should be of Christ Jesus – an attitude of gratitude and availability

R=Reverence & Relinquish

  • Ephesians 5
  • Phillip 4
  • Honor God and let go of self
  • Develop Father relationship through Jesus

Scott, Richard and Dave

Mission Flight March 24, 2017

Scott Saunders and Dave Ballard flew Richard Chase home to Fort Lauderdale after undergoing a proton cancer treatment in Jacksonville, Florida. Special thank you to Steve Miller for helping with the launch of the Aztec for this mission flight and last minute speed tape repair. Please keep Richard and his wife Tina in your prayers to God for healing, peace and strength. Thank you!

Thank you TICO Air Show Volunteers!

TICO Air Show support was awesome! Big THANK YOU to the following volunteers who helped SAMI March 10, 11 and 12.

Dick Blondin, Lee Brown, Kyle Dixon,  Jay Gebhard,  Gloria Gebhard, Sean Holloway, Dan Mandracken,  Maria Perez, Ken Reid and John Rivera (pictured)

Thank you Holloway Family

We greatly appreciate the Holloway Family for sharing their gifts with SAMI members.

Sean helps maintain our planes and his wife Paige created this great video of Sean’s first solo flight in February 2017.
Here’s the link:

Big THANK YOU to Brice Holloway (Sean and Paige’s talented son) for being our Grill Chef at our March Meeting!

Friendly Reminders

SAMI Membership (New and Renewal)
$35 per year includes membership to SAMI and Pilots for Christ International! SAMI exists to serve others so they can better know Jesus Christ or discover Him for the first time by providing air transportation for people in need and to advance the Gospel. If you want to jump in and serve God, learn to fly, and have access to all detailed information about upcoming missions/volunteer opportunities on our website calendar – please subscribe for membership.

Share SAMI
Members are encouraged to share our ministry with their local church family (remember SAMI can fly pastors to meetings!). Please contact Dick Blondin at or phone 321-544-1317 if you would like a board member to visit your church. We welcome the opportunity to learn how SAMI can help.

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