We are so very grateful for opportunity FCAP recently had to make our presence known in the general aviation community where lots of airline/aviation people roam about. Such was the case at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, VA over the weekend of October 23. In attendance at this Fall Festival were approximately 1,200 people. This was a much smaller group than expected, but heavy rain on Friday and into Saturday kept many who had planned to be there away. But as the weather cleared, the event went on, including the air show. Among those in attendance were many retired people as well as young people interested in the industry. Thank you, Luke Curtas (Paul’s brother), for giving us this opportunity. As owner of Shannon Airport, Luke desires to show his support of Christian ministry in the airline/aviation community by having our presence there. If you are ever in the Fredericksburg, VA area, please stop by to visit the airport and their aviation museum. We also want to thank Tim and Carol Files (Delta/ATL), Joel and LeeAnn Nelson (Delta/MSP), Jake and Joanna Joseph (Republic/ATL), Eugene and Christina Kraybill (Mesa/United Express/IAD), and Paul and Claudette Curtas for helping before and during the event.
Dick Kalman shares this from their recent time together, “There were five FCAP members that met at the Redwood, CA Harry’s Hofbrau Restaurant on October 13 for fellowship. Though the group was small in size, we enjoyed the opportunity to catch up on the many activities in our lives since our last meeting and to recall the blessings of past FCAP conventions. Prayer was given for the ‘great commission’ that signifies the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel world-wide outreach in the airline industry. Prayer was also given in appreciation for the dedicated FCAP staff members, We shared how much we missed others of our local FCAP members who could not join us for various reasons but remained in our prayers. It was a special time of sharing.” Thank you, Dick and Tom, for orchestrating this event. A person new to the area and the airline workplace had planned to join them but was unable to do so.
Even in retirement, connections made with others over the years through the airline/aviation industry can continue to be a blessing and a ministry. These retirees have a wealth of experience, both vocationally and spiritually, to share with those still in the workplace, or perhaps just starting out. It is our prayer that those involved with FCAP in the past will continue to be a part of this ministry in the days to come. Ask God to show you how you can do that in your local area. We are available here at the FCAP Office to help … contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On June 26, FCAP General Director Paul Curtas had the privilege of spending time with the American Airlines CEBRG (Christian Employee Business Resource Group) in Raleigh-Durham, NC. He spoke to the group about ministry in the airline workplace, drawing from materials used in our FCAP Workplace Training. From all indication, Paul’s presentation was well received.
Our FCAP Field Staff and Boise Airport Chaplain, Warren Milanowski, writes the following as he shares the photo above: “I have attached a picture of my men’s prayer group, many of whom came to the chapel to pray yesterday (May 8) for airport ministry concerns. Two of the highlights were having the opportunity to pray for and lay hands on our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, and Police Lt. Ted Hanson…”
In addition to this, Doug and Roxanne Human were available to pray with many people int he chapel on the National Day of Prayer. Coffee and doughnuts were available for participants, and twelve employees participated. Doug co-labors with Warren as a Chaplain at the Boise Airport Chapel.
On April 16 Paul Curtas (FCAP General Director) and Jake Joseph (Pilot with Republic Airlines) had the
joy of speaking with around 60 students at Grace Christian School in the Tampa area. They talked with the students about living for Christ in their future workplaces. The time was well-received by the students.
Shannon Jipsen has been part of our FCAP family for many years and is a Captain flying for UPS. Several months ago, an article sharing how faith helped Shannon conquer her fear of flying was written by Madelyn Wilbanks and published in The Southeast Outlook. With their permission, we would like to share with you that article entitled
“Letting God Take the Controls”