Picture of the day: Fighting Ebola

David Francis

Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot David Francis sent in this photo, noting, “I thought this picture of a health ministry worker spraying bleach on the tires of our Cessna Caravan at Boende in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a flight to support the fight against Ebola might be appropriate. GA airplanes aren’t just for recreation, they do a lot of vital life-saving work that other vehicles and forms of transport just can’t do.” [Read more…]

Do you have what it takes to be a missionary pilot?



The Cessna 206 soared past the ridge and immediately plunged into a narrow canyon. Rocks melded into a reddish blur as the pilot-in-training aimed for a thin grass strip tucked amid the canyon walls. He relayed a mock mayday message into the radio before zooming past the airstrip and out of the ravine.

This simulated engine failure is one of many exercises a prospective pilot performs in the Idaho backcountry before serving overseas with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). But there are other steps a pilot must complete before even arriving at the non-profit organization’s headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.

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A pilot report from the Philippines



On Nov. 22, Dave Forney, a Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot/mechanic serving in Kalimantan, Indonesia, took these photos and filed this report from the Philippines, where he is assisting in the relief efforts:

“Yesterday I went out on the helicopter, first flight of the day, to the small islands in the little Quiniluban Archipelago. I spent the day going from island to island, overseeing the safe off-loading of food and relief supplies from the helicopter into the hands of hungry villagers.

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Bringing aid to the Philippines


CUYO, Philippines — Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and New Tribes Mission (NTM) are working hand-in-hand to deliver food, clean water, and other critical aid to remote island communities of the Philippines in desperate need following Typhoon Haiyan.

The missionary organizations are among many that are providing aid to the typhoon-ravaged area.

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