Keep MAF airplanes flying safely

Lives depend on the safety of MAF flights

What happens when a nose gear fork fails?

"You can't pull over to the side of the road when you hear a funny noise."

If the nose fork goes, the propeller will be damaged and possibly the engine too-or worse, it can put our passengers and pilots in danger.

"This is why we have to do this, because we need to protect the airplanes, and nose gears are a big deal … on all of our airplanes. The turbine engines on a KODIAK are far more expensive than the piston engines on a Cessna." - Roland Trempert, Director Aviation Safety/Quality

It's just one little part …

An aircraft's engine represents much of the weight supported by a plane's forward landing gear (nose gear). The nose gear fork, to which the front wheel is attached, plays a critical role in the safe performance of that landing gear.

Because MAF airplanes land on rocky and uneven dirt airstrips, the soundness of a nose gear fork is of even greater importance. Should the nose gear fork fail upon landing, an aircraft will sustain extensive damage to its propeller and possibly the fuselage too.

Damage to the propeller necessitates a costly inspection of the engine, and usually leads to even costlier repairs or, worse, the replacement of that engine.

On a KODIAK, the cost of an engine is $250,000, minimally.

An investment in the future.

MAF-which clocks the most air miles on KODIAK aircraft than any other carrier-regularly evaluates performance, so that improvements can be addressed by the manufacturer, Quest Aircraft.

A problem with one of our nose gear forks prompted us to inspect this part on all of our KODIAKs. Tiny hairline cracks were discovered in some of the others, which prompted Quest to improve their design, as recommended by MAF. Your gift today will help MAF replace this important part on all of our KODIAKs.

This critical part will cost $9,000 for each airplane. Because we have 12 KODIAKs, we will need to raise $108,000 to cover this unplanned expense.

"In the end we see this as saving us maintenance time, and downtime. So, it will take some time to install but we won't have to keep inspecting it on a certain interval or whenever it shimmies. So there are costs to put them in, but savings down the line."
- Dave Rask, Director Aviation Resources

Replace a part … Make a difference!

Help make a difference in the lives of isolated people around the world! By helping MAF reach our $108,000 goal, you are helping people in remote places experience the love of Jesus. Thank you!

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Mission Aviation Fellowship delivers help and hope

For over 70 years, Mission Aviation Fellowship has used aviation and technology to share the love of Jesus Christ with isolated people who have not yet heard the Gospel.

Airplanes are highly effective tools used to deliver help and hope to places where there are no airports. Where the terrain is rough. Where an airstrip may be a crude clearing through a jungle or on the side of a mountain.

This is why your help is so important.

It was the first time I saw that my role as a mechanic could be a direct help to someone. I know that maintaining our aircraft helps get people to their destinations all the time. But it was pretty neat to be associated with something so critical in the lives of this woman and her baby.”

— Mike Johnson, MAF mechanic, who made a critical repair on an airplane to get a woman experiencing pregnancy complications to the nearest hospital

“Now I’m feeling like I’ll be able to learn more deeply about God’s Word. When I sit with my own people, we’ll be able to read it together.”

— Kenuel Sobolim, after receiving a Bible translated in his native Hupla language by a team of translators who partnered with MAF

“Churches are going up all over. I have flown thousands of pounds of cement, roofing, nails, carpenters, food, and supplies. Last week I delivered the front doors of the sanctuary…I was greeted by a small band who danced around the aircraft as the doors were unloaded.”

— Brian Marx, MAF pilot, describing the support MAF is providing to help the indigenous church grow in Papua, Indonesia

Your gift will transform the lives of isolated people

When you partner with MAF, you will make an eternal difference in the lives of isolated people all over the world. Please give now to keep MAF airplanes flying to bring help and hope in the name of Jesus.

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