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Jan. 26, 2010, Sandpoint, ID – MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new KODIAK airplane and four crew members to join its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort following the massive earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12. The deployment marks the first-ever use of this specially designed airplane in disaster relief work.


January 26, 2010
By Administrator

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Jan. 26, 2010, Sandpoint, ID – MAF (Mission Aviation
Fellowship) has deployed a new KODIAK airplane and four crew members to join
its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort following the
massive earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12. The deployment marks the first-ever use of
this specially designed airplane in disaster relief work.

Following a brief dedication ceremony, the KODIAK took off
on its 3,000-mile, 18-hour flight to Haiti. The KODIAK, which can carry more
cargo and passengers than similar planes currently in use in Haiti, will
support the MAF relief efforts. Also, the KODIAK runs on jet fuel, which is
more readily available than costly aviation gasoline, or “avgas,” which is in
short supply in Haiti.

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Nine-year-old Moise Salois
of Nampa, Idaho, adopted from an orphanage in Haiti four years ago, is
interviewed by local media. He has two brothers and a grandmother living in
Haiti. Moise sent two boxes of aid on the MAF Kodiak.

“The KODIAK is the next-generation bush plane and is made
for such a time as this,” said John Boyd, president of MAF-US. “It can land on
short, unpaved airstrips to get essential humanitarian help to its destination
quickly and safely in the absence of viable roads. The KODIAK will greatly
expand our ability to quickly take aid where it is most needed.”

This deployment of the KODIAK is the latest MAF response to
the tragedy that has claimed some 200,000 lives and damaged most of the
buildings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Disaster response has been an
MAF area of expertise for more than 60 years. In past disasters, including the
Indonesian Tsunami of 2004, Hurricane Felix and Cyclone Sidr in 2007, and the
Haitian hurricanes of 2008, MAF provided communications systems, delivered
relief supplies, transported medical teams and assisted humanitarian
organizations in reaching people and areas that had been otherwise cut off from
assistance.

MAF flights bring desperately needed relief supplies to
outlying towns and return to Port-au-Prince with expatriates who had been
working in Haiti before the earthquake and are evacuating the country. MAF,
which has been serving in Haiti for 23 years, has set up a Port-au-Prince
communications center connected to a GATR VSAT satellite system, supplying
direly needed high-bandwidth communications to workers from at least 16
international aid groups. The ministry is also helping coordinate the arrival
and distribution of relief through its hangar at the airport. This service is
valuable to relief organization as MAF staff know the country, the culture and
the language.

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Members of the MAF team ready the new KODIAK for it’s
18-hour, 3,000 mile flight to Haiti. The KODIAK will join three other MAF
planes already participating in the disaster relief effort there.

 

“With the help of MAF, CCH's trauma team and medical
supplies are in Jacmel helping heal the injured, hurt and hopeless,” said Karen
H. Carr, director of Community Coalition for Haiti. “MAF has been a constant
source of hope for all of the relief organizations trying to get supplies and
medical personnel into Haiti. For the Haitians who are suffering and those
bringing help, hearing the MAF flights overhead gives us more reason to believe
that things will recover here and that more help is on the way.”

The cargo aboard the KODIAK included two boxes of aid
collected by 9- year-old Moise Salois of Nampa, Idaho. Young Moise, adopted
from an  orphanage in Haiti four
years ago, still has two brothers and a grandmother living in Haiti. Among
items Moise sent to Haiti on the MAF flight were medical supplies, infant
formula, food and clothing. Additionally, MAF is partnering with Hands of Hope
and World Concern to provide relief supplies to Haiti. Among items collected
for distribution in Haiti are food such as Power Bars, peanut butter and
cooking oil; medical supplies including surgical gloves and orthopedic braces
and splints; and other supplies such as blankets, solar-powered flashlights,
large tarps, nylon rope and bungee cords.

This aircraft is the fourth MAF KODIAK. Three others are
already serving overseas in remote areas. The KODIAK is manufactured by Quest
Aircraft Co. of Sandpoint, Idaho,

which was founded to provide rugged, backcountry aircraft
for remote operations for mission aviation organizations around the world. Over
the next few years, MAF will place 18 KODIAKS into service, replacing many of
its Cessna 206s.

Founded in the U.S. in 1945, MAF (www.mafcanada.ca)
missionary teams of aviation, communications, technology and education
specialists overcome barriers in remote areas, by enabling the work of more
than 1,000 organizations in isolated areas of the world. With its fleet of more
than 130 bush aircraft – including the new KODIAK – MAF serves in 31 countries
across Africa, Asia, Eurasia and Latin America. MAF pilots transport
missionaries, medical personnel, medicines and relief supplies, as well as
conduct thousands of emergency medical evacuations in remote areas. MAF also
provides telecommunications services, such as satellite Internet access,
high-frequency radios, electronic mail and other wireless systems.


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