Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

First landing

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot, Andy Symmonds embarked on the maiden flight to Aiyu and shared his experience.

He was welcomed with a singsing, the participants danced around the aircraft.

All the local dignitaries were in attendance, including local government members, pastors, and newly appointed MAF agents. He gave them some instructions on the care and maintenance of the strip.

The community advised Symmonds that the nearest operational airstrips were at least a full day's walk away, over difficult swampy terrain.

First aerial health patrol

The AHP’s first flight took off from Balimo bound for Wawoi Falls, a rural community in the remote Western Province bordering Hela. This corner of the province has been particularly difficult for health officers to support because of the logistics.

Western Provincial Administrator Robert Kaiyun said: “We are excited and we are confident that this arrangement is going to help improve our health performance indicators in the province.

Rumours making villagers flee: MAF

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and its associated ministry, Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF), have revealed that the Mt Bosavi eruption rumours in Southern Highlands Province are making people flee.

“This is false information. Scientists have been helicoptered in to view and study the volcano. They have declared that there is no danger from an eruption and have been to speak to people in the villages.