The mission of MAF is as unique as it is exciting. Below is a typical week (if there is such a thing as a typical week!) of a MAF Pilot in East Timor, a small mountainous nation with great needs.
Using our GA8 Airvan aircraft based in Dili, pilot Jonathan Lowe was able to overcome the barriers of mountains and a weak infrastructure to enable our passengers, who are involved in medical, development and education work, to get to their destinations safely and quickly.
Monday 20th August
Monday’s flights were firstly for a team from the Leprosy Mission, to drop them at Oecusse, then an afternoon medevac from Oecusse back to Dili for a 30 year old woman in a coma.
Tuesday 21st August
Tuesday’s flight went to Los Palos, taking Kirsty Gusmao – the Goodwill ambassador for Education and the wife of the Prime Minister – and a team from a church in Melbourne to the opening of some new school buildings.
Wednesday 22nd August
Wednesday’s planned flight to Suai, Maliana and Dili had to be changed when another medevac request came from Oecusse – actually a triple medevac.
The three patients – a child and two adults were flown to hospital, along with three escorts and a nurse.
Thursday 23rd August
Two flights took place yesterday, firstly a scenic flight over Dili for the visiting family of one of our regular Oxfam passengers. After that, a flight to Same taking a WaterAid staff member and family who are relocating there.
Friday 24th August
MAF East Timor’s flight today (Friday) supported an agricultural training project. The team with Caritas were flown to Oecusse so they can spend the day in a village with a group of 150 farmers evaluating the effects of their programmes.