MAF Donor Matches
Gift To Fund Two New KODIAK Aircraft
By Steve Hall
April 11, 2011 - Through the generosity of two donors,
MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), a faith-based,
nonprofit ministry that brings aid and assistance to
needy people in remote places around the world, will
soon take delivery of a pair of new KODIAK airplanes.
The Quest Kodiak is a high-wing, un-pressurized,
turboprop-powered fixed-tricycle-gear aircraft built by
and suitable for humanitarian applications in unimproved
areas. A skydiving version has been certificated.
The Kodiak bears a strong resemblance to the Cessna
Caravan, but it is significantly smaller and lighter
than the Cessna, intended more for the utilitarian
market, although an executive interior, the "
an anonymous donor provided a $1.7 million grant to purchase a
KODIAK, with the condition that another donor commit to a grant
in the same amount. Just recently a second anonymous donor
stepped forward with the funds for the second new plane.
grateful for this generous gift that empowers MAF to further
assist people in remote areas of the world that are largely
inaccessible without MAF air service," said John Boyd, MAF
president and CEO. "We greatly appreciate our partnerships with
donors who have come alongside us to increase our services to
people living in hard-to-access areas of the globe."
planes in MAF's fleet are Cessna 206s that run on avgas, a
costly fuel that is difficult to obtain in remote areas.
KODIAKs, however, run on more readily available jet fuel while
using the same short, rough airstrips, thus solving the fuel
problem. KODIAK airplanes are far more cost-effective to operate
and enhance MAF's ability to quickly transport essential aid
where it is most needed.
More than a decade ago MAF launched a multi-year initiative to replace many of its aging Cessna 206s with new KODIAKs. Designed by Quest Aircraft Co., with input from MAF and other relief organizations, the KODIAK carries a larger payload than its predecessor.
|?AvStop Online Magazine Contact Us Return To News|