Planes

MAF PNG currently operates three different types of aircraft, which means we are very flexible meeting the needs of our customers regarding the capacity for passengers and payload.

DHC6 Twin Otter

  • A highly manoeuvrable, versatile aircraft, ideally suited to the unique terain in PNG
  • Twin-engined turbine aircraft
  • Carries up to 19 passengers/1,800kg supplies
  • Cruising speed 290kph

Cessna 208 Caravan

  • Single-engined turbine aircraft
  • Carries 9 passengers/1000 kg supplies
  • Cruising speed 275kph

GA8-TC 320 Airvan

  • Ideal for rugged terrain
  • Single-engined aircraft
  • Carries up to 7 passengers/500kg supplies
  • Cruising speed 240kph
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DHC6 Twin Otter

The DHC6 Twin Otter is carrying up to 1,800kg of freight or 19 passengers, the Twin Otter can fly in and out of airstrips less than 400 metres long and with slopes of over 12%.

It is a true bush aircraft, in a class of its own and providing access to communities that are otherwise unreachable.

Michael Duncalfe, Flight Operations Manager

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Cessna 208 Caravan

The Cessna Caravan is a highly reliable and efficient aircraft. It is one of the very few single-engine aircraft certified almost world-wide for passenger-carrying commercial air services under Instrument Flying Rules, though we’re still waiting for this approval in PNG.

A very versatile aircraft, the Caravan typically can carry up to nine adult passengers with plenty of  baggage stored neatly in an external cargo-pod on the underside of the aircraft.  Flight missions can carry about one tonne of freight or combination of both freight and passengers with enough fuel for up to two hours flying plus reserve.  Although it does not have the short take-off and landing capabilities of the DHC-6 Twin Otter, it can handle short and rough airstrips well enough for most flight operations. On longer routes the Caravan’s single and efficient PWC PT-6 engine gives it the most effective range vs. payload within the MAF-PNG fleet.

Michael Dupuis, Senior Pilot

CRMF’s David Feka and Joey Redhead flew on MAF to the small mountain village of Guasa to install an HF radio at the primary school to help combat the widespread problem of teacher absences in the remote highland villages. In Guasa, only three of nine teachers have been showing up to teach their classes in recent months while the absent teachers live in a city collecting a paycheck from an auto bank deposit. As is typical of the highlands, access to the village is by air – a 20-minute flight - or walking for two days to reach the closest road. With the HF radio in place at the school, teachers will be required to check in via radio on workdays. 

David Feka is the resident expert on HF radio installations and Joey Redhead, new to CRMF, came along for training. Men from the community assisted in the installation that took two days, and the three teachers received basic training on how to operate the radio. The HF radio can also be used in emergencies such as to call MAF for medevacs. 

With an overnight planned at Guasa, David and Joey showed the “Jesus” film to the community. In spite of a torrential downpour just prior to showing, well over 100 people showed up and stayed through to the end.

GA8 Airvan

The GA8-TC320 Airvan has been a blessing for MAF PNG with the retirement of the aging and maintenance intensive Cessna 206, it has filled a gap. Although not possessing a short field take-off and landing performance as good as the C206, the Airvan is a useful utility aircraft with the large rear door and flat floor making loading easier.

With the increasing difficulty of economically operating Avgas powered aeroplanes, it will not be long until we are operating a wholly turbine fleet, however in the meantime the Airvan enables us to provide a service and share God’s love to many remote and isolated communities in Christ’s name.

Richie Axon, Pilot