Fueled by Prayer
As our aircraft need fuel to operate, we as an organisation need prayer to keep us going. At the heart of all we do is a desire to see people transformed physically and spiritually in Christ’s name. Prayer is a vital part of this vision.
Prayer changes things. It’s been central to MAF since we began flying about 70 years ago, from people like you praying in your home or church to our pilots praying before each flight takes off. Would you join our growing family and pray with us?
MAF PNG Operations Update - 14 May 2021
Dear Friends and Partners, We would like to inform our partners and customers about MAF’s status of operations since our last update in February 2021 and since the Government released new measures to control and manage the pandemic here in PNG. The current orders from the NCC require any passenger boarding an aircraft for a domestic flight to have a negative test report for COVID-19. MAF recognizes the difficulty in obtaining a COVID test for travel in most places. We have obtained permission from the NCC to conduct COVID tests for passengers and are currently doing tests at Hagen and Telefomin. In view of the number of test kits available we are giving priority to essential staff like health workers and teachers who need to go into remote communities. We do recognize that our passengers from the bush locations cannot travel on our planes as there are no facilities for a COVID test. We have taken the issue up with NCC on several occasions and are awaiting a decision. We continue to pray for wisdom for the National Leadership as they take decisions. We also pray for practical outcomes, especially for our people in the remote areas so that our rural passengers can avail our facilities. Our pilots and survey teams continue to carry out surveys even through these times. MAF is still intent on our mission of reaching isolated communities while at the same time doing this in the safest manner possible! We thank you for your patience with us as we together face these challenges from this pandemic. Please find below the current status of the 110 airstrips open for MAF operations as per 14 May 2021. Are you looking to book a flight or need to inquire about fares? You can reach our bookings department via text message/SMS and WhatsApp. Send your booking requests to +675 70440433 by simply sending a message and they will call you back. Do you prefer a direct call? Then please dial +675 7373 9999 (this number does NOT receive text or works with WhatsApp) Do you like emails? You can always reach them at [email protected] Airstrip update East Sepik Province (8): Ambunti, Malaumanda, Samban, Tamo, Wewak, Wuvulu, Yagiap, Yambaitok Eastern Higlands (14): Aiyura, Ande, Aziana, Boikoa, Gema, Goroka, Guwasa, Marawaka, Owena, Simogu, Sindeni, Usarumpia, Wonenara, Wuyabo Enga (5): Kairik, Kompiam, Maramuni, Pyarulama, Yenkisa Gulf (4): Gobe, Kerema, Kikori, Wabo Hela (3): Komo, Tari, Wanakipa Jiwaka (2): Koinambe, Tsendiap Madang (4): Madang, Nankina, Simbai, Teptep Morobe (10): Derim, Finschhafen, Gusap, Indagen, Nadzap, Sapmanga, Satwag, Tapmange, Wasu, Yalumet NCD (1): Port Moresby West Sepik Province (18): Anguganak, Buluwo, Edwaki, Eliptamin, Green River, Kwieftim, Lumi, Munbil, Nuku, Oksapmin, Sibilanga, Sisamin, Tadji, Tekin, Telefomin, Tumilbil, Vanimo, Yapsie Simbu (4): Bomai, Chimbu, Karimui, Manu Sounthern Highlands (3): Moro, Mount Tawa, Muluma Western Province (33): Aiambak, Awaba, Balimo, Bensbach, Bosset, Daru, Debepari, Dimissisi, Dodomona, Fuma, Guavi, Habi, Hesalibi, Honinabi, Kamusi, Kapal, Kawito, Kiunga, Lake Murray, Morehead, Mougulu, Nomad River, Obo, Rumginae, Sasereme, Suabi, Suki, Tabubil, Tapila, Wawoi Falls, Weam, Wipim, Yehebi Western Highlands (1): Mount Hagen 25 more airstrip surveys have been done recently. Our team is currently assessing and processing the data aquired. This week, pilots together with a team from RAA (Rural Airstrip Agency) conduct surveys out of Telefomin, such as Selbang, Ambi, and Kuyol to name those you see photos in this update. At the same time as the survey happens, a team from CRMF installs HF radios in some of these communities. We do have 15 more airstrip surveys scheduled over the next weeks. To survey 200plus airstrips takes time and those airstrips which are open we provide service for freight and passengers as best as possible under the current pandemic restrictions. By the end of the year, we will have surely surveyed the remaining 40 airstrips listed in our database. Unfortunately, after processing the survey data we had to close 28 airstrips we used to fly to as the risk is too high to take our C208 into these airstrips and operate safely. Our vision at MAF PNG is to see isolated changed by the love of by serving together to bring help, hope and healing through aviation. Since 1951, MAF’s continuous operations in Papua New Guinea have provided essential air transport to isolated communities located in some of the most rugged terrains in the world. Today, MAF is the longest-serving aviation operator in PNG, with international standards of safety, flight operations, and aircraft maintenance. With our fleet, we overcome physical barriers that prevent people in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea from having access to healthcare, education, safe water, and the Gospel. We serve local communities, local church groups, missionaries, NGOs, development and relief agencies, and government departments who are working to change the lives of those living in remote areas.
We are celebrating our 70th anniversary!
A smile on the face of the young mother on seeing her newborn child who nearly died in childbirth; relief in the eyes of the father who can finally send his son to school after weeks of waiting; cheers from the entire community as the ‘balus’ brings in precious food, water and shelter after the earthquake; gratitude of the farmer who can finally get his coffee beans into town and some much-needed money in return; the excitement of the work brigade as they unload the ‘walkabout’ sawmill and other tools for building a new school; tears in the eyes of the family whose beloved deceased we could bring back to their remote village; eternal hope that comes with receiving the Word of God in their heart language. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been bringing physical and spiritual hope and transformation to the remote communities of Papua New Guinea for the last 70 years. From its humble beginnings in Madang in 1951, and the ultimate sacrifice by Harry Hartwig only a few months into operation, to the present day with a fleet of brand-new Cessna 208 Caravans, MAF has come a long way. At its peak, MAF had a footprint from the Western Province all the way to Bougainville. We have heard many stories from our beloved people of PNG, missionaries, and NGO partners about how MAF has served as their lifeline, impacting their communities, and improving their lives. Over the years our fleet has changed, but our vision has remained the same: to see isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name by the sharing of God’s love through aviation and technology. Using our Cessna C208 Caravan aircraft we can overcome the physical barriers that prevent people in mainland Papua New Guinea from having access to healthcare, education, safe water, and the Gospel. We are bringing help, hope and healing to the isolated people of this country. As a team of around 100 national and 40 international staff, spread across 11 bases, we serve local communities, local churches, missionaries, NGOs, development and relief agencies, and government departments who are working to change the lives of those living in remote areas. A special celebration needed a special logo! What does MAF mean to you? Can you condense MAF’s 70 years of impact in Papua New Guinea’s remote communities and the ongoing need for MAF’s presence in PNG into one logo? As MAF PNG was preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2021, we for people to get creative and design a temporary MAF PNG anniversary logo. We received 19 different entries which were a joy for us to see and read the explanations behind their designs. Entry was open for Papua New Guineans of all ages and those associated with the work of MAF in Papua New Guinea. Our MAF PNG team, both nationals and expats, judged all the submitted designs anonymously and selected the one which best represents MAF PNG’s past and present. The winning logo was submitted by Simon Wamo, a Mt Hagen resident. Congratulations! As a reward, Mr Wamo’s winning 70th anniversary logo will soon become the temporary face of MAF PNG in 2021 – it will be flown around by our aircraft and seen in various other publications, nationwide and internationally. The runner-up designs were submitted by Israel Kaupa (Gumine, Simbu), Michael Paul Kumo (Kerowagi, Simbu) and Joy Suarika (Goroka, Eastern Highlands) and Anna Rayner (United Kingdom). These top 5 will receive a MAF PNG anniversary prize later this year. Thanks again to all those who submitted a design.
Operations Update: 1. February 2021
We would like to inform our partners and customers about MAFs current status of operations and the progress since we shut down flying in Mar 2020 after our landing incidents. MAF has identified that the condition of airstrips was one of the contributing factors and as you are aware commenced fresh surveys of every airstrip based on ministry effectiveness and needs. While the restrictions imposed on domestic travel by the Government due to the global pandemic did affect our operations, we have been engaged in health patrols to remote communities as a part of COVID response and have carried out more than 80 medevacs. Though the international travel restrictions are affecting our training and return of staff, we have been working diligently to be able to return to full-fledged operations in order to serve our remote communities. The efforts of our ‘survey teams’ all through the year have resulted in us completing surveys of 136 of the 216 strips we regularly operate to. Planning and executing surveys need coordination between several agencies and we have been affected by the weather on several occasions. We are aware of nearly 80 strips and several new airstrips that still need to be surveyed and are consciously working towards the same. Thank you for your patience as we have worked hard to ensure the safety of you, your families, and your valuable cargo. As per the end of January 2021, we now have exactly 100 airstrips open. See the list below for details. Please bear with us as we have to balance the need for more surveys, the training of our pilots and the ongoing high demand for service and medevac flights. MAF is still intent on our mission of reaching isolated communities while at the same time doing this in the safest manner possible! Airstrips open for MAF operations as of 1 February 2021. East Sepik (8): Ambunti, Malaumanda, Samban, Tamo, Wewak, Wuvulu, Yagiap, Yambaitok Eastern Higlands (14): Aiyura, Ande, Aziana, Boikoa, Gema, Goroka, Guwasa, Marawaka, Owena, Simogu, Sindeni, Usarumpia, Wonenara, Wuyabo Enga (5): Kairik, Kompiam, Maramuni, Pyarulama, Yenkisa Gulf (3): Kerema, Kikori, Wabo Hela (2): Tari, Wanakipa Jiwaka (2): Koinambe, Tsendiap Madang (4): Madang, Nankina, Simbai, Teptep Morobe (7): Derim, Finschhafen, Gusap, Nadzap, Sapmanga, Wasu. Yalumet NCD (1): Port Moresby Sandaun (18): Angugnak, Buluwo, Edwaki, Eliptamin, Green River, Kwieftim, Lumi, Munbil, Nuku, Oksapmin, Sibilanga, Sisamin, Tadji, Tekin, Telefomin, Tumilbil, Vanimo, Yapsie Simbu (3): Bomai, Chimbu, Karimui, Manu Southern Highlands (1): Muluma Western Province (29): Aiambak, Awaba, Balimo, Bensbach, Daru, Debepari, Dimissisi, Dodomona, Fuma, Hesalibi, Honinabi, Kamusi, Kapal, Kawito, Kiunga, Lake Murray, Morehead, Mougulu, Nomad River, Obo, Rumginae, Sasereme, Suabi, Suki, Tabubil, Tapila, Wawoi Falls, Weam, Wipim Western Highlands (1): Mount Hagen Are you looking to book a flight? For direct calls to our bookings team, please use +675 7373 9999 (This number does NOT receive text messages or works with WhatsApp.) You can also reach our bookings department on WhatsApp. Send your booking requests to +675 70440433, or simply send a message and they will call you back. Do you prefer to write an email? Please use: [email protected] Our vision at MAF PNG is to see isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name by sharing God’s love through aviation and technology. MAF has operated in Papua New Guinea continuously since 1951, serving remote communities through aviation for 70 years. Using our Cessna Caravan, C208 aircraft we are able to overcome the physical barriers that prevent people in Papua New Guinea from having access to healthcare, education, safe water, and the Gospel, helping to bring physical and spiritual healing to the isolated people of this country. We serve the local communities, local church groups, missionaries, NGOs, development and relief agencies, and government departments who are working to change the lives of those living in remote areas.