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September 22, 2010
By Dan Namowitz
Nothing beats a STOL-equipped turboprop single with a high useful load for tackling tough assignments. That’s why an aircraft like the PT6-powered Quest Kodiak meets the needs of Mission Aviation Fellowship of Nampa, Idaho, a faith-based nonprofit ministry that takes on challenges in remote areas with a fleet of 58 aircraft.
On Sept. 20 the organization announced that a donor has provided a $1.7-million challenge grant that would fully fund a new Kodiak purchase. The condition is that the donation be matched by year’s end. Another matching grant is providing $750,000 as MAF adds its sixth Kodiak under a program launched in 2009 to replace aircraft in an aging Cessna 206 fleet.
“Kodiak airplanes are much more cost effective to operate, and greatly expand our ability to quickly transport essential aid to remote areas,” said MAF President and CEO John Boyd. MAF has a goal of acquiring seven more Kodiaks in the next two years.
Founded in 1945, MAF operates in 41 countries, supporting the work of 1,000 organizations, strengthening communications infrastructure, and transporting medical personnel, relief supplies, and missionaries to remote areas. MAF recently deployed a new Kodiak to earthquake-stricken Haiti. Each year MAF pilots fly thousands of medical evacuation flights, said a new release announcing the challenge grants.
Aircraft Power and Fuel,
Cost to Operate,
Shell announced Dec. 3 the development of an unleaded aviation fuel that will be submitted for certification as a "performance drop-in" avgas replacement.
The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.
An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.
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