Supporters gather around the 1997 Cessna at a celebration and dedication last week. (MAF photo)
Last week, more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the acquisition of a 1997 Cessna T207A. The plane is a workhorse according to Greg Ryle, MAF's program manager in Haiti. It will be flying approximately 500 each year transporting large equipment, food, medical supplies and ministry teams to hard-to-reach areas.
"Thousands of people who are living far beyond the reach of normal transportation and communication services will receive life-transforming blessings because of these wings," said Kevin Swanson, president of MAF.
Ministry leaders expressed gratitude during the celebration. "We want to express our thanks to all those who made it possible for us to have this new plane in the MAF fleet. You are partnering with us in ministry to reach Haiti for Christ," said Ryle.
The plane is capable of carrying a total of 1,600 pounds. It accommodates 6 people and a pilot and has an additional compartment useful for large equipment and extra medical supplies. With a 300-HP engine, the Cessna can take off from runways as short as 985 feet and fly up to 144 knots.
In French, the phrase "Louez le Seigneur" means "Praise the Lord." The plane is registered as LLS, referring to that phrase.