Partnering with FLYSPEC

Flyspec. You may have read that name on these pages a few times. 

This charity partners with Flying Mission Zambia to accomplish its goal of ‘bringing orthopaedic reconstructive surgery to remote areas of Zambia’. And what does that mean in real terms?

It means that 75% of Zambians living in rural areas can have access to specialist surgical services. 60% of those people live on less than £1 per day. Flyspec charges nothing for its services. It is reliant on donations. And that is how this 3 year old child with Blounts Disease came to be succesfully treated.

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The value of TEAM

One day at team meeting, Andy Kradolpher, Aviation Manager of Flying Mission Zambia, reminded the team

‘You are all part of bringing the truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the message that sets people free.

On the last two days of my recent flight to Malawi,  I realized what a crucial role the aeroplane plays here in Africa to help further the spread of the Good News.

We only have a limited time on this earth, and the plane helps in maximizing the impact in this region.

It was only possible to do that trip because

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Another pilot, another flight to Malawi

Andy Kradolfer, head of Aviation for Flying Mission Zambia, found it was his turn to fly to Malawi recently. His brief was to take a Zambian pastor to speak for 2 days at a week-long Missions Conference. Andy thought that this pastor must be very important to be flying alone for such a long way only to speak for 2 days.

Well, things didn’t go well initially. There is more to be done for international flights than domestic ones. Andy told us:

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What do you do all day?

 

On weekdays, on most Saturdays, and occasionally on a Sunday, there is activity in and around the Flying Mission Zambia hangar. From Monday to Friday there are a number of guys who arrive at 7:15am.

By 7:30am there is a ‘devotional time’ which all those working that day at the hangar will attend. The guys have been going through “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers which has been really encouraging, if sometimes a little bit heavy at that hour of the morning! From thereon, daily tasks are discussed and assigned. 

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Timo goes over the border

Flying Mission pilot Timo Kehr tells us how he is finding mission flying in this report of a flight to Malawi he recently undertook. He dubs it ‘a short insight into the life of a missionary pilot’: 

6 am: the alarm clock goes off. Take off is set for 8 am, so I have a small breakfast and off I go…Thank God, the internet is working – what a great start to the day!

First of all: weather check; clouds are low but otherwise no threat. ” Good to go“.

Next step: checking the plane: fuel, oil; all is functioning and everything is where it’s meant to be…

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The fruits of the Spirit are … patience….

Chief Pilot for Flying Mission Zambia, Rick Rempel, recently had one of those frustrating jobs that turn up every so often. It began on a Friday afternoon….

I was asked by the Flight Scheduler to take a missionary from Zambia to South Africa for health care the next day. International flights take some planning, with special clearances required for all foreign airspaces. Times for exiting and entering all have to be submitted. I was going into an airport new to me and close by busy Johannesburg, so there was plenty of work to be done.

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Mercy Flyers to the rescue

‘Mrs B’ was involved in a nasty road traffic accident way out in Mongu in the Zambezi valley, not far from Angola. She sustained a neck injury which caused her right hand to be paralysed though there was no other paralysis.  The family and medical staff were concerned that if she took the 9 hour drive back to Lusaka, Zambia, she could well sustain further injury to her spine and become quadriplegic.

Flying Mission Zambia partners, Mercy Flyers, were requested to fly her back to Lusaka to get her urgently to the orthopaedic surgeon at the Zambian Italian Hospital.

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The man with the key has gone!

 

CMS in Flight

There are some sayings that are heard all over Africa, such as TIA (This is Africa) and ‘the man with the key has gone’ and Flying Mission pilot Jonathan Weaver got to experience both of those recently.

‘I was doing an international flight for some of the Baptist Missionaries. I was excited about this flight because I had never been to Mozambique, but I was also a bit apprehensive because, with international flying in Africa, you never know what to expect.

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