Photo Diary: A week in the life of a MAF pilot

Posted: on August 28, 2012

The mission of MAF is as unique as it is exciting. Below is a typical week (if there is such a thing as a typical week!) of a MAF Pilot in East Timor, a small mountainous nation with great needs.

Using our GA8 Airvan aircraft based in Dili, pilot Jonathan Lowe was able to overcome the barriers of mountains and a weak infrastructure to enable our passengers, who are involved in medical, development and education work, to get to their destinations safely and quickly.

Monday 20th AugustMonday_3_

Monday’s flights were firstly for a team from the Leprosy Mission, to drop them at Oecusse, then an afternoon medevac from Oecusse back to Dili for a 30 year old woman in a coma.






Tuesday 21st AugustTuesday_3_

Tuesday’s flight went to Los Palos, taking Kirsty Gusmao – the Goodwill ambassador for Education and the wife of the Prime Minister – and a team from a church in Melbourne to the opening of some new school buildings.






Wednesday 22nd AugustWednesday_3_

Wednesday’s planned flight to Suai, Maliana and Dili had to be changed when another medevac request came from Oecusse – actually a triple medevac.

The three patients – a child and two adults were flown to hospital, along with three escorts and a nurse.



Thursday 23rd AugustThursday

Two flights took place yesterday, firstly a scenic flight over Dili for the visiting family of one of our regular Oxfam passengers. After that, a flight to Same taking a WaterAid staff member and family who are relocating there.









Friday 24th AugustFriday_3_

MAF East Timor’s flight today (Friday) supported an agricultural training project. The team with Caritas were flown to Oecusse so they can spend the day in a village with a group of 150 farmers evaluating the effects of their programmes.

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