Aviation (ZM)

Aviation in Zambia

Another time, another team

 

country of Zambia

For the first time in their young lives they are travelling to the vast southern African region.

Their destination is Zambezi, a small town in the west of Zambia - very different from Spokane, their home town in the state of Washington, USA.

A VIPOP - what's that?

A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF PAPER - that's what a VIPOP is. And here it is: the Air Operator Certificate, presented to Flying Mission Zambia by the ZCAA, the regulating body for aviation here in Zambia.Receiving the document

 

It has taken 2 and a half years to acquire this certificate and is the 'passport' to more ministry in Southern Africa for Flying Mission Zambia. National changes required Flying Mission to register as a commercial organisation and qualify for the new status. Much paperwork and re-structuring took place at Chilongolo to make it happen.

Exponential growth at Flying Mission Zambia

 

 

 

So, what's taking place at Chilongolo, home of Flying Mission Zambia, these days? It's 'all hands on deck' to complete the hangar project! Every kind of skill is being employed by the team in order to finish this part of the infrastructure and integrate the administration department into the building. Come and see how it is coming along - or, better still, come out and help us!

 

 

Is that a pilot up there with a drill? It could be. This team is versatile.

 

 

Dreams coming true at The Falconer Children's Home in rural Zambia

Stansfield family plus one other

Flying Mission Zambia recently helped a UK family to make its dreams come true... and probably those of some needy children in Zambia.

The Stansfield family (Duncan, Susan, Nicholas and Megan) expressed appreciation for the organisation and have kindly shared their story with us here: 

Flying in Zambia - 10 years on

On the anniversary of 10 years of flying in Zambia with Flying Mission, Rick and Tracey Rempel review the growth of this work. (Rick was the second pilot to come up from Botswana to start the work of FM in another country of Southern Africa; Tracey was working with SIM when they met and married in Zambia.)

The inside story

'Let’s talk business' say Timo and Nina, as they explain their parts in connecting people in Zambia. 

Timo: Gonzaga University, USA, once a year offers a study trip into rural Zambia to the town of Zambezi and its surrounding area. The students spend three weeks in the bush, learning about the culture, the country and its people and teaching a variety of different classes from which the Zambians may profit. May was the month this year.

 

How is FMZ involved? Flying Mission Zambia is the bridge between Lusaka and Zambezi.

Where? Never Heard Of It!

When I arrive at the hangar it is dark. Today I need to take off as soon as the sun rises. I have a long day ahead of me. I am flying to Kalungu! says Andy Kradolfer, Operations Manager for Flying Mission Zambia.A couple of weeks ago Flying Mission Zambia was asked to re-open an airstrip all the way up in the north of the country. This place is in the bush, 500 miles as the crow flies (or 620 miles on the road) from the capital city, in rural Zambia.

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.

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

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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