Aviation (ZM)

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Aviation in Zambia

Fleet change options

The Flying Mission Zambia fleet of aircraft dates from the late 1970's to early 1980's. We feel the aging of our planes in the increased maintenance needed on them. In the last couple of years, we have been looking for solutions to replace this fleet. Andy Kradolpher, Operations Manager, was in Austria in February of this year to test fly a new design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-tasking for the greater good

 

Recently, Andy Kradolpher’s helicopter maintenance experience came in handy when, on a normal Flying Mission Zambia passenger flight, the pilot/mechanic was able to help fix a former FMZ Board member’s helicopter.

Help at hand

The setting is Solwezi, a city in the north-west of Zambia, at 10am on an ordinary weekday. Solwezi is the capital of North-Western Province. The town has approximately 65,000 inhabitants. Most of the people living there are somehow connected to the copper mines. A mine worker is checking the fire extinguisher. What he doesn`t know is that the overpressure gauge is out of order and, sure enough, the whole things explodes, injuring his hand. This hand he needs in order to work, to get paid and to sustain his family. First aid is done by the local paramedics.

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.

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