Circling the remote mountain airstrip I see both windsocks standing straight out, indicating lots of wind. My onboard GPS is talking to me and I don’t like what it says. Around 20 knots crosswind, I calculate. My heart is thumping and my palms are sweating. My hopes for landing are not high.
The day’s scheduled flights […]
Photo by Dave Forney.
In Tarakan recently, our pilots got a call for a double medevac. Pilot Dave Forney made the flight to Long Nawang and discovered that most of the village was waiting for him upon his arrival, a sure sign that the condition of the passengers would be pretty serious.
This area had […]
Medevac flight in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Sean Cannon.
In Kalimantan, Indonesia, MAF pilot Paul College had an unplanned stop in Binawang, on a day when he was running late. Daylight was fading as he cleared the last mountain range and landed at this village deep in the jungle.
The MAF airstrip helper in Binawang […]
We hadn’t flown in almost a week. The entire country of Lesotho was hit with a powerful snow storm that left most of our airstrips covered in deep snow, making landing (with wheels anyway!) impossible. Except for Manamaneng. Pamela, one of the nurses there, wanted to get out of the mountains and home to […]
I wear a special badge most days – it’s the Missionary Badge of Honor. I like my life as a missionary in Southeast Asia. I relish in the fact that I live in such a crazy and foreign place that looks like something out of National Geographic. I think it’s pretty miraculous that I can […]
I can see the look of wonder in Nteboheleng’s eyes. She is gazing over her country, a view she has never before seen in her 16 years. From our vantage point of 11,500 feet, I point out different places she might know. Each one brings a smile and sometimes a giggle in excitement. She has […]