AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization)
In order to provide this safe means of transport, highly qualified pilots and mechanics maintaining high standards are needed. A good maintenance facility and equipment are required to maintain a safe operation. A hangar provides an excellent environment to maintain the aircraft and shelter it from the elements. It protects the plane from vandalism, theft, and grass fires, which occur during the dry season each year. Workshops, parts rooms, offices for the director, operations manager, pilots, and engineers, etc… are all an integral part of the hangar as a maintenance facility. We look to the Lord to provide all needed personnel.
The DCA requires most maintenance on aircraft to be done at an Aircraft Maintenance Organization. In the past, all our maintenance was done at some other AMO for our regular 50 hour, 100 hour, and annual inspections, repairs, engine overhaul, etc… If the plane were grounded, it would not be able to fly to the nearest AMO. A certified mechanic would have to get special dispensation from the DCA in order to come (quite a distance) to repair our plane. This was very expensive and time consuming. When we flew our plane to another maintenance facility, it was also very costly. In 2002 we became fully approved and certified to carry out major work on the airplane.
Since the commencement of the Flight Service, we have flown over 9000 hours. In the last 5 years we have averaged 42 hours per month.
Mission Flight Services continues to be a vital link and service to the medical work, especially in the remote North Western Province of Zambia. Frequently the Flight Service assists the hospital by transferring patients to Lusaka and/or Chitokoloki Hospital for medical emergencies and specialized treatment. Each flight comes at no cost to the Zambians.
We are thankful for the completed installation of a 13,500 litre underground fuel tank and pumping system.