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Goodbye Twin Otter!
This morning, MAF Mt Hagen team gathered around the Twin Otter P2-MFU to farewell not only this plane but to close an era of MAF PNG flying Twin Otters.
MAF says these aircraft have been a part of MAF PNG for around 40 years and now mark the change to a fleet consisting entirely of Cessna Caravan aircraft.
“Change is always hard and as an organisation and as individuals, we have to always be sure to take the time to pray through decisions and believe that the Lord is guiding us as we listen for his still quiet voice.”
“We believe that the changes to the program will benefit the people of PNG and will enable us to more effectively achieve our vision which is to see isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name,”MAF said today.
“So, pray with us all as we commit our way to the Lord.”
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act”. – Psalm 37:5 ESV
P2-MFU is currently on its way to Mareeba, the MAF Asia Pacific Maintenance Facility where it will undergo some maintenance and hopefully soon will find another owner, ferried by Twin Otter Captain Richie Axon and MAF Internationals Training Manager Volkher Jacobson.
Richie Axon, together with Ryan Cole as First Officer operationally flew this aircraft until Saturday serving the people of the Min area.
There it was farewelled by the Telefomin community and Min representatives as their plane, also remembering those who lost their lives in service.
For now, MAF PNG has based one Cessna Caravan at Telefomin, in the long term, there will be 2 Caravans to make up for the lost Twin Otter service.