If you have to land on a rough runway, this is the aircraft you want to be sitting in.
With a spacious cabin and greater cargo pod capacity, and all the STOL (short take-off and landing) capabilities needed for short bush airstrips, the Airvan is ideal for the rugged terrain where we operate. It can take off to clear a height of over 15m in only 500m, with a landing distance of 370m.
'The GA8 Airvan has been a blessing for MAF PNG. It has been a useful aircraft with the large rear door and flat floor making loading easier. The Airvan enables us to provide a service and share God's love to many remote and isolated communities in Christ's name.'
Richie Axon, MAF pilot
Our pilots often have to stop at several airstrips throughout the day. With more space available for cargo, the load can be separated for different airstrips, allowing fast and efficient turnaround on the ground. The roomier cabin in the Airvan also makes the journey more comfortable for passengers.
For pilots, the Airvan is ideal for flying in all terrains. MAF Pilot Paul Woodington says, 'Passengers enjoy the seating layout with a centre aisle which makes it easy to get in and out of the aircraft. The pod is roomy and allows easy loading and unloading of cargo, as does the cargo space at the back of the cabin. The controls are nice and light and it makes flying easy and a pleasure. Although not highly powered it manages a good load out of many remote airstrips.'