Thursday, January 21, 2010…There is a boy whose name is Moise. He lives in Nampa, Idaho, now, but his brothers and grandmother are back in the place he'll always know as home…they're in Haiti.
In the wake of the greatest natural disaster that country has known, Moise collected two boxes of aid including medical supplies, infant formula, food and clothing. It was our great satisfaction to learn today that this cargo would be delivered to his home in the back of a Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) KODIAK.
This is the KODIAK's kind of war. It doesn't involve bullets or great armies of destruction. It is exactly the opposite. It's a war on suffering and a fight for the needy. Its enemies are cost distance and time. MAF fights this war all over the world, charged by design with meeting that mission and delivering peace through comfort and care. It's a lofty goal that ultimately isn't measured by the good will that sustains it. Boiled down, it's often measured by other variables…specifically, in cargo delivered and jet fuel. That's where we come in.
MAF sent out a press release, today, about Moise Salois, their KODIAK's mission to Haiti, and MAF's missions all over the world. It's a moving story of MAF's unwavering commitment of service…which is why one line at the end struck us so strongly.
"Over the next few years, MAF will place 18 KODIAKS into service, replacing many of its Cessna 206s. Because this revolutionary aircraft can carry nearly twice the cargo of the Cessna 206, which makes up most of MAF’s fleet, the amount of medicine, food and disaster relief supplies MAF delivers at half the cost per cargo pound."
At its base, aircraft manufacturing is a cold business of folding sheet metal, bucking rivets and expediting delivery. But it's never been just that for us. At Quest there is a brotherhood that leaves our hangar on the wings of each KODIAK. It's not about who we help. It's ultimately about who they help through us...and us through them.
MAF KODIAK N103MF took off January 20, for the 18-hour flight across 3,000 miles to Haiti. We do not know when we will hear from them next. Honestly, they have more important things to do. And we have more planes to build to help them do it.