Built in 1985 and bearing serial number 018, our Cessna Caravan dubbed “Wings of Hope” has faithfully served in Africa for over 35 years, including Angola since 1989. During that time, our aircraft has helped to multiply the effectiveness of a number of non-government partner organizations in Angola, including UNICEF, World Food Program, Red Cross, HALO Trust, and World Vision.
More recently, most of the 300-400 flight hours made each year are dedicated to medical support and community development projects operated in support of local medical partners, as well as National Geographic and HALO Trust which conducted surveys and de-mining operations in remote Southeast Angola.
As of February 1, 2021, our aircraft had accumulated 18,100 hours and 16,750 flights. The engine will be due for overhaul in roughly 500 hours. Though this 36-year old aircraft has served us well, as stewards of donated funds, we believe we can no longer justify the ever increasing costs of maintaining such a high time aircraft, including the cost of another imminent engine overhaul cycle.
The intent of this campaign is to replace the Caravan with a newer and updated version of the same aircraft type, which has proven itself to be very suitable for our operational needs in Angola.
Your gift towards this campaign will help keep us flying for life in Angola.
Thank you for considering this need at this time.