Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a not-for-profit team of aviation professionals providing air transport in places of deepest human need – remote places where flying is not a luxury, but a lifeline. For over 60 years, MAF has flown over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts to bring thousands of men, women and children medical care, emergency relief, long-term development and Christian hope.
Dean Giles, Operations Manager of MAF International’s ‘Arnhem Land’ programme in North Australia says “We have been using v2track to track our aircraft for a number of years now and have always been thoroughly impressed by their performance. The reliability of the device hardware and communications links has been outstanding and the service provided by the v2track team has been second to none.”
The environments MAF operates in can be tough. The harsh weather conditions in a monsoonal wet season mean pilots frequently have to divert their aircraft many miles off track to get to their destination. Communication can also be difficult. HF radio isn’t always reliable and a pilots’ daily programme can change throughout the day. Flying over dense bush and jungle makes it imperative that MAF knows where their aircraft are at all times and operations staff can communicate changes with the pilots in a timely manner.
“We have tried and tested a number of other tracking systems on the market and none have come close to the level of reliability and affordability of v2track. The affordability of v2track’s data communications means that we can have the aircraft reporting at a much higher frequency than with other providers, meaning that we have a higher level of safety afforded to us by using v2track” says Giles.
Dean and other MAF staff have had immense input into the development of the v2track system over many years and continue to do so as v2track is installed into MAF aircraft in other countries of operation.