Flying for Life                      

Mission Aviation Fellowship is an international Christian organisation whose mission is to fly light aircraft, and to use other technologies to bring help and hope to people in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Every four minutes a MAF plane is taking off or landing somewhere in the world to assist missions, churches, aid and development agencies, and other local groups to transform lives and share the love of God

 
    With gratitude we remember Larry Heintz  

It is with great sadness we share that our MAF colleague and friend Larry Heintz passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th March.

Larry served with MAF for over 28 years, contributing significantly in the development of safety culture within the organisation and beyond. In 2015 Larry was recognised by the United Nations World Food Programme with the Humanitarian Aviation Recognition award for his exceptional contribution to the international humanitarian community.
Larry Award

The legacy Larry leaves in MAF is considerable. His focus and tenacity in raising the profile of safety is evidenced by the change in safety culture he inspired; we have less serious incidents and accidents than at any other time in our history. Larry also conducted safety training for many like-minded missions who benefited from his wealth of experience and skilful training. His determination and passion in this field were tempered with a humour and friendliness that would win trust and respect wherever he went.

Born in Canada, in faith Larry moved to LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas to study a combined degree in aviation technology and bible studies. His faith was met with provision. A deal was struck by the university to provide the ambulance service for the city of Longview and staffed by their students. Larry leapt at the chance and trained as a Medical Emergency Technician.
Larry Ambulance Driver

During his time at LeTourneau, Larry was a passenger on a plane involved in a mid-air crash whilst trying to land. A very ‘close call’, as one plane landed on top of the other, the accident heightened Larry’s awareness that God is in control of our time. It also led him to consider learning to fly. Eventually, he earned enough money to not only complete his course, but then learn how to fly fixed wing aircraft, and fly and fix helicopters.

After doing some commercial flying and flight training in the USA, Larry eventually returned to Canada. In 1986, he joined Helimission, a Christian organization using helicopters to provide social, medical and spiritual help to people in remote and inaccessible areas. Larry moved to Ethiopia and enjoyed flying into remote areas with aid and for evangelism, where people had never heard the gospel before. While in Ethiopia Larry met Jane, an English nurse and midwife with SIM.
Larry and Jane

Larry and Jane married in 1988 in England. They both wanted to return to the mission field. Having been accepted by MAF they went on to serve in Chad and then Ethiopia, by now as a growing family. Their daughters Val, Laura and son Jon were born during the course of the years.

Since his time at university Larry contended with intermittent health problems. It was in 1994 that further investigation happened to diagnose a large tumour on his pancreas. Returning to England, Larry underwent successful surgery. Larry and Jane marvelled at how the Lord had looked after them – without a ‘chance’ encounter with a specialist nurse in Nairobi, the tumour would have remained undetected and become more dangerous.

In 1995 Larry accepted a position with MAF’s flight safety department in the UK. During this time Larry noticed that the mortality rate for some MAF medical evacuations were higher than expected. He refreshed his emergency medical skills with the local ambulance service, who also trained him in use of a Kendrick Extrication Device (KED) to keep the spine stable for trauma casualties. He then organised KEDs for MAF programmes and began teaching pilots basic first aid and how to transport casualties safely.
Larry Training Pilots

Whenever Larry provided safety training for MAF overseas staff he would invite other interested organizations to join. Larry saw it as an honour to assist other organizations in this way, which even included Civil Aviation Authority staff in Bangladesh. In 2015 he spoke at the World Health Organization’s ‘Global Humanitarian Aviation Exhibition and Conference’ on flight safety.

Over the years, Larry extensively researched the International Civil Aviation Authority Standards and recommendations for monitoring safety trends and indicators. He investigated tools to collect and analyse an array of safety data to identify existing and emerging risks. By 2015, due to the combined efforts of MAF staff inspired by Larry’s leadership, the MAF Africa programmes had gone for 8 years with no accidents.

Within the UK Larry was a help, inspiration and encouragement in recruiting and preparing new staff for life overseas, participating in enquirers’ days and other events. He was instrumental in the setup of the engineering training programme, and later the engineering training partnership between MAF UK and MMS in the USA.

None of Larry and Jane’s service with MAF would have been possible without the commitment of those who have partnered with them along the way. Sharing the same vision and compassion for people living in isolation and poverty, they felt a deep gratitude for those in their home team who faithfully prayed and gave financially over the years. It made things possible. At times prayer changed the course of events, and even facilitated miracles.

At the end of September 2015, Larry was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour. In March 2016 Larry was given around six months to live, as the tumour had extensively spread. Miraculously, following lots of prayer from friends, family and colleagues, the tumour responded to palliative chemotherapy, with only a very small area of tumour remaining. Larry’s consultant was overjoyed - never in his career had he seen someone recover so dramatically! God had graciously granted Larry an extension. He continued working a few hours a day for MAF until December 2017.

A man of faith, Larry gave his life in service to God and other people. He leaves an indelible mark upon MAF culture, and will be greatly missed. We give thanks for all that he contributed, and for the pleasure of knowing and working alongside him.

Please pray for Larry’s wife Jane and children Val, Laura and Jon, as they grieve the loss of a wonderful husband and father.
Larry and Jane

Larry’s funeral will be held at St John the Baptist Church, St Johns Church Rd, Folkestone CT19 5BQ at 2.00 pm on Wednesday April 4th. All who knew Larry are invited, and are also welcome to attend a reception for tea and sandwiches afterwards at the Grand Hotel, The Leas, Folkestone CT20 2XL

Please do not send flowers. If you wish, a donation can be made in Larry's name to Brain Tumour Research at https://larry-heintz.muchloved.com

 
                                                                     

 

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MAF International Financial Statements 2016


Our annual financial statements and report from our trustees highlight the transformational work MAF International has been involved in during 2016. Our dedicated aviation services enabled over 1,500 partner organisations to reach nearly 700 remote communities across the globe, bringing hope, help and healing.
 
Read more here:  Financial Statements year ended 31 December 2016
Annual Report 2016
Strategic Plan 2015-2019
 

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Arnhem Land
PO Box 821
Nhulunbuy
NT 0881
Australia

Tel. +61 8 8987 2944

Website: www.maf-arnhemland.org
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Timor-Leste
PO Box 400
DILI
Timor-Leste
Via DARWIN

Tel. +670 732 7771

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Road 4
House 299
DOHS Baridhara
DHAKA 1206
BANGLADESH

Tel. +880 2841 0164

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Nairobi
Box 21123
Nairobi
00505
Kenya

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Juba
P.O. Box 41
Juba
South Sudan

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BP 1182
Ndjaména
Chad

Tel. +235 2251 5322

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BP132
Ivato Aeroport
CP105
Antananarivo
Madagascar

Tel. +261 24 524 57

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Coldstream
Mission Aviation Fellowship Flight Training Centre
PO Box 69
Coldstream VIC 3770
Australia

Tel. +61 3 9739 0612

Website: www.acma.vic.edu.au
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CRMF
Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship
PO Box 1307
Goroka
EHP 441
Papua New Guinea

Office +675 532 2670

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Mongolia
P.O. Box 932
Ulaanbaatar 13
Mongolia

Tel. +976 11 312085

Website: www.blueskyaviation.mn
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PO Box 273
Mt. Hagen
WHP 281
Papua New Guinea

Tel. +675 545 1477

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P.O.Box 13048
Arusha
Tanzania

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Box 1
Kampala
Uganda

Tel. +256 41 4267462

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PO Box 763
1000 Monrovia-10
Liberia

Tel. (Mobiles) +231 770 479 689 or +231 888 223 293

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Myanmar
No. 656, Room - A, Level - 4, Sabeiyone Street
Quarter 8
Yankin Township
11081
Yangon
Myanmar

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MAF International
Henwood
Ashford, Kent
TN24 8DH
United Kingdom

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MAF International
PO Box 1099
Cairns
Queensland 4870
Australia

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MAF International
PO Box 2296
Mareeba
Queensland 4880
Australia

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MAF Australia
Unit 203, 14 - 16 Lexington Drive
Norwest Business Park
Bella Vista
Sydney
NSW
2153
Australia

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Landskontoret
Nordjyllands MedieCenter
Søparken 2
DK-9440 Aabybro
Denmark

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Malmi Airport
Helsinki
FI-00700
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19 Rue Petersen
66000 Perpignan
France

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Stumme-Loch-Weg 7
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Via Giliola 117/A
46020 Magnacavallo
Mantova
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MAF Netherlands
Postbus 7
7390 AA Twello
The Netherlands

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PO Box 76502
Manukau City
Auckland 2241
New Zealand

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Postboks 90, Sentrum
0101 Oslo
Norway

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PO Box 1288
Lanseria
Johannesburg
1748
South Africa

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Box 1166
581 11 Linköping
Sweden

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Bahnhofstrasse 4 
CH-5000 Aarau 
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Castle House
Castle Hill Avenue
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 2TN
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PO Box 368
264 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph
Ontario
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PO Box 47
Nampa,
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