Aviation Fleet Renewal

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JAARS provides mission-critical aviation training for pilots, mechanics, and administrators who serve with mission aviation organizations around the world. Their service makes it possible for those who develop writing systems and translate Scripture into the heart languages of millions of people to work in some of the most remote places on earth.

Cessna 206 on a training flight
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What's Going On

In the remote areas where Bible translation takes place, airstrips are not long, flat, and paved. There are no runway lights. No control towers. No fences to keep animals away.
 
Our aviation training takes experienced pilots and prepares them to fly in the most remote and difficult places on earth. The training fleet comprises the types of aircraft that can best support that mission-critical training, specially designed STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft. They can fly at extremely slow speeds and take off and land in extremely short spaces—exactly what a pilot needs to land on jungle, mountain, and island airstrips with volatile ground and weather conditions. 
 
The Pilatus PC-6 Porter, our one turbine-powered aircraft, is uniquely critical to our training since our mission aviation partners are increasingly migrating to turbine aircraft. These aircraft are substantially more expensive than piston-powered aircraft, but they use jet fuel which is cheaper and easier to source in countries overseas where aviation gas (AVGAS) is both prohibitively expensive and oftentimes unavailable.
 
Over the past two years, there have been zero accidents among pilots and mission aviation organizations JAARS has trained and supports.
 
In order for this to continue, our training must replicate as closely as possible the aircraft and cockpit equipment pilots will fly overseas … and since that continues to evolve, JAARS must make significant fleet upgrades now. We must also comply with FAA regulations for specific new avionics equipment due to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
 
Finally, while our existing fleet is well maintained, the aircraft need inspection, refurbishment, and painting.
 
 

What Can Be Done

Refurbishing our fleet over a two-year period—with aircraft going in and out of service—will allow us to overhaul each aircraft while continuing to have equipment available to train pilots and mechanics for ongoing safe and effective ministry around the world. 
 
Your gifts to Aviation Fleet Renewal will help us:
 
  • Adapt our current fixed-wing fleet to new technology being adopted by our global mission partners
  • Bring aircraft into compliance with the FAA’s regulations for specific new avionics equipment, effective in January 2020 
  • Continue to provide distinctive, mission-focused training and support for global aviation programs well into the future
 

Who This Will Help

In Papua New Guinea’s Morobe province, 7000 speakers of the Yopno language live in the rugged Finisterre Mountains surrounded by 12,000´ peaks. There are no roads into this area, so the Yopno people built the airstrip by hand, primarily to bring the Word of God into their community. Traveling from Ukarumpa to road’s end, then by boat, and finally hiking into this community requires a minimum of three days. By air, the same trip is only 25 minutes!

At this point, nearly 700 million people worldwide still have little-to-no Scripture in a language they can fully understand—their mother tongue, or heart language. And many of them live in remote, difficult regions like the Morobe province where transportation presents significant barriers.

Maintaining updated aviation equipment and training for the pilots who serve these communities makes it possible for language development and Bible translation to continue and accelerate, even in the most rugged conditions around the world. 

“What JAARS does from day to day keeps us going. And what we do from day to day, in the end, helps every tribe, tongue, and nation to hear the word of life.”
                                                                                                      —Jeremiah Diedrich, Chief Pilot, SIL Brazil