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23 November 1998 to 1 December 1998
We have all been effected by the news about the Hurricane Mitch victims
in Nicaragua and Honduras. Many have died from the actual flood and
lack of food and medicine. There is story after story in the press of
these people in distress.
Since many of our friends, business associates and community members,
felt a strong need to do something to help, this is a record of what
some of the donations have done and a diary of the help given to needy
communities in these two countries.
There is a tremendous amount of food and clothing going into this area.
Some of you have helped with medical supplies. The problem is getting
the materials and help into the isolated areas. In Nicaragua, there
is a lack of fuel in any other place than the major city of Managua,
the same is true in Honduras, (Tegucigalpa). So, helicopters must tanker
fuel and reduce their payloads, because of this. Many of the damaged
areas cannot be reached, by any other means but foot.
The idea of utilizing a float plane to survey the eastern, Caribbean
sections (most distant), were discussed with some of the staff of the
Nicaraguan government. Also discussed, was the additional use of flying
in medical help; and flying victims, especially children, out of isolated
areas. It was decided to leave as soon as possible and ferry the Avalon
Maule 450 the aircraft, to be used in this effort.
We have put together some small maps showing the route of the Avalon
450 on this 3000 mile trip, originating in Canada , at Interior Pacific
Flight Systems, Vernon B.C. Canada.
The Avalon 450 was prepared for the trip (annual and maintenance prep.),
by the capable staff who work for and with John and Debbie Mitchell.
(Owners of Interior Pacific Flight Systems and builders of the Avalon
450.) The preparations for the trip were very successful, due to the
aircraft arriving on schedule in Managua, Nicaragua, December 1998.
2 December 1998
As of today the Avalon 450 has been attached to an organization called
"Doctors Without Borders" based out of Geneva, Switzerland.
A representative, Mr. Massimo is helping us get situated and understand
the specifics. We will report what develops as time progresses, with
some digital photos if possible.