The Importance of our aircraft
AIM has been blessed with multiple airplanes over the years. The heart of our aviation is primarily as a support role to medicine. As with any hospital, sometimes AIM's medical facilities and staff are not equipped to handle certain complicated cases. However, AIM has the added difficulty of working in a remote location, far from any medical facilities with the necessary equipment and staff. In emergency situations, AIM can fly patients to Guatemala City where they can receive the necessary care.
AIM also uses the airplanes for the transportation of people and supplies. Driving to Guatemala City can take anywhere from 5 to 7 hours, and, during the heaviest parts of the rainy season, the roads can become impassable. The same trip only takes about 25 minutes in a plane. Having the airplanes enables AIM to continue to function year-round while remaining better able to serve the people of the region.
With the demands of our location and the role of airplanes in the ministry, certain airplanes are more suited for AIM than others. Recently AIM purchased a Pilatus PC-6 Porter. This plane will more readily fit our needs and the needs of the people that we serve. It includes room for 2 stretchers, the ability to land with poor runway conditions, and a greater weight and room capacity. It will allow us to do emergency flights while maintaining the safety of the pilot and passengers.
However, AIM purchased the Pilatus PC-6 Porter with the knowledge that the engine would need to be repaired. Upon further inspection. it has been determined that the engine will require a full overhaul. This has an estimated total cost of $297,000. The plane also needs to have the propeller overhauled which is estimated to be between $25,000 to $35,000. Please join us in praying for the Lord's provision so we can get this plane off the ground and serving the people of Guatemala!