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 has made steps towards purchasing an airplane that would more readily fit our needs, needs that include room for stretchers, the ability to land with poor runway conditions, and a greater weight and room capacity. AIM is in the process of purchasing a Pilatus PC-6 Porter (pictured above) that better fits these requirements and will equip us to carry out our assignment in Guatemala as the assignment grows and develops.