Residents' chance to view Airvan

The Coffs Harbour airport strip.
The Coffs Harbour airport strip.

CURIOUS folk and aviation enthusiasts should head to the Coffs Coast Aviation Centre and check out the aircraft coming to town this evening.

Coffs Harbour airport will host the new aircraft enroute from Victoria to Papua New Guinea overnight.

The eight-seater GA8 Airvan is Australian designed and made in Gippsland by Gippsaero.

It will be used to serve rural and remote communities in PNG by the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), which celebrates 60 years of flying in PNG this year and is the country’s longest serving aviation organisation.

Manager of the Coffs Coast Aviation Centre, Mike Jelliffe, said MAF is an interdenominational Christian mission which specialises in aviation.

“In many of the nearly 35 countries where it operates, several generations of people have grown up with the familiar sound of the aircraft as it circles to land on their bush airstrip,” Mr Jelliffe said.

“In PNG, MAF provides the bulk of air services to isolated communities, using Cessna and Twin Otter aircraft.

“The GA8 Airvan, with a larger cabin and better payload capacity, is replacing the aging Cessna 206.”

The visit is being hosted at the Coffs Coast Aviation Centre hangar at 12 Dakota Drive, Coffs Airport.

Interested visitors can inspect the aircraft on Thursday afternoon and there will be an open information session on the work on MAF at 7pm.

Please call 6699 2523 or email to advise if planning to attend.

Topics:  coffs harbour airport

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