Aircraft, pilots move to better assist

Loading rice on an NTM Aviation plane. (Photo courtesy of John Woodbury, MAF)

NTM Aviation’s four pilots and three aircraft in the Philippines have moved to better assist with relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

In coordination with relief agencies, all have relocated so they can serve a remote group of islands off Palawan that has received little aid since the typhoon hit.

“The task is huge and we are starting to see how we can be of service,” wrote missionary pilot Joel Davis. “The last few days have been filled with survey flights to take pictures and report back concerning the hardest hit areas. It was really sobering ....”

From their new location, the two NTM airplanes and one helicopter can more easily distribute relief supplies to these hard-hit islands.

“We also have used the helicopter to help move relief workers around on those islands and take key people in the relief effort to determine new staging areas,” wrote Joel, who also praised the teamwork involved in the relief efforts. “We are so grateful for the interagency cooperation that we are experiencing.”

Working with Joel are NTM missionary pilots Josh Dalton, Brian Pruett and Zach Keller.