ASF France has been operating a small fleet of light aircraft for humanitarian missions for 30 years, particularly in Africa. Indeed, the help of ASF and their aircraft is often required in central African countries, as it can be very difficult to reach these regions. In 2010, ASF launched the project “A plane to save lives” to fund the purchase of an additional Cessna Caravan 208B through “selling” 40,000 numbered parts, at a price of 50 Euros each. At the end of the project in November 2011, the association had collected 750.000 Euros. Thanks to the donations, ASF will be able to buy a third Caravan to support humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
LZG (Netherlands) is also in the process of raising funds to purchase its own light aircraft and to recruit pilots for their fleet.
ASF’s volunteers escort sick children by air to hospitals in Europe for treatment or surgery that they would otherwise not be able to receive in their home country. After recovering, the children are accompanied again on their flight home.
In 2010, Christevie - a six-year-old girl from the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) - was the 15.000th child to be escorted by an ASF France volunteer since the operation started in 1982.
Air Cargo Shipments
ASF acts on the requests of NGOs to provide logistical help for medical and other humanitarian supplies in many places the world over.
Thanks to the cooperation of airlines, shipments of medicines, medical and surgical equipment as well as food can be transported quickly and with preferential rates into otherwise inaccessible destinations. This is particularly beneficial in disaster areas.
Smiling Wings Days
In cooperation with many charities, organisations and flying clubs, ASF organises aviation discovery fun days in Europe for disadvantaged children.
Invited in small groups, the children get the possibility to learn more about navigation and meteorology, and of course to enjoy a short flight.