...But Cost Can Be A Factor
While the cost may not seem like a big obstacle for many corporate operators, for others it can be a hardship. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), which operates a fleet of 70 aircraft worldwide in support of missionaries and relief efforts, said last week it needs to raise $230,000 by the end of this month to make eight of its Cessna Caravans and King Airs compliant. Without the funding, the airplanes will have to be grounded in March. The aircraft are U.S.-registered but operate in Indonesia and Africa. The MAF says it has lost two airplanes in accidents due to flight into terrain, one in the 1950s and one in the 1970s, and hopes to eventually have TAWS in all of its aircraft.