|By Carmelo Turdo
"The region that we are interested in serving is the entire Atlantic coastline, called the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua," Hansen told The Aero Experience. "We will be based in a little town called Pearl Lagoon. There are very few roads, so the only way to reach these communities right now is on the water." He explained that an aircraft on floats is a necessity, and that flying turns a five or more hour boat ride into a 45-minute flight. Lives will be saved, and communities sustained, through the humanitarian service of Miracle Air.
Miracle Air has acquired the aircraft they believe will be ideal for the mission: a 2005 Found Aviation Bush Hawk XP. Purposely designed as a bush plane by Found Aircraft Canada, the Bush Hawk provides excellent utility service in remote locations. The Bush Hawk seats five passengers, or with the rear seats removed, provides room for a stretcher or a large cargo capacity. There are no external wing struts, and oversized cargo doors allow easy loading on a flat cabin floor. The Bush Hawk can operate on the amphibious floats (water and land operations) and can be converted back to conventional landing gear if desired. This particular aircraft is equipped with a Lycoming O-540 300hp engine and has only about 650 hours on the airframe.
Below are photos of the Bush Hawk from Monday's visit, and a video interview with Norman Hansen: