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About Adventist World Aviation

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Adventist World Aviation is a humanitarian aid organization; a supporting ministry of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Founded in 1995 by the General Conference president and administration to meet the demands of isolated frontier missionaries in desperate need of air support.

AWA has operations in the United States (including Alaska), Canada, Philippines, Nicaragua, Brazil and Guyana. AWA operates a fleet of over 20 aircraft. Our mission flights support isolated communities in a variety of ways: medical evacuations; medical outreach, such as vaccinations and general clinics; dental outreach; lifestyle and health programs; and Christian ministries, such as church planting and Bible studies.

In addition to our mission projects, AWA operates a flight program at Thunderbird SDA Academy located in Arizona.

All of AWA missionary and operational support is provided by donations. Our donors receive monthly newsletters and appeal letters, and the quarterly issue of AirWays. We have an office in Canada with corporate headquarters located in the U.S. in North Carolina.

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Adventist World Aviation provides aviation and communication support to those serving the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the unreached and forgotten peoples of the earth.


Become the leading partner in providing global aviation support to those serving at-risk people regardless of ethnicity, political or religious association.

History of Adventist World Aviation

Adventist World Aviation (AWA), a laymen’s logistical support organization, was established during a series of meetings held at Andrews University the weekend of March 24, 1995. GC officials Robert Folkenberg, Leo Ranzolin, and Larry Colburn met with approximately 50 aviation and business professionals to examine aviation’s role in fulfilling the commission to take the gospel to ”…every nation, tribe, language, and people” (Rev. 14:6). Laymen Len Cornwell of Vancouver, Washington, and Don Starlin  conference. “The goal was to bring interested professionals together and ask the Lord to use us,” said Starlin.

Adventist World Aviation

3457 Swift Creek Road (Corp-3)
Smithfield, NC 27577

KJNX - Johnston Regional Airport

Phone: 414-226-5195
Toll Free: 1-888-477-8945

Email: info@flyawa.org
Web: http://www.flyawa.org

Mission Statement

In light of the Gospel Commission, AWA exists to provide logistical air support in remote parts of the world, to carry out humanitarian work.

Vision Statement

Become the leading partner in providing global aviation support to those serving at-risk people regardless of ethnicity, political or religious association.

The Great Commision

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mathew 28:18-20


Adventist World Aviation accepts the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We hold to the value of “Sola Scriptura” (The Bible and the Bible alone) —the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.

To view statement of faith click here.


“Adventist World Aviation is an independent ministry that supports the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church; however, it is not part of, affiliated with, or supported by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists®, or any affiliates known as the Seventh-day Adventist® Church. Thus, any content or opinions expressed, implied or included in or with the statements, products or services offered by Adventist World Aviation, are solely those of Adventist World Aviation, and not those of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church.”

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