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Frequently Asked Questions

What is AWA? 2016-12-19T05:30:14+00:00

Adventist World Aviation is a mission aviation organization with operations in North America, Central America, South America, and Asia.

AWA Logo

We have our mission pilots scattered throughout these locations providing medical evacuations to people who need urgent medical care. Our Pilots also transport much needed supplies, build churches, and give Bible studies to the local indigenous people.

In the United States we have 2 training academies where we introduce high school aged studies to the joy of aviation. We have instructors in place to teach students and train them to get their private pilots license.
We also provide Angel Flights (non-emergency medical flights) from our US corporate headquarters. Angel Flights are non-emergency medical flights, provided to people too weak to get to treatments at far-away hospitals, such as cancer patients, or scheduled surgeries.

Is AWA part of the General Conference? 2016-12-08T22:27:28+00:00

AWA was established by the GC in 1993 by the president (Elder Robert Folkenberg)  and its officers. AWA was set up to be a supporting institution to the GC and all its entities. However, because of insurance requirements, it was necessary to establish a separate Independent-supporting Institution to indemnify (hold harmless) our church and its entities. Therefore, a separate board of directors was elected, and the presidency of AWA was established similar to any conference with an independent governance with adherence to GC policies.

Is AWA sponsored by the General Conference? 2016-12-08T22:27:39+00:00

We do not receive budgetary funding from the GC. However, if donations are sent to the GC we can still receive them, but it is best if the donations are sent directly to AWA. Because AWA is a separate 501-C3 (charitable organizations) we can issue tax-deductible receipts.

How is AWA financially supported? 2016-12-08T22:32:09+00:00

AWA is funded by individual donations which are given by individuals, churches, and organizations.This helps AWA with plane operations, project and building funds, and daily operations. Those who do donate see the need of AWA’s mission to heal the sick which can result in teaching the message of Jesus.

Visit our DONATE page.

How are AWA’s staff and missionaries financially supported? 2016-12-08T22:29:12+00:00

Staff and missionaries for AWA are financially supported through the generous donations of individuals, churches, and organizations. These donations go on to help support those families who have given their life’s work to heal people of all nations.

Visit our DONATE page.

Why do you use aircraft for your work? 2016-12-08T22:24:54+00:00

Elder Robert Folkenberg saw that there was a need to spread the message of Matthew 28:18-20. He saw a decline in the missionary work which is to reach all nations. By using aircraft we can reach the interiors of these nations that would be otherwise inaccessible. By using aviation we are also bringing individuals medical attention that is greatly needed. Usually, we offer medical help first, and then the message is spread to those who are eager to understand God’s grace and our called mission.

How can I get involved? 2016-12-19T05:27:08+00:00

There are several ways to be involved with AWA. Ways you can get involved are by volunteering your time. This can mean volunteering at the offices, helping at an event, volunteering as an A&P or Pilot, or even as a short term missionary. It would not be possible for us to continue our work without the help of individuals who want to give their time and talents to the work of the Lord.

Visit our SERVE page to learn ‘How You can Make a Difference.’

Where are you located? 2016-12-08T22:25:09+00:00

We have mission aviation bases operations in remote parts of Guyana, Nicaragua, Brazil, Alaska, and the Philippines.
Our US Corporate Headquarters is located in North Carolina at JNX, and our Canadian Headquarters in Kelowna BC.

Here’s our contact information:

3457 Swift Creek Road
Smithfield, NC 27577
United States

(KJNX – Johnston Regional Airport)

Office Location
#5- 817 Finns Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 5B8

1281 Hwy 33 E
Kelowna BC V1P 1M1

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

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

AWA Canada
Phone: 250-575-6564 or 414 226-5195

How many missionaries does AWA have? 2016-12-08T22:25:17+00:00

We currently have 15 missionary families with dozens of local volunteers in each country to assist them in their work.

How many Aircraft does AWA have? 2016-12-08T22:25:25+00:00

We have a total of 20 aircraft.

How many medevac flights does AWA make annually? 2016-12-08T22:25:31+00:00

Approximately four hundred (400) flights each year.

What kind of Aircraft do you use? 2016-12-19T05:28:32+00:00

Small, single engine planes such as Cessna 172s, Cessna 182s, Cessna 206s, Cessna 150s (for training) and a Piper Comanche for Angel flights in the US.

Visit AIRCRAFT page for more information.

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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