Humanitarian Service Aircraft

Humanitarian Service Aircraft


Matt Satcher (Team Lead)

Zenghui Liu

Frank Meyer

Keegan Smith

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Background and Introduction

People have been performing humanitarian missions for decades, recognizing that their privilege in life gives them the distinct opportunity to help others who live in far worse conditions. However, some communities in the world who could use help are more difficult to reach due to the conditions of the landscape around them. Whether it be unpaved roads or dense vegetation, many obstacles make certain communities harder to reach. Fortunately, humanitarian organizations such as Air Serv International and Mercy Air have stepped in and opened up the possibility to reach these communities by providing pilots who could either fly supplies and technical experts into those communities, or provide emergency assistance and medical transports.

Project objectives

An airplane is needed which could be used by one of the aircraft outreach organizations in order to support a community in need. The aircraft will be focused on cargo and passenger transportation. Due to the likelihood that the community being supported will have rough terrain and unpaved roads, the airplane will need to be able to land and take-off in uncommon conditions. Range will also be an important consideration, as the pilots will likely need to travel long distances in order to reach the communities. Finally, the aircraft will need to accommodate multiple passengers in order to both afford technical and medical experts the opportunity to reach these communities and to allow the opportunity for non-emergency medical transports.