SOS Operations

In cooperation with other relief organizations, Helimission provides fast SOS help to populations affected by events such as famines, floods, earthquakes, etc.

In the past, Helimission has provided SOS help to the following countries:


































































Earthquake / Tsunami

On September 28th, 2018, a terrible earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, set off a humanitarian disaster on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Miraculously none of the Helimission employees, who are situated right in the center of the affected area, were injured. Our hangar, helicopter and all our employees’ houses were not seriously damaged, even though countless cracks in the buildings provide a constant reminder of the quake.

Helimission immediately joined forces with two other relief organizations on site to provide disaster relief as quickly as possible.


Helimission’s help in this disaster:

- 53 tons of material transported

- 85 flights with teams of doctors

- 157 helicopter hours flown

- 401 landings

- Approx. 700 people transported


Typhoon "Ava"

After the Cyclone "Ava" swept the east coast of Madagascar which caused high winds and flooding, several roads were damaged and in some places bridges were completely washed away. In collaboration with MAF, we evaluated the situation and initiated further steps.


Typhoon "Enawo"

Following the Typhoon Enawo, which devastated a big part of Madagascar, 78 Persons died, over 150 Persons injured und thousands of buildings destroyed, Helimissions support with helicopter is urgent. We transport food, water, medicine and specialists from other organizations into the affected areas.


Typhoon "Haima" in the Philippines

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people on Thursday (October 21, 2016) as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

Super typhoon Haima (Lawin - the Philippine name) struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda - the Philippine name) in 2013. Helimission supported local friends and churches financially.




Hurricane "Matthew" in Haiti

Helimission supported the victims of hurricane “Matthew” through the ministry of Miriam Frederik. Miriam has run an orphanage in Port au Prince for the last 30 years. She is also in charge of various churches and social projects in the remote parts in the South West of the island. Dr. Stephen Schroering accompanied Miriam on a 10-day journey through this difficult terrain.




Earthquake in Nepal

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Helimission provided support financially and by providing professional staff to assist with organizing relief flights. We are very grateful for the good collaboration with MAF.




Typhoon Yolanda

Together with NTMA, we distributed 93 tons of relief goods and transported 405 people. We also distributed 4000 kilos of sea weed seedlings to give the islanders a means of support.  




Flood of the Century

In the upper Amazon region (Brazil and Peru) huge areas have been flooded. We helped with organizing and transporting food parcels.





Shortly before Christmas the tropical storm “Sendong” claimed almost 2,000 lives. The inhabitants of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Ozamis City were surprised by a spring tide.  

Helimission helped financially.



2011 Famine in Africa
Because of the large drought, Kenya, Somalia and Southern Ethiopia experienced a terrible famine.
We helped with our helicopter in Awassa (Ethopia).


2010 Flood disaster


2010 Earthquake
Helimission worked on getting Helicopters in Haiti to support the distribution of aid and supplies, also to transport medicine and doctors as well as injured people. Since we did not have a helicopter in Haiti we had to charter machines in America.
Brazil 2008 Flooding
In Santa Catharina (Brazil) heavy rainfall led to flooding and destruction in December 2008. We supported the aid workers on site.
Nias 2005


We were on site with our helicopters following the sea-quake and earthquake in Nias, Indonesia.

Sumatra 2004/05

Marine earthquake in Asia

We provided disaster relief on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia following the tsunami in Asia.

Madagascar 2004 Cyclones            
After cyclones “Elita” and “Gafilo” in February/March 2004, our pilots made survey flights with various organizations in order to determine the extent of the devastation and to plan relief efforts. Medical teams were flown in and approximately 15 tons of rice, corn, plastic blankets and other urgently needed items were distributed.
Congo 2002 Volcanic eruption in Goma
In January 2002, three days after the volcanic eruption in Goma (Congo), both of our pilots stationed in Kenya landed with the helicopter there. More than 3,000 people were affected by the eruption and about 10,000 were without housing. The stream of lava had divided the city in two parts: east and west. Helimission’s director, Ernie Tanner, organized the operation there with Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), Asrames (Regional Organization for Medical Supply), seismologists of the UN and various film teams. Thanks to the flight with the seismologists, fears of a further eruption were alleviated. Also, Doctors Without Borders was able to gain an overview of the refugee situation, and with Asrames it was possible to fly much-needed medicine to various centers. Helimission’s helicopter was the only one stationed in the area of this disaster.
Mozambique 2001 Flooding
In February 2001, heavy rainfall in Mozambique and in the watershed area of the Zambezi River led to extreme flooding. The Zambesi River delta was flooded in an area of about one million hectares of land. This corresponds to about four times the area of Holland.

There were at least 75 fatalities and more than 120,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

In March, Helimission assisted different organizations, such as the World Food Program, the Nazarene Church Relief Organization, the German Technical Relief Organization, the Red Cross, USAID, Dorcas Aid and local authorities.

Our helicopter was used mostly for survey flights and flying medical teams, as well as for distributing emergency aid packages containing rice, corn, oil, seeds and cooking pots.


2000 Three cyclones within a short period: “Eline”, “Gloria” and “Hudah”
On February 17, the first cyclone “Eline” reached Madagascar and caused considerable damage along the coast south of Tamatave. Several cities suffered destruction of over 40%. A short time later, cyclone “Gloria” struck with heavy rainfall and winds on the northern part of the island and caused great damage.
On April 2, hurricane “Hudah” raged over the north of the island with wind speeds of up to 315 km/hour. The coastal city of Antalaha was almost completely destroyed. Over 500,000 people were affected, and at least 85 were killed.

Over 200 flight hours were flown, enabling us to reach more than 70 villages and fly in medical equipment and assessment teams to the disaster areas. In addition, over 140 tons of food were distributed and medicine, blankets, soap and building plastic were also flown into the needy areas.
Mozambique 2000 Flooding
Food, drinking water, medicine and household start-up packages were distributed. Teams of doctors from the German relief organization “humedica” were flown into the flooded areas.
Albania 1999 Refugee Crisis
Helimission’s SOS container houses served as a medical center in a large refugee camp. Financial assistance was also given to other relief organizations and assisting churches.
Honduras 1998   Hurricane “Mitch”
Distribution of many tons of clothing and 20 tons of food and medicine. Transport of doctors, officials, geologists and film teams.
Papua 1998 Drought
After a severe drought, the government requested assistance. We distributed many tons of food and medicine in cooperation with the Australian Government, Doctors Without Borders, and Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Madagascar 1997 Hurricane “Gretelle”
In cooperation with several relief organizations, Helimission transported doctors and distributed over five tons of medicine and 15 tons of rice and special food.
Rwanda 1994 Civil War
Missions with: UNHCR, THW (German Technical Relief Organization), Doctors without Borders, OXFAM and other relief organizations. Erected plumbing for two camps; one with 27,000 and one with 200,000 refugees. Distribution of medicine and plastic covers. Transport of water purification systems.
Madagascar 1994 Cyclone “Geralda”
Survey flights with engineers, railway personnel and World Bank officials. Transport of 340 boxes for the repair of the railroad which supplies the capital.
Albania 1992-1994 Political Liberation
Transport of 50,000 pairs of shoes, 30 tons of clothing, 100 tons of seed potatoes, 5 tons of seed corn, 1 ton of vegetable seed, etc. Distribution of aid with the helicopter and 4x4 trucks in the areas which were difficult to access.
Kurdistan/Turkey 1991 Civil War
Supplying the refugee camp with 60,000 liters of drinking water. This operation prevented a plague from breaking out, and saved thousands of people from dying of thirst.
Cameroon 1986 Poisonous Gas Release in Nyos
Evacuation and care of survivors. Transport of the Swiss Disaster Unit and seismological warning systems.
Sudan 1986 Flooding of the Nile
Flights for UNHCR over the Nile into inaccessible villages: 100 tons of relief supplies such as wool blankets and medicine.
Sudan 1985 Drought Disaster
Under the supervision of UNHCR, distribution of tons of food and medicine. Transport of medical personnel to eight camps to fight the cholera epidemic.
Italy 1980 Earthquake
Cooperation with the German Red Cross (DRK). Organization, supervision, and distribution of relief supplies. Distribution of 2000 Christmas packages to the inhabitants in emergency shelters.
Ethiopia 1974
Drought Disasters
Distribution of 10 to 15 tons of food per day to about 20,000 who were suffering from starvation.