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History and Certification of the Angel Aircraft

Carl Mortenson imageThe Angel Aircraft Corporation (AAC) was started by Carl Mortenson, a pilot and aircraft mechanic with many years of aviation experience. Carl served with a mission aviation organization (JAARS) as a bush pilot/mechanic in South America. During this time, he was involved with many aircraft rebuilds, and he designed his first aircraft, the Evangel, for use in South America. He realized that there was a need for STOL aircraft and that there was a limited number from which to choose. Most of the STOL aircraft were single-engine planes that were slow and unable to carry large loads. This prompted Carl to endeavor to design an aircraft that could not only get into short rough airstrips, but that could also carry a good load and have the speed and safety of a high performance twin.

The Angel was certified to FAR 23 in the USA by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in late 1992. Anyone who has been involved with this process knows what a huge task this is. It requires hundreds of hours of flight testing before taking it to the FAA, and then the FAA does hundreds of more hours of testing. Ed Mortenson image

Today, Carl and his son Ed, who serves as Chief Engineer, partner together on all aspects of the Angel project. But through the years many others have provided essential assistance.

Daniel Hunt imageDan Hunt is a co-founder of the Angel project. Carl and Dan have known each other since their days at Moody Bible Institute in the 50s. Dan was President and General Manager of Evangel Aircraft in 1973-74, and his leadership, funding, engineering, drawing skills and friendship helped make the Angel possible. He was particularly active in the wing design. Dan is now retired, but continues to serve on the AAC board of directors.

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Carl's son, Evan, is also an engineer who helped guide the Angel through all the flight testing and structural certification process. He has sinced worked with Quest Aircraft, Cessna, Hawker-Beechcraft, and Air Tractor.

Many, many others have given money, prayed, donated time and talent to the Angel project. They have helped with flying, maintenance, production, management, computer support, engineering, facility maintenance, legalities, publicity, book keeping, and many more things. Carl and his wife, Alice, are extremely grateful
to the Lord for His provision and to so many willing helpers over the years.

The first Angel has flown nearly 3,000 hours and has been as far East as Turkey, South to Chile, and North of the Arctic Circle.

There are two aspects to the business behind The Angel: First, The Kings Engineering Fellowship (TKEF) was formed to design and develop the aircraft. It was created as a non-profit organization and, through donations, was able to raise funds for the research and development of the aircraft. Since certification of the Angel in 1992, TKEF has continued to make design improvements to the aircraft, and continues to rely on tax-deductible, donated support.

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The second business aspect is The Angel Aircraft Corporation, a for-profit company created to manufacture and sell The Angel. AAC is currently based in Orange City, Iowa in the USA, working out of a 14,000 sq. ft. facility but is looking to relocate to a larger facility. The planned new facility would be able to produce 20 to 30 aircraft per year in the beginning stages, with an expansion plan that would allow up to 50 aircraft per year.

The King's Engineering Fellowship (TKEF) designed the Angel specially to be suitable for missionary use from short, rough airstrips. Angel Aircraft Corporation (ACC) is licensed to manufacture and market Angels to anyone, however, and pays TKEF a fair market engineering royalty fee on each Angel it sells.

Angel Aircraft Corporation is currently building Angels to fill customer orders.

Why our interest in air service for missionaries? Because all people, no matter how remote, need to know that the Master Designer & Builder created them to know and enjoy Him.

Watch the video to see how an Angel is needed for ministry in Colombia.

Though sin separates people from God, Jesus Christ paid the penalty we are due by His death on the cross. Anyone may receive forgiveness by acknowledging Jesus as their Savior - and thereby begin a growing, never-ending friendship with God. For a more detailed explanation of God's loving plan of salvation, please visit www.greatcom.org/laws/. Angel Aircraft Corporation will gladly talk to you about this give us a call, send email, or just drop in and visit sometime (see Contacts).

Evangel in the Amazon jungle
Evangel in Orange City prior to service in Peru.
Angel Wing Structural Test
Angel full span flaps and spoilerons
Angel 44KE on takeoff

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