Harvest Aviation is a non-profit aviation ministry based out of the Wauchula Municipal Airport (KCHN) in central Florida. We operate the Lifeline service to help missionaries and pastors receive packages and cargo on the mission field. Once accepted as members of Harvest Aviation, our missionary and pastor partners will have access to our Lifeline service. The following policies were established by Harvest Aviation for the conduct of the Lifeline service. These policies may be changed without notice at the sole discretion of Harvest Aviation.
We plan Lifeline trips to arrive the second Tuesday of each month. Flights may, however, be rescheduled or cancelled based on insufficient cargo, aircraft availability, weather, or other factors. We will do our best to give advance notice of such changes.
COST OF SERVICE
Harvest Aviation is a non-profit organization, so we do not charge anything for our Lifeline service. However, flying to is expensive, so we ask that missionaries or their supporters, supporting agency, etc. help cover the cost if they are able to do so. Donations can be made in the form of a check, Paypal donation, or U.S. currency. We will let you know the weight of your cargo before the flight so you can bring a check to the airport if you would like to.
ITEMS TO THE UNITED STATES
Unfortunately, we are not permitted to process packages that do not belong to us through U.S. Customs back into the United States. If you are flying back with us, you may bring items of your own to process through U.S. Customs, but we cannot bring your items back without you.
CUSTOMS DUTY RESPONSIBILITY
Harvest Aviation does not cover Customs Duty fees. Whoever
picks up your cargo from the airport will be responsible for paying any Customs
Any packages, equipment, or cargo that you want us to ship to you should be mailed to:
ATTN: Missionary Name
1314 Maurice Sonny Clavel Rd.
Wauchula, FL 33873-8722
Be sure to include your name so we know where to ship the package.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING PACKAGES
All cargo should be delivered to our hangar at least one week before the scheduled arrival date of each flight. Any cargo received after the deadline may be held for the next scheduled flight.
INSPECTION OF PACKAGES
For the safety of the pilots and to meet Customs paperwork requirements, every package we receive will be opened and inspected. Many packages will be re-boxed to fit better on the plane. We will include a general description of the contents on the shipping label and manifest. If someone is sending you wrapped gifts, please have them include a brief description of each item to lower the chances of Customs opening the gifts. We will warn you when a manifest includes gifts for you to avoid ruining any surprises.
If you need to have a single bulky object shipped, it is a good idea to check with us to see if we can accommodate it before you have it shipped to our hangar. In general, if an object is more than three feet long in any direction or weighs more than 75 pounds, please check with us first to see if we can fit it on the airplane.
We typically ship cargo in cardboard boxes or padded envelopes. If we are also shipping a reusable container for you (i.e. a suitcase, plastic bin, backpack, etc.), we may pack your other cargo in that container unless you ask us not to do so.
All cargo is subject to inspection and approval by Harvest Aviation. Any cargo determined by the pilot to pose an unacceptable risk to the safety of the flight will be rejected. If you have questions about whether an item is appropriate or not, please don't hesitate to ask.
All cargo received will be stored at Harvest Aviation's maintenance hangar until we ship it. During the daytime, the hangar is left open and is accessible by the general public. While the workers are generally aware of what is going on in the hangar, it is a possibility that someone could access the hangar without their knowledge and remove items from the cargo area. If it is necessary to send valuable items, contact Harvest Aviation ahead of time to see if special arrangements can be made to secure an item in a locked room. In any case, Harvest Aviation, its staff, and its volunteers are not responsible for any item that is lost or stolen.
Because the storage area is not air conditioned, please inform us if any of your cargo is sensitive to heat or humidity. We will do our best to make arrangements to keep such cargo in a more suitable location. However, Harvest Aviation, its staff, and its volunteers are not responsible for any item that is damaged by heat or humidity.
Please do not send food unless it is commercially packaged. Homemade foods or repackaged foods can easily cause your box and others to become infested with fire ants. Also, Customs officers may confiscate packages that contain homemade or repackaged foods.
HOW PACKAGES ARE PROCESSED
We typically assign packages to a flight in the order packages are received. The earlier we receive a package, the more likely it is to be included in the next flight.
Except under extreme circumstances, we will not move a late-arriving package in front of one belonging to another missionary without their permission. We will, however, be happy to switch your own boxes around so that you can receive higher priority packages before lower priority ones, so long as they are the same weight or less than the package assigned to the next flight.
If someone donates cargo to Harvest Aviation for our missionary partners, that will be given lower priority than cargo that the missionaries purchase or receive from friends/family. The only exception is if a missionary requests to receive the donated cargo prior to their other cargo.
QUALITY OF PACKAGES
Although we usually ship packages based on the order we receive them, if very large quantities are dropped off at once, we may split the items up among several flights so that other missionaries are not denied service.
We cannot guarantee space on a flight for a package until we have received it at our hangar.
GUARANTEE OF DELIVERY DATE
There is no way for us to guarantee your package will be delivered on any specific date or even on a specific flight. Unfortunately, many things can cause your package to be delayed a few days or even bumped to the next flight. We understand that this can be frustrating, but there are some things we do not have control over. If we are holding a package for you, and you are unhappy with the expected delivery date, please let us know and we will be happy to find the best rate we can to have the item shipped to you by FedEx, UPS, DHL or USPS at your expense.