Joe Knighton and his family, from the UK, joined MAF in 2015. Joe has had a passion for aviation from a young age and he considers it an incredible privilege to share this ability with others.
Growing up in South Wales, UK, Joe learnt to fly as an Air Cadet aged 19. Following a serious road traffic accident in 1998, he gained his private licence through Flying Scholarships for Disabled and qualified as a commercial pilot in South Africa in 2004. Back in the UK, in 2011 he gained his flight instructors rating at Stapleford Flight Centre and was then Chief Flying Instructor for both the Bournemouth Flying Club and Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training.
Joe, his wife Emma and their two children moved from the UK to Mareeba, Queensland in mid-2015. Since then, as Senior Instructor Pilot, Joe has been training MAF pilots and preparing for a potential move to Papua New Guinea in 2017, to become the Chief Flying Instructor in the proposed MAF Training Centre.