At the beginning of August 2018, we had the privilege of congratulating two more pilots on the completion of their flight training in Mareeba; the programme run in partnership between Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and Aviation Australia. Joël Rominger and Ueli Müller finished the Instrument Rating element, the final section of their programmes, which saw […]

1 Aug

René Don joined our training team in mid-2018 as Head of Delivery, responsible for all operations and student planning in the training centre. Originally from the Netherlands, René worked as a hardware and software designer before joining MAF in 2009. Following completion of flight training with MAF (when our training centre was at Coldstream in […]

In March 2018, senior flight instructor Joe Knighton got a request that was a little out of the ordinary. Through the generous donations of supporters, following a fundraising appeal by MAF Australia, MAF had the opportunity to purchase a Cessna 182 aircraft for training purposes … except the previous owner and the aircraft were based […]

Flight instructor Neil Alexander joined the team in Mareeba in early 2018. Neil is a qualified pilot, instructor and engineer and has spent his entire career in the aviation industry, starting as a Hawker de Havilland Aeronautical Engineering Cadet in 1979. Amongst other positions, Neil worked for Hawker Pacific from 1987 until 2001 as the […]

24 Jan

As a young boy growing up in Belgium, Instructor Hans Cools dreamt of becoming a pilot. In 2011, he began his commercial pilot training in the UK and in 2013 he went on to gain his Grade 3 Instructor Rating in Australia. Hans has worked in the Aviation Industry ever since, joining MAF in 2017. […]

Students at the Flight Training Centre here in Mareeba get a unique opportunity as part of the training programme; to go on a remote area safari and visit a MAF operational programme. These safari’s give students exposure to flying in remote, isolated, hot conditions and to navigate over often featureless terrain. It takes them beyond […]

On Saturday the 7th of October, flight instructor Andy Little set up a stand at the inaugural Aviation Careers Open Day in Cairns. Targeted at people interested in aviation industry careers, Andy had many conversations with people who were equally surprised by the scope of MAF’s worldwide operations, and that their training base was around […]

Since its avionics upgrade (with the installation of an Aspen EFD-1000 Primary Flight Display) which was completed in March 2017, the Cessna 172, VH-WMC, is the only training aircraft in Mareeba equipped with touch screen GPS and autopilot; preparing pilots for higher level operations. Flight instructor, Thomas Beyeler, has been really pleased with the difference […]

25 Jul

Michael Vogel joined our team of flight instructors in early 2017 and is a casual instructor at the training centre. He has been a pilot with MAF since 2007, first serving in the Arnhem Land programme for three years and then as DHC-6 and C208 Captain in Papua New Guinea for almost seven years. Originally from […]

Simon Wunderli is a Standardisation Instructor and joined our team of instructors at the end of 2016. Born in Papua New Guinea into a missionary family, Simon is actually Swiss in nationality. He trained at Moody Aviation in America as an aircraft mechanic and pilot, and Simon has used both skills during his working career. Joining MAF […]