At the beginning of 2016, the staff of the MAF Training Centre in Mareeba welcomed two Swiss MAF trainees for the first full Integrated Pilot Training Course since MAF moved its flight training base to Queensland from Victoria in 2015. Simon Heusler and David Graf arrived in Mareeba with their families in January 2016 and […]

Shannon Perrett works as the Finance Officer for the MAF Mareeba Maintenance and Facility and Training Centre, as well as sharing the role of receptionist. After serving with Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship in Papua New Guinea for six years, Shannon and her family moved to Mareeba in early 2015, where she and her husband Dan, […]

9 Nov

Julie Grey is the administrative assistant in the Training Centre and will often be the first person potential students come into contact with, within MAF. Julie and her family have been serving with MAF since 1984 and they have been based in Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and now Mareeba. Julie’s husband is the […]

4 Nov

In August (2016), some of the pilots-in-training were put through their paces on the local cricket pitch! While the students themselves are all working towards different goals, Recreational Pilots Licences, Commercial Pilots Licences and Licence Conversions, they all need to have a good understanding of the air traffic control (ATC) requirements. Jamie Milner, the Maintenance […]

Andrew Jenkins is the MAF International Senior Training Captain for Pilot Standardisation. Andrew gained his Commercial Pilot’s Licence in 1993 and he has been a Grade 1 rated flight instructor since 2000. He and his family have been with MAF since 1999, serving in Victoria (Australia), Papua New Guinea and Arnhem Land. His current role […]

Volkher Jacobsen is the MAF International Flight Training Manager. He joined MAF in 1995 and has spent his entire professional career serving with MAF. First in Arnhem Land, then from 1996 in various locations throughout Papua New Guinea, where he held different roles, including Deputy Chief Pilot. In 2004, Volkher moved with his family to […]

22 Jun

David Pett is the MAF International Training Captain for the AVGAS single engine piston fleet. Originally from the UK, David took his first flying lesson in 1992 and obtained his Commercial Pilot’s Licence in 2003. David then trained as a Flight Instructor in 2003-2004. David and his family joined MAF in 2006. They spent eight […]

22 Jun

William Nicol is the Aviation Director for MAF International. William first joined MAF in 1998 and first worked as a programme pilot in Tanzania until 2002 and then as the Chief Training Captain for MAF until 2006. After a break from 2007-2011 where he was the Head of Training at CTC Aviation Training based in Hamilton, […]

22 Jun

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 […]

10 Jun

Marcus Grey is the Chief Flying Instructor at the MAF Training Centre here in Mareeba. He is also the Chief Pilot for MAF in Mareeba and the MAF Timor-Leste Programme. Marcus has a wealth of flying, training and overseas experience, he and his family have been serving with MAF since 1984. The first twelve years […]