Mel Laird is a pilot from New Zealand who has spent some time in Mareeba with our instructors for both Standardisation in 2016 and to complete her Australian Instrument Rating in 2017. While originally bound for one of the Africa programmes, the needs within MAF are constantly changing and so following her second round of training in Mareeba, Mel has now moved up to serve with MAF in the Arnhem Land programme.
Of her time in Mareeba, Mel writes “The staff are friendly, and we still managed a few laughs amidst all the training and work needing to be done. The instruction received has been good, and they have successfully turned me from a pilot with an extreme dislike for Instrument Flying to one who now sees its benefits and, dare I say it, may even enjoy it. Just a little.”