(Written by Katherine Williams. Photographs taken by students themselves) A few weeks ago, I was wandering around the Mareeba Flight Centre when I ran into the MAF Mareeba student pilots. They were bubbling over with excitement about their upcoming Mission trip to Cooktown. I stopped to chat with them and was overcome by their enthusiasm […]

Written by Katherine Williams and photographs taken by Jenny Beckwith I met with Joe Knighton, Senior Flight Instructor for Mareeba Flight Training Centre one wet Mareeba morning and his opening line was that “God gives us skills and abilities to use and I feel it is our duty to offer those skills to others.”  Joe […]

There are some people you meet in life who are so easy to talk to and Tali Grace is definitely one of those people. When I first joined MAF a few short months ago, I was introduced to Tali and immediately felt that she had a special gift of communicating and God’s Love just seems […]

Andrew Hadfield, one of Mareeba’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineers began working for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) at the beginning of 2014 as an adult Apprentice.  He had grown up watching his Dad also work on planes for MAF as an Engineer and felt that God wanted him to follow the same path. Andrew’s Dad, Robert Hadfield […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Since the end of 2016, we have added not one, not two but three new flight instructors to our team here in Mareeba. All three pilots have years of experience serving with MAF across programmes in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Arnhem Land and now they will be combining their wealth of expertise with our existing […]