MAF operates the Flight Training under its Air Operators Certificate issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and provides the required resources and personnel to conduct the flight courses according to the approved curricula and CASA requirements. The MAF Training Centre purposefully designs its training packages, not only to meet CASA requirements but also to cater for the skill set required by pilots of mission aviation organisations – including its own MAF International operation.
MAF is partnering with Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C) to provide training opportunities for pilots who wish to fly for MAF, other mission organisations, and for those wanting to train for remote area operations with Australia, the Asia Pacific region and around the world.
The Commercial Licence and Instrument Flying courses are full-time, with three class intakes per year. The course runs for 15 months; this includes a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) with Night Flying Rating and Instrument Rating.
Students or pilots with previous flight training experience and licences will be assessed and the prior learning recognised as appropriate. In these cases, enrolment for either the full course or part course will also be possible.
Individuals interested in becoming a mission pilot are encouraged to contact the MAF Resourcing Group in their own country, MAF Australia in Sydney or directly to the MAF Training Centre in Mareeba. Individuals interested in being trained by MAF for remote areas operations should contact the MAF Training Centre in Mareeba.
All candidates wanting to be trained by MAF will first be required to complete an initial application process. If successful, the next step is a technical assessment to ensure that the required skills and behaviours of a pilot are identified. This is important so that each pilot who commences training has a good chance of successfully completing the course.
For more specific information about the courses involved in the Flight Training Programme, please see below.