Mareeba, Australia

Mareeba is a small town, tucked away in the Tablelands of Far North Queensland, approximately 70 kms inland from Cairns, who’s main claim to fame, is having 300 sunny days a year. At the last count there was a population of just over 10,000 (surprisingly from over 60 different nationalities) and the area is well-known for it’s coffee and banana plantations, rodeo’s and gold-panning competitions.

However it is here in Mareeba, that MAF has a large international team, with years of overseas experience between them, supporting the work of MAF worldwide by both maintaining aircraft and training up the next generation of pilots and engineers.

The MAF Training Centre moved from Victoria to a brand new purpose-built facility in Mareeba, in early 2015. Mareeba is perfectly positioned for flight training purposes, with great airspace. The tropical climate, weather conditions, environment and geography are comparable to those in MAF programmes in both the Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Based on the edge of the vast Australian outback, it is ideal for advanced remote area navigation training and is also uniquely placed within flight range of two MAF programmes (Arnhem Land and Papua New Guinea).

Pilots and flight instructors are offering students the opportunity to train from scratch, to gain their Commercial Pilots Licence. There are also Standardisation Courses for pilots accepted by MAF, before they begin serving in one of the MAF programmes throughout the world.

Training Centre

The MAF Training Centre use both Cessna 206 and Cessna 172 aircraft to complete the training.

Students also spend time training in the Redbird FMX Motion Flight Simulator.


Standardisation pilots use either a Cessna 206 or a GA8 Airvan.

In addition to the work in the Training Centre, our international team of engineers carry out the heavy maintenance on the thirty-six aircraft flying throughout the Asia Pacific region, in Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea and in Mareeba at the MAF Training Centre. The engineers work here in the hangar but also regularly travel out to the different MAF programmes on a more short-term basis, to assist the teams there. In addition to the regular maintenance, there is also an engineering apprenticeship programme, where individuals can train as either aircraft maintenance or avionics engineers over a four-year period.

The engineering apprenticeship programme is available to suitable MAF candidates. For more information about this programme, please contact the MAF resourcing group in your home country. Places are limited, we are only able to take two candidates each year.

Just like the pilot training programme, the engineering apprenticeship is run in association with Aviation Australia (RTO:30770, CRICOS:02425C), based in Cairns, and is CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) approved.