What do MAF Pilots Do? MAF in Papua New Guinea

Sometimes I have been asked the question, “What does a MAF pilot do?” The answer is different for each country where MAF operates, and from one day to the next. In Papua New Guinea (PNG), we do many things; on any one day I could be a mailman, an ambulance driver, a hearse driver, a taxi, a delivery man, and many other things, including being a school bus driver!

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Tali Takes to the Air: MAF’s Pilot Training Program

Tali is currently training to become a pilot at MAF Mareeba’s Flight Training Centre. Only 3% of pilots globally are women, that is about 4000 out of 130,000 pilots worldwide. It has been nearly 50 years since the first woman became a commercial pilot but as you can see the numbers are still very low. Therefore, MAF Mareeba having a female trainee pilot is particularly exciting. Read Tali’s story here.

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Verified Versatility: The MAF Shuttle Flights in Kenya

MAF’s shuttle flights are like flying busses that go from airstrip to airstrip to bring people and cargo to different locations. It requires a versatile aircraft and some planning. Sometimes rows of seats are removed or stacked on top of the cargo and reinstalled to make it all fit into the aircraft.

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PNG Earthquake: An Update

On February 26th 2018, a 7.5 earthquake hit PNG and since that time, MAF has been serving those impacted in the remote areas. MAF has received donations from individuals and businesses in PNG and around the world, in addition to funding from New Zealand Aid, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and Barrick New Guinea Limited. This has allowed us to subsidise flights so aid organisations like World Vision and Care International, UNICEF, WFP and other groups, and individuals wanting to assist the people in the remote areas could get teams and supplies in more affordably. Our aircraft have flown in building supplies, food supplies, seeds and tools for replanting, water tanks and toilets, clothing and many other items.

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Makeshift Medical Church – MAF in Kenya

Instead of a nine-hour drive, One Child Matters chartered two MAF Caravans to fly a medical outreach team of 18 people from Developing Workers to Lokori. From there they drove 25 km in a bus to Elelea and set up a makeshift clinic in the local church.

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Mission Aviation Fellowship Responds to Second Mozambique Cyclone

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), operating as Ambassador Aviation in Mozambique, is once again conducting aerial assessments to determine what aid is needed in northern Mozambique areas hit by Cyclone Kenneth on April 25.  MAF conducted similar assessment flights when Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique farther south five weeks ago.

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The Re-Opening of Koblagué Airstrip – MAF in Chad

In MAF we love opening new airstrips. For MAF, it represents the potential to reach more people with the love of Christ through aviation and technology. A new airstrip represents entire new communities with the potential to be transformed physically and spiritually.

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The Garrthalala Church – MAF in Arnhem Land

MAF’s Area Communications Officer in Arnhem Land, Divyan Ahimaz, tells of a recent trip he made on a MAF plane, flying out to a homeland for church!

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Mike Alpha India

A recount of Senior Instructor Andrew Little’s 7 hour ferry flight from Mareeba to Mt Hagen to bring a brand new Cessna 208 to the PNG programme.

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Cyclone Idai Disaster Response Update – Mozambique

Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique March 14-15, 2019, causing flooding and destruction. The Ambassador Aviation (MAF) team in Mozambique continues their Cyclone Idai disaster response work. The team is working out of Beira, Mozambique and are using one Cessna 208 Caravan from the Nampula, Mozambique base.

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Multiple Marsabit Medevacs – Kenya

NGO’s and missionaries in northern Kenya rely on MAF Kenya’s Cessna 206, a 6-seater aeroplane based in Loglogo, to bring them quickly and safely to their destinations, either in remote bush villages or where civilization provides services when they are in dire need of them. MAF pilot Melvin Peters recently carried out three medevacs (medical evacuations) within a short period of time.

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Precious in God’s Site – An Update on a Medevac from 9 years ago

Every year MAF PNG does somewhere in the region of 400 medevacs. Each person has their story; each one is a life; each one is precious in God’s sight.

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Happy World Radio Day!

Happy World Radio Day! At Technology Services PNG we are excited to shine the light on how important radio communication is. Constant, reliable communication still matters. It’s money saving, time saving, and most importantly, lifesaving.

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Kompiam District Hospital Outreach – PNG

Thank you to MAF for being so willing to partner with Kompiam District Hospital to make outreach visits to the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea possible.

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How Working for MAF has Changed My Life

MAF Canada’s Tim Bax recently spent some time in Papua New Guinea. While he took away a wide range of impressions from his time in PNG, the most indelible impression left upon him was the profound impact MAF is having on the lives of our national workers, many of whom have been serving with MAF for decades.

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Microlet, Motorbike and a MAF plane

Have you ever looked at a photo in a MAF magazine or on a website and wondered, “I wonder what it’s really like to work there?” For most people traveling to the remote locations where MAF serves will never become reality and remain just a thought. But in August 2018, a group of seven Australians, aged from 15 years to 70 plus, accompanied by MAF Australia General Manager Ian McDougall, made the trip to Timor-Leste to see just what life and service there is really like.

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Unscheduled Opportunities to Serve

An ordinary day for MAF’s Andrew Macdonald soon offers an extraordinary opportunity to serve. The Arnhem Land programme has conducted 839 medical flights in 2017 alone, with a 9 of them being emergency medevac flights such as this.

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Inspiring Young Hearts

MAF Uganda recently hosted a field trip to their airfield. Some of the boys were so impacted they are now talking of becoming pilots one day. It gave them a strong sense of value to be given this opportunity. Who knows what will eventuate from this day out in Kajjansi airfield. One thing is clear, it was a lifetime highlight for these kids who will live off the memory for a very long time.

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A Call for Help from Garrthalala – MAF in Arnhem Land

“Many of the phone calls I take each day are pretty mundane. Today, I took the call for this flight and I’m glad to have played a part in making this come together quickly. A fantastic result considering the initial contact suggested it could have gone the other way.” – Rhys Morrell, MAF Arnhem Land.

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Trusting God in the Middle of Tragedy – MAF in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Alfa Kawengian’s father-in-law, Laurens, died in the massive earthquake and tsunami on 28 September that devastated the city of Palu on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. His mother-in-law Maryam miraculously survived. Alfa is Assistant Flight Ops Manager in Yayasan MAF Indonesia’s Papua program and he joined MAF’s Disaster Response team in Palu to assist in ground operations. While in Palu, he visited the site where Laurens died with MAF’s Evrin Pratama. Read his story here.

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