Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Training PNG

Kagamuga Airport, Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea

First Flight Training School in PNG with 2nd training location in Queensland, Australia


Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating

International Students


Aircraft fleet number



Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea

Entry Requirements

High School Graduate with high marks in English, Math and Physics, good physical and mental health

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Training PNG is an option for PNG nationals to become commercial pilots by learning how to fly in Mt Hagen, PNG and Queensland Australia. The school is part of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) an international Christian organisation whose mission is to fly light aircraft and use other technologies, to bring help and hope to people in some of the world’s poorest communities. Every four minutes a MAF plane is taking off or landing somewhere in the world, assisting missions, churches, aid and development agencies, and other local groups to transform lives.

There are MAF programmes located right across the globe, making a difference in the lives of individuals every single day. In order to maintain this work and ensure that it can continue, MAF are also taking the time to train up future generations of pilots and engineers.

MAF has been in operation for 66 years in Papua New Guinea with strategically located bases in Rumginae, Wewak, Goroka, Madang, Telefomin and their headquarters in Mt Hagen.

In 2017 MAF launched Flight Training in PNG using a One Training Centre - Two Campuses approach. The two training campuses are the Headquarter in Mount Hagen, PNG and Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Training PNG is planning two intakes each year, with the opportunity for up to four PNG students to begin training at each intake. Within two years the MAF Training Centre (TC) aims to produce professional and competent pilots with relevant licenses, ratings and approximately 240 hours flying experience. With over 65 years of experience in providing essential flight services to many of the most isolated communities in PNG, MAF’s training curriculum will provide a focus on safety and remote area operations as modelled by MAF. With the two campuses’ integrated approach, students will get exposure to both the Australian and Papua New Guinean flying environments.

Each campus will work to a common curriculum, built on a competency-based training philosophy and compliant with the curriculum required by CASA PNG and CASA Australia. Training will be delivered by experienced instructors with significant industry expertise and cross-cultural experience.

The Mareeba Campus will deliver the foundational training to student pilots – covering Private Pilot’s license, Night Flying rating and Instrument Flight rating. Students will attend the Mount Hagen Campus to apply newly developed flight skills and knowledge in the PNG context, developing planning and navigation expertise, and the right attitude for safe remote operations. This part of the course will cover cross-country navigation, operations on non-paved airstrips, and competencies required for Commercial Pilot’s license training.

Also based in Mareeba, Queensland, alongside the ongoing maintenance of the MAF Asia Pacific Fleet, both pilot training and engineering apprenticeship programmes are offered. They are run in association with Aviation Australia, based in Cairns, and are CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) approved.

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