MAF Papua New Guinea at a Glance
Since 1951 MAF’s operations in Papua New Guinea has provided essential air transport to isolated communities located in some of the most rugged terrain in the world. PNG’s unique topography and poor infrastructure mean that MAF provides the only viable access to the outside world and the help and hope needed by many people in bush communities.
MAF staff, Expat and National, serving in Papua New Guinea, need to be willing to leave their comfort zones and face the challenges created by the cultural differences and language barriers in Papua New Guinea.
The pilot flies the plane from A to B, but there is a group of other people involved in making each flight possible and successful. Each flight is like a puzzle and it’s only half complete when only the pilots are involved. Other skilled and available people must fill the remaining pieces in the puzzle so it can come together.
Since 1951 MAF has provided a service to Papua New Guinea flying around and supporting the needs of the isolated and rural communities. Whilst MAF is not providing the only third level aviation service here, it is fair to say that many communities depend upon MAF for their well-being. MAF in turn depend upon support from many parts of the world to keep flying.
Our engineering team ensures that our aircraft have been through vigorous checks and that any required repairs are carried out, thus making them safe to fly.
Pilots, Engineering, Operations, Local and Admin staff living and operating in the communities of Mt Hagen, Goroka, Wewak, Rumginae, Kawito and Madang support and participate in local Christian ministry in a variety of ways.
Creating and maintaining partnerships in Papua New Guinea are important for MAF. One of the reasons MAF is able to stay linked with the different people groups and communities is through connections with other missions, churches and organisations that have a heart and vision for working with those isolated people groups and communities.
One of the ways MAF is proclaiming the Word of God is through the means of technology in cooperation with Technology Services (in PNG known as CRFM, Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship). In a world where technology has such a prominent place in people’s lives, most cannot do without some form of technology and so there is much opportunity to build on this and use as a means to deliver hope.
Flight Training Center
With a One Training Center -Two Campuses concept (Mt Hagen, WHP – Papua New Guinea Mareeba, QLD – Australia) the MAF Training Center aims to produce professional and competent pilots within two years. These pilots will have relevant licenses, ratings and approximately 240 hours flying experience, a focus on remote area operations as modelled by MAF and exposure to both the Australian and Papua New Guinean flying environment.
It just comes natural!
When pilot Wilfred Knigge lands at an airstrip, he brings his well-established routine and friendly Dutch personality with
“In our struggle, you arrived…and removed some of those struggles.” Story by Hannah Gardener. Photos by SDP’s Aerial
Greeted with Dancing and Crying
It’s been so great to be out and about flying this week, as we started to survey airstrips in the Goroka area,”