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MAF Airplanes Bring Hope and Help to the World’s Isolated Places
Organization Seeking Pilots and Mechanics for Overseas Assignments

OSHKOSH, Wis.–– Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) received an urgent call: Mika, a small boy in the Indonesian village of Mokndoma, had fallen from a tree and a branch had pierced his abdomen. With no medical facilities in the remote community, an MAF evacuation flight was his only chance for survival.

Thankfully for Mika, MAF pilot Mike Brown soon arrived. The child was flown to the town of Sentani where emergency surgery was performed, saving his life.

For MAF, such flights are common. This aviation organization uses light aircraft to overcome jungles, rivers, and rugged terrain that keep people and communities isolated. Their goal: to share the Gospel and make life better for people living in remote, difficult corners of the world.

“Medical flights are one small part of MAF’s work,” said John Boyd, president and CEO of MAF. “We respond to disasters, support missionaries and church work, deliver food and water. With 135 planes in our global fleet, MAF is a lifeline to those living in isolated parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.”

You’ll find MAF at booth 20 along James Ray Blvd. in the AirVenture main aircraft display area, not too far from the main entrance gate. Visitors to the display can try their hand at the flight simulator, talk to MAF pilots, and check out the ministry organization’s newest KODIAK airplane.

MAF is currently seeking pilots-mechanics and aircraft mechanics to serve at its overseas bases.

“The ideal candidate is a committed Christian who feels called to minister through aviation,” said Ron Hilbrands, MAF’s recruiting manager. “He or she needs to have a commercial pilot license with instrument rating, at least 400 flight hours, and an airframe and powerplant certificate. We also have openings for aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians.”

Stop by the MAF display to speak with a recruiter and learn more about MAF’s exciting mission. More information is available at

MAF pilots are skilled at flying in challenging topography, and you can learn from their expertise at two free public forums. On Tuesday, July 26, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., John Hook, a veteran MAF pilot and recruiter, will speak on Short Take-offs and Landings in Forum #1. On Friday, July 29 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Hook will present about Flying in Terrain in Forum #5.

Mission Aviation Fellowship ( was founded in 1945 by WWII pilots who had a vision for how aviation could be used to spread the Gospel. In 1946, pilot Betty Greene flew the first MAF plane on its inaugural flight, transporting two missionaries from Wycliffe Bible Translators to a remote jungle location in Mexico. Since that time MAF has grown to a global family of organizations working in 37 countries. Through its aviation and technology services, MAF enables the work of some 1,500 Christian and relief agencies.

MAF’s recent work has included supporting relief efforts in Nepal following two deadly earthquakes, helping halt a 2014 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and enabling the work of churches, evangelists, and Bible translators across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. MAF’s U.S. headquarters is in Nampa, Idaho.


Photo by Dave Forney, MAF

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