We are looking forward to coming to both Whangarei and Whakatane—and warmly invite you to join us. Tell your friends! All welcome.
Come and see an operational MAF plane that flew as a lifeline to isolated communities for 30 years! This is an opportunity to find out more about the worldwide ministry of MAF. Chat with the MAF New Zealand CEO Mark Fox.
Tuesday 4 December
Whangarei Flying Club, Gate 4, Hanger 10, Whangarei Airport
Wednesday 5 December
Aerohire Ltd, Whakatane Airport, 222 Aerodrome Rd
The dream of two New Zealand pilots who flew in World War Two to find ways to use aircraft to serve people, MAF now has a fleet of 130 aircraft in 30 countries around the world. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flies in some of the most challenging places on the planet!
About the Cessna aircraft
Come and see our Cessna 206, the plane many of you prayed for and helped bring to New Zealand. This MAF aircraft provided a lifeline to isolated communities for 30 years. This Cessna 206 flew with MAF for 30, first in Cambodia and then in the remote far north of Australia. It has the capacity to carry up to 5 passengers or 400kg of freight. It is currently used to train and prepare pilots for the challenging conditions they will face overseas.
All MAF’s 206s have been modified to suit the environments in which they fly; over-size main wheels and heavy-duty nose gear are designed to withstand the forces exerted on the aircraft from rough airstrips. A large cargo pod underneath the plane allows extra freight to be carried.
One of the smallest aircraft in the MAF fleet, it is a durable, reliable “workhorse”. With a cruising speed of 222kph (120 knots) it is one of the slowest aircraft in the fleet, but its ability to land on short, rugged airstrips makes it ideally suited for MAF’S work.
** Please note that both these events are dependent on good weather. Please check our website (maf.org.nz) the day before the event is scheduled to confirm we are able to go ahead.