This is a chance to meet the MAF New Zealand’s CEO and chat with some of the staff, who will be on hand to share insights into the work of MAF around the world. On site will be MAF New Zealand’s six-seat Cessna 206, which flew for MAF for 30 years, first in Cambodia and later in the remote far north of Australia.
Come out on Wednesday 20 November, anytime between 5.00-7.00pm. Waharoa (Matamata) Aerodrome, State Highway 27, Waharoa. Hope to see you there! Bring your friends, all invited!
Started by two young New Zealand pilots at the end of the Second World War, MAF now partners with hundreds of aid agencies, NGOs and Christian organizations to enable them to quickly and effectively put their resources to use where they will make the most difference.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flies essential services, medical teams, aid workers and emergency food into some of the most challenging places on earth. With a fleet of 135 aircraft in over 30 countries, MAF is a vital “link in the chain” in the global effort to overcome the barriers caused by isolation. By flying over mountains, deserts and jungles, MAF can reduce an all-day trek on foot by a doctor or medical team to a mere 20-minute flight.
The aircraft that will be on site for you to see and sit in is a Cessna 206, which 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. 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!