CQUniversity has joined forces with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) International to conduct practical flight training for aviation students.
MAF International is a Christian organisation whose mission is to fly light aircraft' and to use other technologies to bring help and hope to people in some of the world's most remote communities.
CQUniversity lecturer in Aviation and Head of Course for Postgraduate Aviation Arno Mueckenhausen said MAF was the 14th flight provider to be signed with the University's Aviation department.
'It's wonderful to have MAF International on board – this agreement will give our Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) and Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) students in Cairns a fabulous opportunity to train with a provider that not only delivers flights' but hope'' Mr Mueckenhausen said.
'It displays another great provider to come on board at CQU Aviation and shows our commitment to continuously grow the program'' he said.
'It also enhances the local footprint in the Cairns region where we now have two flight training providers.'
MAF International Training Centre Operations Manager RenÃ© Don said MAF International delivered practical and spiritual care to people in places of deepest human need.
Every five minutes' a MAF plane takes off or lands somewhere in the world. These flights enable crucial work by many aid and development agencies' missions' local churches and other national groups.
Based in Mareeba' Far North Queensland' Mr Don said CQU students completing the pilot training program with MAF would benefit from its 75 years of specialized experience in the world's most challenging aviation environments.
'Students will learn the skills and competencies required to be successful operators in remote areas.
'Mareeba is ideally located right next to controlled airspace' providing mountainous terrain and true remote area experiences' not to mention 300 sunny days per year'' he said.
'Whether you are starting from scratch (ab-initio) or looking to upgrade your pilot skills' out team of experienced instructors are well-equipped to take you to the next level.
'Our instructor team has extensive flying experience and aviation industry knowledge to provide the most relevant and up-to-date instruction to CQU students.'