Category Archives: Training

TECH CORNER: What’s so hard about flying a floatplane?

The differences between a floatplane and a wheeled airplane seem pretty obvious. But when it comes to actually flying and landing on the water, there is a lot more beneath the surface. MAF pilot Brad Hopkins shares what it’s like to navigate a floatplane on and above the wild, winding rivers of Kalimantan.

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Flight Training Beyond the Airstrip Name

Badly Airstrip

On the corner near the MAF headquarters, there’s a firehouse with a reader board out front that says, Plan your Fire Escape. It’s a good reminder to be ready for the unexpected. As MAF flight trainers, we train our pilots for the “expected” but to also plan for the “unexpected.” We train […]

Training Flight Part 3 – Lava Fields, LASSOs, and Wild Horses

This post is part of a series in which a new MAF staff person tags along (quite bravely, he is a true hero really) on an MAF training flight. These training flights help prepare MAF pilots for their field assignments overseas. Past posts include Preparing For Takeoff and Engine Failure.

Inky black filled the windows of […]

Training Flight Part 2 – Engine Failure

This post is part of a series of blog posts describing a training flight that a new MAF staff person tagged along on. These training flights help prepare MAF pilots for their field assignments overseas. Past posts include How To Convince Yourself It’s Safe To Fly, MAF’s Delicious Landing Procedures, and Preparing For Takeoff.

“MAYDAY! MAYDAY! […]

Flight Training Adventures – Part 2

Before continuing with their flight training, Sean and Isaac shared lunch with some of the pastors they serve at Naan. This is the second post in a series. You can read the first one here.

When we arrived at our host’s floating house, we opened up buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pepsi that I had […]

Flight Training Adventures – Part 1

Last month MAF pilot Sean Cannon (Palangkaraya base – Kalimantan, Indonesia) was busy training pilot Isaac Rogers who had just transferred from Tarakan. This is the first of two posts about Sean and Isaac’s adventures in training.

After Isaac completed his first solo flight, we still needed to work at some of our more challenging places […]