MAF Future Pilot Programme

Have you got what it takes?

Future Pilot Programme (FPP)

MAF UK is excited to be rolling out a sponsored pilot training programme to assist people with a passion for mission aviation to join MAF and serve overseas.

If you’re successful, we will help you achieve the theoretical knowledge and practical experience necessary to obtain a Commercial Pilots Licence and a Command Instrument Rating.

You will then go on to serve in an MAF programme in either the Africa or Asia-Pacific region.

There are five steps through the training programme, each of which must be completed to an acceptable standard within the allotted time frame as determined by our training staff.

Financial assistance
Training agreement
Training base
Training programme length

The Training Scheme

There are 5 key stages in the journey:

FPP Event

Interested parties must register and attend an information event so they fully understand MAF’s training programme. Applications can then be made through our website. Selection will be made using a series of interviews and assessments. The final stage will include flight assessments at our preferred training centre.

PPL Theory
PPL Training
Experience Building

Selected trainees will complete their Private Pilots Licence (PPL) and practical experience building through MATC, our preferred flight training centre, located at Teuge Airport in the Netherlands.

MAF Assessment
CPL / ATPL Theory

Following successful completion of the BUILD phase, trainees must pass an MAF assessment before commencing advanced theory and proceeding to further flight training.

IFR Training
IFR Experience Building
CPL Training
Advanced Flight Training

Trainees commence flight training full-time and must successfully pass each component before moving on to the next.

Bible College
MAFI Orientation
Security Training

Following completion of the flight components, trainees complete a short residential Bible college course, induction, and security training before overseas deployment.

Educational and other requirements

The completion of A-level mathematics and physics at grade B and above
A vibrant Christian faith and the support of a local church community
Aged 18+ at the time of application
Mature, disciplined and motivated, with a high degree of technical aptitude and a strong indication of resilience
A keen interest in aviation and christian mission
The ability to pass and hold a Class 1 EASA medical certificate
Unrestricted right to live and work in the UK.

Application and selection

Attend an MAF FPP information event
Complete the online application form found on our vacancies page on the MAF UK website
Attend interviews to explore Christian faith, maturity, character and calling
Complete a medical and psychological assessment
Complete technical evaluations
Applications close for the following year on 30 August.

Attendance and performance

Accepted trainees are required to maintain excellent attendance and to perform consistently well in the theoretical and practical aspects of the programme. Movement from one stage to the next is dependent on satisfactory completion in an acceptable time frame. Trainees are also expected to adhere to the standards of behaviour outlined in MAF’s Conduct Policy. Failure to maintain acceptable standards may result in their participation in the scheme being concluded.

Bible college

After completing both the theoretical and practical components, candidates will be required to attend a ten-week residential course at Bible college.

Support raising

All trainees will be required to raise a proportion of what it costs to undertake training and serve overseas. MAF UK has a dedicated support person who will assist trainees in this process. Though it may sound a little daunting, most applicants achieve their financial targets within the allotted time frame. Minimum targets need to be attained before training can begin.

Limited places

The number of places each year is limited, so the application process is highly competitive. To be considered, applicants must attend an MAF Future Pilot Programme information event.

Additional resources

Download the Future Pilot Programme Brochure, the Job Description and the Guidance for applicants below.


Closing date: 31 July 2024

The selection process will commence in September each year for applications in the year following.  The process will include interviews, technical evaluations, and the completion of medical and psychological assessments.

Application Process:

If after prayerfully considering the information in these documents please complete the online application process. If you have questions during this process, feel free to drop us an email.

Applicants must be resident in the UK or Ireland and have the support of their local home Church in order to apply to MAF UK for this training opportunity.

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