Project information

Electronic Flight Bags for Flight Training Centre

To meet international aviation standards, MAF pilots need to be trained to use electronic flight bags – a tablet device which has revolutionised the way pilots can manage the functions previously completed using paper. It also will enable 7kg of extra life-saving cargo to be carried on each flight

Once the funds have been raised, the electronic flight bags (EFBs) will be purchased. Training will begin as soon as the EFBs have been received and will be ongoing, as new pilots come through the training centre.

Charity information: Mission Aviation Fellowship

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  • Need


    MAF’s Flight Training Centre (FTC) in northern Australia, provides ideal weather conditions for training and preparing our pilots to fly in some of the world’s most remote and isolated areas. To meet the latest international aviation standards, the FTC requires two EFBs per aircraft (one as mandatory inflight spare), in order to train new pilots before they start flying into some of the world’s most isolated areas. Two spare devices will also be required in case of device failures.


    The purchase of the EFBs for the MAF Flight Training Centre, will enable pilots to be trained in the latest technology and ensure they are compliant with the latest regulatory and safety standards, before they start flying urgently needed help into remote and isolated areas of the developing world.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure we are compliant with international aviation regulations


    » Purchase EFBs for the MAF Flight Training Centre, and roll them out across all MAF aircraft worldwide

    What success will look like

    All MAF aircraft have EFBs and all necessary staff have received full training

    Aim 2

    Improve systems for controlling and updating operational documents


    » EFBs will increase quality control by better and more prompt document updates

    What success will look like

    Improved systems for controlling and updating operational documents, including less paperwork

    Aim 3

    To prepare pilots for flying in difficult situations by teaching the safe use of modern aviation


    » EFBs will ensure higher quality of training by integration of modern resources

    What success will look like

    Improved lesson plans and student records.

    Aim 4

    To calculate reliable safety critical aircraft performance figures


    » EFBs will ensure that safety-critical information is more easily accessible

    What success will look like

    To provide flights in a safe and timely manner, and the capacity to carry 7kg extra life-saving cargo on each flight where required.

    Aim 5

    To save human life and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable people in the developing world


    » EFBs will enable safe flights to help isolated and vulnerable communities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be meeting the demand for flights from partner organisations to bring help and hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

  • Impact


    The purchase of EFBs will ensure that flight safety information will be more accessible and decision-making more reliable. This will maximise the functionality of MAFs existing aircraft systems ensuring isolated communities continue to access humanitarian aid and development – ensuring that no one is left behind. For example, MAF will continue to work with NGOs such as Action Africa Help who support 124 health facilities in South Sudan. MAF flies staff, medicine and supplies to the hospital.


    The risks include: the pace of technological development; Civil Aviation Authority regulations restricting or prohibiting the use of EFBs; fluctuating exchange rates. These are mitigated by: an expected life cycle of four years per device; the use of EFBs in Mareeba is in line with Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority; exchange rates are monitored regularly.


    Donors to this project will receive a report on the project detailing the training which has been undertaken by trainee pilots using the EFBs, or at intervals as requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,642

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,578 iPad Mini 4 Electronic flight bag
      £1,064 Protective covers and mount Heavy duty covers to protect from potentially harsh working environment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust £3,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    MAF’s Flight Training Centre is located in northern Australia, as it provides ideal weather conditions and environment for flight training, to prepare pilots for remote-area (‘bush’) operations in countries across the developing world.


    Each year, through our planes and partnerships, physical care reaches over one million people who would otherwise remain out of reach. For example, MAF supports over 100 NGOs in South Sudan, enabling them to work in remote areas where the most disadvantaged live. By reducing travel time we multiply the effectiveness of those we fly. Each flight carries solutions to address the need; overcoming barriers it is those living in rural areas who will receive help that would otherwise be out of reach.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MAF has been operating since 1949 and has a long-term commitment to help meet the many needs in war-torn, remote and forgotten parts of the world. MAF’s operations have the support of government officials, the Civil Aviation Authority and the NGO community. Currently, MAF works in active partnership with more than 2,000 different organisations across the globe, who depend on us for their continued support and growth of remote communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Thomas Beyeler

    Flight Training Centre Operations Manager

MAF has played a key role in supplementing Action Africa Help’s services. We are now able to deliver medical supplies in time to our health facilities and more easily move key staff during an emergency response.

Arita Job, Action Health Africa