Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a global movement. Its Christian ministry started in 1945 when a group of Second World War pilots came together with a shared vision to use aviation to bring love, hope and healing to isolated people. Since that time MAF has grown to operate a fleet of 135 light aircraft, 2000+ aviation professionals, in 30+ countries. Now for countless communities around the world, the sight and sound of an MAF airplane symbolizes hope. It may be bringing caring hands, vaccinations, food, school books, mosquito nets, building supplies, or the best chance of reaching urgent medical facilities. Many doctors, teachers, relief and development workers, and government officials working in remote locations could not do their jobs as effectively without MAF.
In the early 1980s MAF was invited by the Bangladesh Flying Club to assist in the operation of two amphibian aircraft for the purpose of conducting medevac missions. During this time, it was discovered that a small aircraft general charter service can have a positive impact on the development of remote communities. In the 1990s MAF again responded to a request from the Bangladesh Flying Club for assistance in providing humanitarian relief flights in response to a natural disaster. This developed into further partnered with the Flying Club to provide training and consultation in maintenance and flight.
Through these joint venture projects, MAF realized the benefit of a long term program that would provide a dedicated flight service remote areas of Bangladesh. In 1995 MAF registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau as an NGO. MAF Bangladesh is a subsidiary of MAF International, registered as a charity in England and Wales with support offices in the UK and Australia, and is an affiliate partner with MAF USA.
In 1997 MAF was issued an Air Transport Operating License and began operating the only seaplane in Bangladesh. Offering a unique flight service within the country, the MAF amphibious Cessna Caravan (8 passenger) can access countless remote water-landing sites throughout Bangladesh. MAF provides on-demand charter and shuttle flights specifically designed to support humanitarian and development activities in remote areas.
MAF Bangladesh is privately funded by donations through MAF International and user contributions. MAF also receives funding from the American people through USAID’s Leaving No One Behind Activity; and from the British people through UK aid’s Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness and Response programme.
We value ministry that transforms lives and multiplies the effectiveness of those we serve, seizing opportunities to serve the living God in a fast- changing world.
We value Christ-like behaviour in the way we work and relate to one another and to those we serve. We have respect and care for all people and have compassion for those in need. We are sensitive to cultural differences and have a servant attitude.
We value integrity, professionalism, safety and competence in all areas and believe that all our work should honour and glorify Christ.
We value the strength and diversity that co-operation and collaboration bring and partner with those who share our beliefs and values.
We value the wise use of our resources and carefully balance the benefits of investments with the costs involved.
We value the personal and spiritual wellbeing of our people. We respect, care and pray for one another.
We operate an amphibious Cessna Caravan (C208). The Cessna Caravan is know for its rugged utility and flexibility, and is recognized worldwide as one of the best in class. When fitted with amphibious floats it is the ideal aircraft for operations in Bangladesh with the ability to utilize the extensive waterways in the country.
Max Takeoff Weight: 3792Kg
Maximum Occupants: Max 8 passengers
Max Cruise Speed: 165 knots at 10,000ft
Max Operating Altitude: 20,000ft
Operating Environment: Certified for single pilot day/night/IFR and operations from land and water