Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:

"What kind of opportunities are there for pilots, airplane mechanics, and other aviation specialists to serve in missions?"

"Check out the International Association of Missionary Aviation."

Answer from staff.

Get a good overview of who's who in mission aviation from the International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA). It's a network of about mission agencies, training institutions, and individuals involved in aviation. The website includes articles on what it takes to be successful in mission aviation, a day in the life of a pilot/mechanic, and a list of opportunities. You can even post your resume there. IAMA also has a newsletter and holds annual conferences.

Mission aviation often involves working for a mission agency, flying small planes, and going into remote locations. But some Christian pilots and mechanics also work in "tentmaking" roles employed by commercial airlines.

For a discussion of the need for aviation specialists in today's world, see also Davis Interview: Missions and Aviation (Propel).

Becoming a pilot may seem an unattainable dream or a daunting task, but many kinds of training are available. See, for example, the Mission Aviation Flight Training Academy.

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