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From Switzerland to Australia – how Lukas began his career as a pilot

Student pilot, Lukas Schmid has recently graduated from the Diploma of Aviation program offered by Aviation Australia in association with Mission Aviation Fellowship International (MAF). He is joining MAF as a mission pilot in the Northern Territory.

Lukas Schmid began his diploma in January 2017 when he made the move to Mareeba, Australia from Switzerland with his wife.

“It was a dream since I was a child to become a mission pilot, I have always had a passion for flying and wanted to help the less privileged people by working as a pilot,” said Lukas.

“Before I started my training with Aviation Australia and MAF, I had no experience at all, yet now I am living my dream as a commercial pilot with an IFR rating.”

Aviation Australia has maintained a partnership with MAF for three years, enabling student pilots to attain a CASA Australia Commercial Pilot’s Licence and Instrument Rating upon graduation.

The partnership has provided positive outcomes for the Queensland aviation industry, particularly in light of the current pilot shortage in Australia.

“Throughout the current pilot shortage, Aviation Australia is very proud to have this partnership with MAF in place, enabling quality and well-educated graduates to fill positions at national and local airlines, as well as within developing areas,” said Bill Horrocks, Chief Executive Officer, Aviation Australia.

Lukas is currently preparing for his first assignment with MAF in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, where he will experience his first job as a commercial pilot working with indigenous communities.

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