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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)
Training School

Since the early 1990's Flying Mission (FM) has been licensed in Botswana to have an aircraft maintenance operation. Since this time our aviation department (Flying Mission Services) has been performing maintenance on its own aircraft as well as on other owner operators' aircraft. In keeping with the desire of FM to empower local people whenever possible, FM began looking for a way to train nationals in the specialised trade of aircraft maintenance. Initially qualified candidates were enrolled in a school in South Africa with the intention that they would return to work with FM for two years at the completion of their studies. Struggling with the results of this training program, FM began to explore the idea of starting its own Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) School. In 2004 this dream became a reality as the first class of students entered the program. As the only Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) training program in Botswana, the school was formed to produce quality engineers of strong character who would be free to serve with other companies in the country or region.

Maintaining aircraft is a highly specialised job that requires precise technical knowledge and skills. Over the two year course of study, the students receive training applicable to both fixed wing and rotary aircraft, covering a wide range of subjects, with emphasis on developing practical skills. It combines theory and a considerable amount of "hands-on" training while working under the supervision of licensed AMEs. Upon completion of the course work, the students spend time studying for the three required Botswana Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensing exams. After successfully passing these tests, they receive a "basic" AME license, which enables them to seek employment as an engineer and serves as the foundation for all future license ratings.

Our core values:

  • Highest quality education
  • Biblical values and standards
  • Development of well-rounded individuals
  • Emphasis on practical training

Although the primary goal of the program is to train qualified engineers, FM AME Training School also desires the development of well-rounded individuals who will be contributing members of society. During the students' time at the school, they are involved in daily devotional sessions with FM's Gaborone-based aviation personnel and attend weekly lifestyle classes with various speakers covering different themes. Over time, FM personnel often form strong personal relationships with many of the students.

The first class completed the AME course in March 2006, all the students were employed by an aviation company in northern Botswana as aircraft maintenance engineers. Since that time, 38 students have succesfully completed the course, 27 have graduated, and 11 will graduate by early 2016.

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"We would like to express our appreciation to Flying Mission for giving <the students> a chance to follow a dream in a local environment. We would like to see more young people following in their footsteps."

~ Letter excerpt from the employer of two AME School graduates.

The need for aviation services in Botswana and Southern Africa continues to grow. With the endorsement given by Botswana's Civil Aviation Authority to the FM AME Training School, we have the opportunity to help advance aviation education services in Botswana. While we are excited about the future, the growth of the school has been hindered by the small facility currently being leased. The FM AME Training School has requested a plot of land at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone on which to build a larger facility.