Today, IAMA finds itself in a very different environment than it did when mission aviation first took flight.
IAMA is a member-based not-for-profit (501C3) organization consisting of over 50 schools and sending organizations. All of these entities subscribe to our common Statement of Faith and aspire to use our God-given resources to share the love of Christ to the world around us.
Flying with a Purpose
It is specifically our purpose to encourage our members in their role in mission aviation by providing networking opportunities, facilitating the preparation of individuals for mission aviation service, and promoting the welfare of members by Representing them and acting as a liaison to the general public, Fund Raising, & Providing other services as deemed suitable
Flight and Maintenance schools
We provide resources to help equip pilots and aircraft mechanics as they serve Christ around the globe.
Candidates & Students
Learn how IAMA can help you make the most of you ministry in aviation.
Organizations & Aviators/Mechanics
We are a group of committed pilots from across the globe comprised of schools and ministry organizations.
Find out how you can make a difference in missionary aviation as a corporate sponsor.
Remains to see its members work together in perfect harmony, collaborate in strategic planning, share expertise and resources, spur one another towards excellence, and serve one another without unnecessary duplication.
Following World War II, several American aviators returned to the United States with a desire in their hearts to use aviation in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the globe. That desire gave birth to the first mission aviation effort in the United States, known then as Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship (CAMF).
Today, it is known as Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). The first flights were in a Waco biplane, and served Bible translators with the Summer Institute of Linguistics in southern Mexico. The pilot of those first flights was a remarkable woman named Betty Greene. Since those early days in the late 1940s, mission aviation has grown significantly.
MAF was joined in this specialized area of aviation by dozens of other mission agencies that use aviation to advance the Gospel, provide medical care, and meet humanitarian needs. Several hundred airplanes and helicopters are operated in some of the most challenging conditions faced by aviators anywhere.
The International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) was formed to bring these agencies together in the spirit of professional collaboration. IAMA fosters a community of Christian airmen whose hallmarks are safety and technical competence. Today, IAMA’s membership includes more than seventy mission agencies, training schools, and individuals. Members work together to bring the transforming message of Jesus Christ to people living in places that are remote and very difficult-to-access.
IAMA Statement of Faith:
All Full Members of IAMA subscribe to this Statement of Faith.
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
- We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6).
- We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, which is to say He is Himself very God; His virgin birth, perfect life, redeeming death, bodily Resurrection, heavenly intercession and His personal return. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15).
- We believe the universal sinfulness and guilt of mankind, rendering all subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. The necessity of new birth as the work of God the Holy Spirit, to be obtained only by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, through faith, not by works; by whose sacrificial death atonement was made for the sins of the whole world and whereby alone men are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin. ((Romans 3:10, 23 John 3:3; John 14:6; Acts 13:38-39; John 3:16)
- We believe the spiritual unity of all believers as comprising the true Church; The supreme mission being to glorify God and to preach the gospel to every person. (Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8).