Flying Mission Academy, Botswana

Flying Mission Academy Botswana

About Us

The Flying Mission began as the personal vision of Dr. Malcolm McArthur OBE, FRCS. Through his work with the Scottish Livingstone Hospital, and later Princess Marina, he perceived the great advantage of air transport to service medical and mission work in rural areas of Botswana. In 1977 this vision became a reality and FM was formally constituted to help meet needs in desert areas. In 1980 it was registered as a charity in Botswana (NGO Number: CR 0603).

The work of Flying Mission Services, as the Botswana aviation department later came to be known, had grown from one aircraft and one pilot to a fleet of aircraft and sought to fulfil its vision to serve southern Africa through aviation excellence. It provided air ambulance and chartered flight services out of its bases at Sir Sereste Khama International Airport in Gaborone, and Maun. It also had an aircraft maintenance department that serviced its own fleet, as well as planes for other aviation companies and individuals.

When the AIDS epidemic became prevalent in Botswana in the 1990s,Tthe Flying Mission felt challenged to join efforts to tackle this issue, so in 1999 they set up an HIV/AIDS department, which later came to be called Flying Mission Care Ministries (FMC).

​In 2008 The Flying Mission established Botswana’s first Aviation Maintenance Engineer Training School (FM-AMETS) which has continued to grow since. Today, the Botswana Government funds 80% of the FM-AMETS students.

Botswana Flying Mission School of Engineering

Flying Mission-Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training School

FM–AMETS is the only Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in Botswana. The institution offers a two year Diploma programme in the Science of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering majoring in Airframe, Powerplant & Avionics with a total of 270 credits. Moreover, the school offers training that has been accredited by the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB).

Courses Offered by the Flying Mission School, Botswana

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training (AMET) Programme

About the AMET Programme

The AME Training Programme Information

​Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) course of instruction consists of both theoretical and practical skills segments divided into nine interrelated study modules:

Basic Subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Air Regulations & Aerodynamics)

Fundamentals of Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Structures

Aircraft Maintenance Practices

Aircraft Systems



Aircraft Electrics/Avionics

Attachment to Approved Maintenance Organisations

​On completion of classroom tutorials, to further enhance practical skills, in depth expertise, requisite knowledge and inculcate relevant attitudes students are sent on attachment to various AMOs. This helps to expose learners to the real work environment, maintenance procedures, processes and both quality and safety management systems undertaken by aircraft maintenance engineers to uphold aircraft airworthiness and comprehensive safety management system.

​Upon successful completion of the AME programme, graduates qualify for Botswana Civil Aviation licensing examination process offered by the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. Attainment of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering License is the foundation for all engineering ratings and licenses which are the gateway to the aircraft maintenance engineering profession.

Life Skills

​Although the primary goal of the programme is to train potential aircraft maintenance engineers, FM–AMETS develops well-rounded individuals who are able to make a positive contribution to the society at large. During the students’ time at the school, they are taught life-skills to hone their attitude and character to enable them to adequately face the challenges of life outside of normal engineering duties. The life skills sessions covers the five primary dimensions of a person; the emotional part, the mental part, the physical part, the social part and the spiritual part.

FM-AMETS Qualification

Upon completing the two year diploma programme at FM–AMETS, graduates are adequately equipped to prepare for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence (AMEL) and ratings examinations conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB), or other International Civil Authority Organization (ICAO) Contracting State, for entry into the AME employment market with either Air Operators, Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) or Maintenance Repair Organisations (MROs). Alternatively, graduates possess a strong foundation upon which to proceed to further study or advanced qualification.

Our Instructors

FM–AMETS instructors are all time-served qualified aircraft maintenance engineers. A well-furnished institutional hangar houses demonstration aircraft as well as a properly equipped workshop, where students apply classroom theory in an authentic aircraft maintenance environment.

Professional bodies in the global industry set the benchmark for our quality standards. We then ensure that these standards are built into our course under the supervision of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana thus giving our students the best chance of obtaining their Aircraft Maintenance Engineers License and access to the aviation job market after successful completion of the training.



To be a training institute of eminence in aircraft maintenance engineering and civil aviation programmes premised on efficiency and effectiveness to produce graduates that are a market-fit on both technical prowess and professional conduct.

FM-AMETS Mission

We exist to provide accredited training in aircraft maintenance engineering and civil aviation in a serene learning environment using qualified instructors and technology that is commensurate with the industry’s prevailing trends.


INTEGRITY: Guided by our Christian principles, we engage with our stakeholders with respect and sincerity while acknowledging our missteps and always striving to do better than yesterday.

​QUALITY: We commit to deliver supreme needs-based training as a conscious response to prevailing, projected and perceived trends.

​EXCELLENCE: We aim to execute our training, research and operations function with supreme fluency.

​TEAMWORK: We understand the synergy created by working together and realize the strength generated by our diversity as we pursue organisation vision.

Admission Requirements of the Flying Mission Academy Botswana

In order to be eligible for admission into the AME programme, a candidate must have obtained the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or equivalent with a minimum of ‘Credit’ in Physics, Mathematics, and English. Mature entrants with relevant practical experience may be considered on merit. All applicants are required to complete an initial evaluation exercise prior to acceptance onto the course. Evaluation consists of interviews and aptitude tests.

Admission Guide

How to apply to the Flying Mission Academy Botswana


  • Minimum qualification for admittance to Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Programme at Flying Mission Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training School (FM-AMETS) is Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or equivalent with a minimum of a Credit in Physics, Mathematics and English.
  • The cut-off point for Government Sponsorship will be as determined by the Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF).
  • Mature entry applicants with relevant work experience may be considered on merit.
  • All applicants will undergo a selection process that includes an aptitude test and oral interviews where applicable.
  • Applications not meeting the above minimum qualifications will not be acceded to.

1. Complete the Application Form by hand printing neatly or typing.

2. Attach certified copies of all relevant Certificates, Identity Document, Testimonials and References.

3. Applicants who have been out of formal education for more than two years must provide proof/evidence of occupation during that period (e.g. letter from employer or parent).

4. Applicants who qualify will be short-listed and invited to participate in an Aptitude Test and Oral Interview. Only those candidates who pass the Aptitude Test and Oral Interview will be enrolled.

Apply to:

The Head of Training FM-AMETS (Pty) Ltd

P. O. Box 165 AAH

Gaborone Botswana

Telephone: 267 3939347

Fax: 267 3939357


Admission Forms

Flying Mission Academy Botswana Application Form

If you meet the eligibility criteria, and would like to apply to train with the FM-AMETS, use the following link to download the application form. After completing the form, follow the instructions within for submission.

Contact Details

Postal Address:

​Physical Address:

Plot 4993A, The Village


PO Box 1022


Tel: (+267) 391 2981