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intern with aim air 2022

AIM AIR offers internships for individuals and families interested in learning more about missionary aviation. Internships for flight and aircraft maintenance are available. We invite you to experience what God is doing in East Africa. You will interact with the AIM AIR team, learning more about AIM’s mission and vision while engaging in cross cultural ministry. You will also participate in an upcountry flight, a multi-day overnight experience to a rural location.


Next Up:

Summer 2022 Flight / Maintenance Internship (2-3 Weeks)

Fall 2022 Maintenance Internship (1-3 months) 

For more information on cost, timing, and location, please contact your local AIM sending office. Applications are required. Interns must be 18 years of age or older.

Minimum qualifications include:


Private Pilot Certificate (or higher)


A&P Certificate or enrolled in a formal aircraft maintenance training program



We are missionaries too. Partnering with AIM is not a form of employment. We come from various countries and raise our own financial support to volunteer in our roles. Our team is a broad mix of skills, personality, and experience; sharing a common vision for ministry in Africa.

We have an ongoing need for more personnel with the skills and the heart for this work. This includes, but is not limited to: Pilots, Mechanics, Avionics Technicians, Administrative Personnel, Media Gurus, Fund Raising Experts, and Short-term volunteers.

Full term. Short term. Summer internships. For more information about technical requirements or current opportunities please contact one of our mobilizers.

Minimum technical requirements for full-term service with AIM AIR


  • Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating
  • A minimum of 500 hours total flight time
  • A minimum of 350 hours as Pilot in Command
  • A minimum of 100 hours in high-performance aircraft
  • 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Mechanic Certificate with both Airframe & Powerplant Ratings (US applicants)
  • Successful completion of an approved Flight and Maintenance Technical Evaluation and Orientation

Maintenance Technician

  • Mechanic Certificate with both Airframe & Powerplant Ratings
  • 1 year of experience within the last seven years on general aviation aircraft
  • Successful completion of a Maintenance Technical Evaluation and Orientation

Avionics Technician

  • General Class Amateur Radio License (or equivalent)
  • Completed electronics training at an approved school or have compensating experience, including training, in electronics repair, maintenance or design facility. Training and/or experience will be considered by AIM AIR on an individual basis.
  • Successful completion of a Avionics Technical Evaluation and Orientation

Maintenance Specialist

  • Inspection Authorization (IA) from FAA or CAA ‘A’ and ‘C’ licenses and a ‘B’ or a ‘D’ license (or equivalent signing authority)
  • 3 years experience within the last seven years on general aviation aircraft
  • Complete a maintenance evaluation and orientation as specified by AIM AIR

Avionics Specialist

  • General Radiotelephone Operator License (or equivalent)
  • General Class Amateur Radio License (or equivalent)
  • Aircraft Mechanic Certificate with Airframe License
  • Completed avionics training at an approved school or have compensating experience, including training, in a licensed avionics repair facility. Details of training and/or experience must be forwarded to AIM AIR for review
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in the last five years in general aviation avionics repair or avionics installations
  • Successful completion of a Avionics Technical Evaluation and Orientation

Administrative/Support Personnel

Personnel with experience in aviation management, finance, accounting, information technology, office & administrative skills, flight scheduling, inventory, and logistics are needed. Short-term or long-term opportunities in these areas may be available at any time and should be communicated from AIM AIR management to AIM recruiters and partner organizations.

What’s a TE and a TO?

The AIM AIR Technical Evaluation is a 10-day assessment of a candidate’s technical abilities, including both flight and maintenance skills, as applicable. The TE is not just another check ride. Rather, it is a very thorough, skill-oriented “employment interview.” It is a whole-person evaluation covering everything from pre-flight to tie down, and for the mechanic everything from opening the shop in the morning to lockup at night.

Some key characteristics of successful missionary pilots and mechanics: professionalism, proficiency, PIC mentality, knowledge, teachability, and good judgment. TE’s run throughout the year and must be scheduled by the AIM AIR Representative after the candidate has met the above license and experience requirements. The Technical Orientation typically takes place the year after a candidate successfully completes his TE. The TO is a 16-week training course on how to safely get the most performance out of a Cessna 206, and how to maintain it in the mission environment. The Technical Orientation training takes place twice a year.

Both of these events are held at the JAARS Center, Waxhaw, NC. The actual evaluation and training is carried out by JAARS staff under the direction of and in consultation with an AIM AIR representative. Successful completion of both events are requirements for all AIM AIR pilots and mechanics.


AIM AIR’s main base of operation is at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Here we house a flight and maintenance program as well as administrative offices. Teammates live in various locations throughout the city. We also have a remote base in Arua, Uganda that is positioned closer to missionaries that work beyond the end of the road. It is a large town bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AIM AIR is a lifeline to those who work alongside the church in East and Central Africa.

AIM AIR Mobilizer
Contact Ted Rurup
AIM AIR is a crucial component of our work. Without their assistance, we would be unable to keep food and fuel supplies running to keep our missionaries on the field. Without their willingness to face dangers head on, we would be unable to evacuate our people when the situations reach breaking points. And without their compassion, we would be unable to help our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in their greatest moments of need.

— Joel (AIM Central Region Leadership)