AIR WING AFM
 
Located at Luqa Airport, the AFM's Air Wing is the aerial component of the Force. The Wing lends itself to all deployments of air assets in various roles and missions in order to maintain the territorial integrity of the Maltese Islands.

 This is achieved by providing;
 
Maritime Surveillance & Border Control Missions
Search and rescue on land and at sea, 
MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) and CASEVAC (Casualty evacuation) 
VIP & military conveyances,
Reconnaissance including Aerial photography & filming,
Security escort and limited fire support,
Transportation of troops.


Air Wing personnel and assets are ready to deploy on a 24/7 basis as instructed by the AFM's Operations Centre or the AFM’s Rescue Coordination Centre.
 
  •  Wing Headquarters
The Air Wing Headquarters is tasked with command, control, and coordination of the Unit's squadrons, in order to ensure Unit readiness to respond to various operational requirements, both locally and overseas. 
The Air Wing's Commanding Officer is Lieutenant Colonel James Thomas Grech.
  •  Headquarters Squadron
The Headquarters Squadron provides logistical and service support to the other sub-units of the AFM Air Wing. Responsible for transport management, logistics procurement, and human resources administration required for the Unit's daily duties and commitments. The Integrated Logistics Division within the Headquarters Squadron is tasked with ensuring of the stocking up of all aircraft parts.
  •     Operations Squadron
This is the operative element of the Unit, which fulfils the function of Air Wing and is divided into four sub sections:

The Fixed Wing Flight
Handles Fixed Wing aircraft operations which include, but not limited, to coastal and offshore patrolling, surveillance operations, sighting and reporting of irregular migration at sea and interdiction, fisheries patrols, and several other varied flight duties.
 
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Rotary Wing Flight handles all Rotary operations, ranging from coastal and offshore patrolling, Law enforcement and Maritime Interdiction Operations, offshore casualty evacuation, Search and Rescue, as well as Air ambulance. Rotary Wing Flight performs both purely Military roles such as support to troops and conveyances whilst also being able to provide assistance to other government entities as required.
 
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Rescue Section is a section of highly motivated soldiers, capable of performing all kinds of rescues on land or out at sea. Each Rescuer is qualified in first aid, life saving, and other specialist skills. A high level of physical fitness is required. 
 
 
  
Air Operator Section

The Air Operator Section is a section with soldiers who are formed into airmen and specialise in Mission System Operations on both Fixed and Rotary Wing enabling them to maximise the sensor equipment on the state of the art aircraft and gather the information necessary from the areas of Operations. The Air Operators are responsible for the conduct of all Cabin Operations onboard all the aircraft that the Air Wing fleet is comprised of. 

Support Squadron
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The Support Squadron maintains all the aircraft types on inventory ready to be scrambled into the air at a moment's notice. The Support Squadron, understandably, is the largest section within the unit. 

Maintenance schedules and procedures are strictly adhered to, so as to ensure a safe flight environment especially during emergency missions.  Varying levels of maintenance work is routinely carried out ranging from relatively simple pre-flight inspections to aircraft overhaul and refurbishment.

The Aircraft Technicians perform daily scheduled or unscheduled pre-flight inspections and modifications, to rectify any faults. Technicians also form part of flight crews, operating sophisticated equipment on board helicopters such as winch-hoist operations on rescue-helicopters. 
 
The ground crew personnel are responsible for aircraft and equipment handling on the ground, emergency firefighting, aircraft marshalling, aircraft towing, aircraft refuelling, and other essential line duties.

The Support Squadron Aircraft Documentation Office keeps track on the Aircraft Daily State of availability besides updating the maintenance manuals. Airworthiness Directives are tracked and archived as they become available from various local and overseas aviation authorities and administrations. Maintenance schedules must be strictly adhered to in order to ensure a safe flight environment. The office staff, track acquisition of technical manuals and revisions, and prepare 'Certificate of Airworthiness' inspections of all aircraft.


AIRWING NATIONAL AWARD​
On 13 December 2013, the Airwing of the Armed Forces of Malta was awarded the 'Midalja Ghal Qadi tar-Repubblika' (MQR) service medal by H.E. Dr George Abela President of Malta.
It was also the second time that an AFM Regiment was decorated with this honour in the history of the Armed Forces of Malta.