Yes, they are - very comprehensively. CASA safety regulations require Comprehensive Third Party and Professional Indemnity and Liability Insurance in place, as well as Hangarkeepers Liability insurance covering airside operations, aircraft and trainee pilots.
Yes, however you must be 15 years of age to fly solo and you should meet all the medical requirements. There is no upper age limit to learning to fly either.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) age requirements at the time you are ready to undergo a flight test is as follows:
Recreational Pilot Licence – 16 yrs
Private Pilot Licence – 17 yrs
Commercial Pilot Licence – 18 yrs
No, all that we ask is that your account remains in sufficient credit with us. Just maintain a pre-agreed upon account balance of $1,500 so that there are no delays to in your flight training.
If you wish to pay upfront appropriate levels of discounts will apply and to qualifying students funding may be available for flight training.
Yes. Before your first solo, you must undergo a medical conducted by a CASA approved medical practitioner, aka Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME). See the table below for the medical certificate required for your course:
Place an application with us, gain admission, meet all the flight training requirements and qualify for your Australian Pilot Licence issued by CASA.
All pilot training courses are competency-based. The cost to obtain a licence is solely dependent on how well you demonstrate competent performance consistently to your flight instructors.
Everyone’s learning experience is different and the table below is an estimation of time required for each licence(s):
Minimum Aeronautical Experience for the Flight Test
Actual Flying Hours for the Flight Test
Estimated Completion Time
25 Hrs of aeronautical experience in total which consists of 2 Hrs of instrument time and 5 Hrs as pilot-in command (PIC)
between 1 and 6 months
40 Hrs of aeronautical experience in total which consists of 2 Hrs of instrument time, 5 Hrs of solo cross country flight time and 10 Hrs as PIC
25+ Hrs (in addition to the RPL Hrs)
between 3 and 12 months
200 Hrs of aeronautical experience in total which consists of 10 Hrs instrument time, 20 Hrs solo cross country flight time and 100 Hrs as PIC
between 8 and 20 months
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Flight training rates vary depending upon the type of lessons and the aircraft used for training. Flying lessons range from $250 to $685 per hour depending on the aerodrome location and lesson requirements.
All pilot training courses are competency-based. The cost to obtain a licence is solely dependent on how well you demonstrate competent performance consistently to your flight instructors. Everyone’s learning experience is different, and the total flying time required will be much less if you fly regularly, perhaps up to five times a week! In other words, the more frequently you fly, the sooner you’d get your licence with less cost attached, as you require less revision! Generally, the estimated total cost to get your licence(s) is as follows:
No there is no age limitation when learning to fly. However, a realistic age expectation is at least 14 years old, because you need to be able to reach the rudder pedals and see over the dashboard of the aircraft. You must be 15 years old for your first solo. Students over 40 years old also have a shorter time of validity with your medical certificate, up to 24 months. A valid medical certificate is mandatory to fly solo, sit for your flight tests. There are different levels of medical certificates required to carry more than one passenger such as Class 1, 2, Basic 2 and RAMPC.
These are your basic licenses:
There are also various endorsements and ratings you may add to your pilot licence, such as Recreational Navigation (RPNA) endorsement, Night VFR endorsement, Multi Engine Aeroplane Class Rating (ME), Instrument Rating (IR), Flight Instructor rating (FIR) and more! Contact us now for further information.
We require that all career-path students wear their uniforms whilst at the academy. You are intending to become a Commercial Pilot and should take on such a responsibility as soon as you start!
We try to make every effort to keep you with the same instructor. However, there are occasions when you will fly with senior instructors for periodic stage checks during your progress. We aim to keep you learning with one or two main instructors throughout your training for familiarity, consistency and confidence.