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Trial Introductory Flight

The first step in taking up flying, as a career or just for pleasure, is to undertake a Trial Instructional Flight, or TIF. This trial flight will assist you, often along with a few initial lessons, to decide whether you want to continue flying training. Your instructor will also be able to make an assessment of your potential to handle an aircraft and advise you accordingly.

The Airline Academy offers TIFs by appointment.

This is your chance to check us out; to meet some of the instructors, tour our facilities, to see and feel what it is like to fly one of our aircraft hands-on.

A Trial Instructional Flight includes:

  • A tour of our fleet and facilities
  • Your own flying instructor who can answer your questions
  • Demonstration of a pre-flight inspection
  • A basic explanation of the aircraft instruments and controls
  • Taxying and flying the aircraft under the guidance of your instructor
  • 25 minutes flight lesson in a Cessna 172N model aircraft (can be logged as an actual flying lesson)
  • A debrief on completion of the flight
  • Free package of information on flying training

There is no obligation to commence flying training after a TIF!

Learn to Fly | Starter Package

If you’re sure aviation is for you but you’re not quite ready to commit to a full course.
The Learn to Fly- Starter Package is a great place to start. Here you will complete your first three lessons
and develop your basic aviation skills. Each lesson will be recorded in your logbook and hours can be counted
for Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot Licence.

Effects of Control
First you will start in the classroom and cover the theory of the basic effects of control, then step a real dual controlled aircraft and demonstrate how an aircraft behaves in the air, what happens when the aircraft slows down, speeds up, climbs, descends, how to read your altitude, airspeed and much more.

Straight & Level 
Straight and Level is your second lesson and the most often used. Once you have completed the takeoff and climbed out of the airport, you will be looking forward to level off at an altitude and cruise for however long you want before coming down to land. This takes up maximum time of your flying experience and is considered one of the most enjoyable parts of flying.

Climbing & Descending
In this lesson you will learn different ways to achieve a climb and descend. After takeoff the first thing you will do is climb out and depending on circumstances, like obstacles and runway length, you will choose to climb out at different attitudes. You will learn 3 types of climbs, best angle of climb, best rate of climb and cruise climb. On ground you will learn different application of these and how to achieve it. Attitudes that you will need to set and hold to achieve the climb.

Your starter package will be broken down into three components:

Lesson One
Effects of control.

Lesson Two
Straight and level.

Lesson Three
Climbing and descending.

  • 3 x 1 hour Flight Lessons
  • Temporary RA-Aus Membership
  • 45 minutes Briefing x 3
  • 20 minutes Debriefing x 3
  • 1 Logbook
  • Price: $799 $599
  • Price is inclusive of landing fees & GST

Scenic Flight Experience

Scenic Flight Experience

Boeing 737NG Flight Simulator

The simulator is based on the Boeing 737NG. It is designed specifically as an entry level training device with capability for deployment as a retail experience simulator. It provides a superb environment that replicates a modern twin jet environment.

 

Key Features:
  • Fully enclosed cockpit
  • Full functioning avionics and computers – FMCs, autopilots and auto-throttles
  • 180° external visuals that accurately represent the terrain to photo realistic quality
  • 24,000 airports to fly in and out of
  • Countless flight tracks and routes can be flown anywhere in the world
  • The ability to fly around any landmark from London Bridge to the Sydney Opera House
  • Seats up to three people (as well as the simulator instructor) on the flight deck
Other Features:
  • Fixed base glass synthetic cockpit
  • Includes Instructor console work station
  • Instructor Station uses a Windows(R) environment
  • High-fidelity 180 night/day visuals accurately representing airports, weather and terrain
  • Smith’s style Flight Management System (FMC), Boeing style Primary Flight Display (PFD), Navigation Display (ND) and Engine Display Units
  • Full functioning flight deck systems, including MCP, FMC/CDU, AFDS, GPWS
  • Upper Display Unit (Upper DU) displays include: N1 Indicators, EGT Indicators, Fuel Flow Indicators, Fuel Quantity Indicators, Fuel Alert Indicators and Crew Alert
  • Lower Display Unit (Lower DU) displays include: N2 Indicators, Fuel Flow Indicators, Oil Pressure Indicators, Oil Temperature Indicators, Oil Quantity Indicators and Engine Vibration Indicators
  • The visual system is capable of rendering: day, night, dawn and dusk visuals, selectable special effects, fog, haze, sun glare. Airport lighting detail includes taxiway markings, runway edge, runway centreline and taxiway lighting, runway heading indicators, touchdown zone, threshold markings, approach guidance lighting and approach lead-in lighting.
  • The throttle console has the following features: Motorised Thrust Levers, Thrust Reverse Levers, Flap Lever with Go Around Gates, Motorised Speed Brake Lever, TO/GA Switch, A/T Disconnect Switches, Moving Stabiliser Trim Wheels and Pointers, Fuel Control Switches and Park Brake.

 

Regulatory Qualification Level:

NZ CAA (New Zealand) The device has limited instrument rating approvals

CASA (Australia) The device has limited instrument rating approvals

DCA (Thailand) – Level 6 Approval

Special Offers

Special offers

FAQ

How much does learning to fly cost?

Detailed cost breakdowns can be found in our Courses section. During the first approximately 40 hours, each lesson will involve approximately one hour of flight time.

Do you offer full time courses?

Detailed courses can be found in our Full Time Courses section. These detailed courses wll give full breakdowns of course durations and costs.

Are there different types of licences?

You can obtain a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), or a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). A CPL is required if you intend to obtain work as a pilot. Details of paths to each licence can be found in our Courses section.

How long does it take to obtain a licence?

A private pilot licence typically takes 60-70 hours of flight time. A commercial pilot licence will take 150 hours of flight time. The time to obtain the licence is dependant on how frequently you fly, and your commitment to study. We have completed private pilot licences in as little as 6 weeks.

Will I get air sick?

This is completely dependant on the individual. Some people will have a tendency to feel air sick initially, but as time passes and you feel more confident in the aircraft the chance of feeling sick is significantly reduced.

Is there much home study involved?

For the private pilot licence a limited amount of study is required in your own time. A commercial pilot licence requires a serious commitment to complete the required exams.

How long does each lesson last?

You will normally spend around two hours at the airport – one hour in the air, the remaining hour split between classroom briefing, aircraft preparation, and a debriefing.

Where can I fly when I have my licence?

Having obtained a PPL through Airline Academy your licence will be endorsed such that you can fly through any type of airspace below 18,000ft in Australia. Your licence is an ICAO licence, and will be recognised by other member states. To fly in other ICAO countries a simple validation and check flight is normally all that is required.

What are the medical requirements to obtain a licence?

You need to be of good health to obtain a pilot medical. The RPL requires at minimum a recreational aviation medical practitioner’s certificate (RAMPC), which this medical type does have restrictions or a class 2 medical, the PPL requires a class 2 medical, and the CPL a class 1. The requirements for each medical are different, with the class 1 (CPL) being more strict. If you have any known medical conditions, or any reason to suspect you may have issues obtaining a medical, you should consult a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) prior to commencing your training. Having trained so many people over the years we have a general idea of what conditions are acceptable, and which create problems – contact us and we can try to give you general advice before making an appointment with a DAME found listed on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) website..

Can I take passengers on my lessons?

Once you have passed your Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) you are able to take passengers on most lessons. Lessons where passengers cannot be carried are generally those where simulated emergencies are practiced.

What kind of aeroplane will I fly?

Most of our students choose to learn to fly in a current generation Cessna aircraft and Tecnam 2006T.

There are many flying schools, why should I pick the Airline Academy?

Airline Academy is not the cheapest flying school in Australia, nor do we aim to be. We have a superior product and believe our service and dedication to you is second to none. We encourage you to visit other flying schools before coming to us so you can see the difference for yourself.

At what age should I start my flying lessons?

Your first solo flight cannot be achieved until you are 15 years of age. With this, the earliest we recommend you should start flying lessons would typically be 13 or 14 years of age.

Am I too old to learn how to fly?

In recent times we had a student pilot achieve his first solo flight at age 83. As long as you are fit enough to pass an aviation medical, you’re never too old to learn to fly!

Do I need to be studying maths or physics at school?

You do not need to study physics or maths at school to obtain a pilot licence. Having this knowledge certainly does help, but is in no way a requirement. If you wish to become an airline pilot you may need both physics and maths – both are typically an entry requirement. Individual airline recruiting websites will list requirements.

Who will conduct my training?

All your training will be conducted by a fully qualified commercial pilot who holds a flight instructor rating. You can elect to keep the same instructor for all your lessons, or choose more than one instructor for more flexibility in making bookings – the option is yours.

Is flying safe?

Generally speaking flying is as safe as you make it, there are however inherent dangers with the activity. During your training you will be equipped with all the necessary flying and decision making skills to ensure any non-normal situation is handled effectively.

I am colour blind, can I be a pilot?

Typically you can obtain a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence when colour blind. You should seek specific guidance directly from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) or a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) listed on their website. Some airlines and the military may impose more strict medical requirements than those of the class 1 medical required for a CPL.

What are the minimum requirements for airline employment?

For direct entry to most airlines you will require a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), and typically theory credits for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Airlines will publish their minimum criteria for pilot applications on their website.

If the engine was to fail in a single-engine aircraft, what happens?

The aircraft will glide and is under control of the pilot. Such an event is a very rare occurrence and most pilots in their flying life will never experience it. Your training is conducted at Camden and in the associated training area – as such there are many large fields available for landing.

Once qualified, how long is my licence valid for?

Your licence is perpetual – it never expires! You will however be required to pass a medical every 1-2 years, and pass a flight review every 2 years.

How do I get started?

Drop in to have a look around or contact us book a Trial Instructional Flight.

Unanswered Questions?

If you have any questions that this FAQ has been unable to answer please click here.

Griffith University Courses

Degree Program Objectives

The Aviation industry is increasingly demanding commercial pilots to possess University-level qualifications. The Griffith University, in conjunction with approved flight training providers like the RQAC, has developed an integrated Aviation Degree program that aims to develop skills and competence in aviation theory and airmanship skills. The Degree program is structured to enable students to obtain the necessary CASA licences to qualify as a Commercial Pilot and cover tertiary subjects in the areas of Science, Business and Aviation.

Course Flying Training

The RQAC is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment and Training (DET). Training is delivered using nationally recognised training packages and in accordance with CASA Day VFR Syllabus.
In accordance with the Griffith University’s School of Aviation, all GU students will need to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (theory and practical) and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating and the theory components of Airline Transport Pilot Licence to fulfill the aviation component of the Degree program.

Financial Cost

Your training at the RQAC may be GST exempt. The cost of your training at the RQAC is dependent on the type of aircraft used, the career option chosen and the number of hours required to achieve competency.

Other ancillary costs include CASA Class 1 Medical, uniforms, training aids, books, maps and AirServices publications.

Financial Assistance

RQAC’s pilot training courses are registered with CENTRELINK and you may be eligible for financial assistance e.g., Youth Assist or AUSTUDY​

+ Trial Introductory Flight

Trial Introductory Flight

The first step in taking up flying, as a career or just for pleasure, is to undertake a Trial Instructional Flight, or TIF. This trial flight will assist you, often along with a few initial lessons, to decide whether you want to continue flying training. Your instructor will also be able to make an assessment of your potential to handle an aircraft and advise you accordingly.

The Airline Academy offers TIFs by appointment.

This is your chance to check us out; to meet some of the instructors, tour our facilities, to see and feel what it is like to fly one of our aircraft hands-on.

A Trial Instructional Flight includes:

  • A tour of our fleet and facilities
  • Your own flying instructor who can answer your questions
  • Demonstration of a pre-flight inspection
  • A basic explanation of the aircraft instruments and controls
  • Taxying and flying the aircraft under the guidance of your instructor
  • 25 minutes flight lesson in a Cessna 172N model aircraft (can be logged as an actual flying lesson)
  • A debrief on completion of the flight
  • Free package of information on flying training

There is no obligation to commence flying training after a TIF!

+ Starter Package

Learn to Fly | Starter Package

If you’re sure aviation is for you but you’re not quite ready to commit to a full course.
The Learn to Fly- Starter Package is a great place to start. Here you will complete your first three lessons
and develop your basic aviation skills. Each lesson will be recorded in your logbook and hours can be counted
for Recreational Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot Licence.

Effects of Control
First you will start in the classroom and cover the theory of the basic effects of control, then step a real dual controlled aircraft and demonstrate how an aircraft behaves in the air, what happens when the aircraft slows down, speeds up, climbs, descends, how to read your altitude, airspeed and much more.

Straight & Level 
Straight and Level is your second lesson and the most often used. Once you have completed the takeoff and climbed out of the airport, you will be looking forward to level off at an altitude and cruise for however long you want before coming down to land. This takes up maximum time of your flying experience and is considered one of the most enjoyable parts of flying.

Climbing & Descending
In this lesson you will learn different ways to achieve a climb and descend. After takeoff the first thing you will do is climb out and depending on circumstances, like obstacles and runway length, you will choose to climb out at different attitudes. You will learn 3 types of climbs, best angle of climb, best rate of climb and cruise climb. On ground you will learn different application of these and how to achieve it. Attitudes that you will need to set and hold to achieve the climb.

Your starter package will be broken down into three components:

Lesson One
Effects of control.

Lesson Two
Straight and level.

Lesson Three
Climbing and descending.

  • 3 x 1 hour Flight Lessons
  • Temporary RA-Aus Membership
  • 45 minutes Briefing x 3
  • 20 minutes Debriefing x 3
  • 1 Logbook
  • Price: $799 $599
  • Price is inclusive of landing fees & GST
+ Scenic Flight Experience

Scenic Flight Experience

Scenic Flight Experience

+ Flight Simulator 737NG

Boeing 737NG Flight Simulator

The simulator is based on the Boeing 737NG. It is designed specifically as an entry level training device with capability for deployment as a retail experience simulator. It provides a superb environment that replicates a modern twin jet environment.

 

Key Features:
  • Fully enclosed cockpit
  • Full functioning avionics and computers – FMCs, autopilots and auto-throttles
  • 180° external visuals that accurately represent the terrain to photo realistic quality
  • 24,000 airports to fly in and out of
  • Countless flight tracks and routes can be flown anywhere in the world
  • The ability to fly around any landmark from London Bridge to the Sydney Opera House
  • Seats up to three people (as well as the simulator instructor) on the flight deck
Other Features:
  • Fixed base glass synthetic cockpit
  • Includes Instructor console work station
  • Instructor Station uses a Windows(R) environment
  • High-fidelity 180 night/day visuals accurately representing airports, weather and terrain
  • Smith’s style Flight Management System (FMC), Boeing style Primary Flight Display (PFD), Navigation Display (ND) and Engine Display Units
  • Full functioning flight deck systems, including MCP, FMC/CDU, AFDS, GPWS
  • Upper Display Unit (Upper DU) displays include: N1 Indicators, EGT Indicators, Fuel Flow Indicators, Fuel Quantity Indicators, Fuel Alert Indicators and Crew Alert
  • Lower Display Unit (Lower DU) displays include: N2 Indicators, Fuel Flow Indicators, Oil Pressure Indicators, Oil Temperature Indicators, Oil Quantity Indicators and Engine Vibration Indicators
  • The visual system is capable of rendering: day, night, dawn and dusk visuals, selectable special effects, fog, haze, sun glare. Airport lighting detail includes taxiway markings, runway edge, runway centreline and taxiway lighting, runway heading indicators, touchdown zone, threshold markings, approach guidance lighting and approach lead-in lighting.
  • The throttle console has the following features: Motorised Thrust Levers, Thrust Reverse Levers, Flap Lever with Go Around Gates, Motorised Speed Brake Lever, TO/GA Switch, A/T Disconnect Switches, Moving Stabiliser Trim Wheels and Pointers, Fuel Control Switches and Park Brake.

 

Regulatory Qualification Level:

NZ CAA (New Zealand) The device has limited instrument rating approvals

CASA (Australia) The device has limited instrument rating approvals

DCA (Thailand) – Level 6 Approval

+ Special Offers

Special Offers

Special offers

+ FAQ

FAQ

How much does learning to fly cost?

Detailed cost breakdowns can be found in our Courses section. During the first approximately 40 hours, each lesson will involve approximately one hour of flight time.

Do you offer full time courses?

Detailed courses can be found in our Full Time Courses section. These detailed courses wll give full breakdowns of course durations and costs.

Are there different types of licences?

You can obtain a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), or a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). A CPL is required if you intend to obtain work as a pilot. Details of paths to each licence can be found in our Courses section.

How long does it take to obtain a licence?

A private pilot licence typically takes 60-70 hours of flight time. A commercial pilot licence will take 150 hours of flight time. The time to obtain the licence is dependant on how frequently you fly, and your commitment to study. We have completed private pilot licences in as little as 6 weeks.

Will I get air sick?

This is completely dependant on the individual. Some people will have a tendency to feel air sick initially, but as time passes and you feel more confident in the aircraft the chance of feeling sick is significantly reduced.

Is there much home study involved?

For the private pilot licence a limited amount of study is required in your own time. A commercial pilot licence requires a serious commitment to complete the required exams.

How long does each lesson last?

You will normally spend around two hours at the airport – one hour in the air, the remaining hour split between classroom briefing, aircraft preparation, and a debriefing.

Where can I fly when I have my licence?

Having obtained a PPL through Airline Academy your licence will be endorsed such that you can fly through any type of airspace below 18,000ft in Australia. Your licence is an ICAO licence, and will be recognised by other member states. To fly in other ICAO countries a simple validation and check flight is normally all that is required.

What are the medical requirements to obtain a licence?

You need to be of good health to obtain a pilot medical. The RPL requires at minimum a recreational aviation medical practitioner’s certificate (RAMPC), which this medical type does have restrictions or a class 2 medical, the PPL requires a class 2 medical, and the CPL a class 1. The requirements for each medical are different, with the class 1 (CPL) being more strict. If you have any known medical conditions, or any reason to suspect you may have issues obtaining a medical, you should consult a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) prior to commencing your training. Having trained so many people over the years we have a general idea of what conditions are acceptable, and which create problems – contact us and we can try to give you general advice before making an appointment with a DAME found listed on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) website..

Can I take passengers on my lessons?

Once you have passed your Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) you are able to take passengers on most lessons. Lessons where passengers cannot be carried are generally those where simulated emergencies are practiced.

What kind of aeroplane will I fly?

Most of our students choose to learn to fly in a current generation Cessna aircraft and Tecnam 2006T.

There are many flying schools, why should I pick the Airline Academy?

Airline Academy is not the cheapest flying school in Australia, nor do we aim to be. We have a superior product and believe our service and dedication to you is second to none. We encourage you to visit other flying schools before coming to us so you can see the difference for yourself.

At what age should I start my flying lessons?

Your first solo flight cannot be achieved until you are 15 years of age. With this, the earliest we recommend you should start flying lessons would typically be 13 or 14 years of age.

Am I too old to learn how to fly?

In recent times we had a student pilot achieve his first solo flight at age 83. As long as you are fit enough to pass an aviation medical, you’re never too old to learn to fly!

Do I need to be studying maths or physics at school?

You do not need to study physics or maths at school to obtain a pilot licence. Having this knowledge certainly does help, but is in no way a requirement. If you wish to become an airline pilot you may need both physics and maths – both are typically an entry requirement. Individual airline recruiting websites will list requirements.

Who will conduct my training?

All your training will be conducted by a fully qualified commercial pilot who holds a flight instructor rating. You can elect to keep the same instructor for all your lessons, or choose more than one instructor for more flexibility in making bookings – the option is yours.

Is flying safe?

Generally speaking flying is as safe as you make it, there are however inherent dangers with the activity. During your training you will be equipped with all the necessary flying and decision making skills to ensure any non-normal situation is handled effectively.

I am colour blind, can I be a pilot?

Typically you can obtain a Private or Commercial Pilot Licence when colour blind. You should seek specific guidance directly from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) or a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) listed on their website. Some airlines and the military may impose more strict medical requirements than those of the class 1 medical required for a CPL.

What are the minimum requirements for airline employment?

For direct entry to most airlines you will require a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), and typically theory credits for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Airlines will publish their minimum criteria for pilot applications on their website.

If the engine was to fail in a single-engine aircraft, what happens?

The aircraft will glide and is under control of the pilot. Such an event is a very rare occurrence and most pilots in their flying life will never experience it. Your training is conducted at Camden and in the associated training area – as such there are many large fields available for landing.

Once qualified, how long is my licence valid for?

Your licence is perpetual – it never expires! You will however be required to pass a medical every 1-2 years, and pass a flight review every 2 years.

How do I get started?

Drop in to have a look around or contact us book a Trial Instructional Flight.

Unanswered Questions?

If you have any questions that this FAQ has been unable to answer please click here.

+ Griffith University

Griffith University Courses

Degree Program Objectives

The Aviation industry is increasingly demanding commercial pilots to possess University-level qualifications. The Griffith University, in conjunction with approved flight training providers like the RQAC, has developed an integrated Aviation Degree program that aims to develop skills and competence in aviation theory and airmanship skills. The Degree program is structured to enable students to obtain the necessary CASA licences to qualify as a Commercial Pilot and cover tertiary subjects in the areas of Science, Business and Aviation.

Course Flying Training

The RQAC is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment and Training (DET). Training is delivered using nationally recognised training packages and in accordance with CASA Day VFR Syllabus.
In accordance with the Griffith University’s School of Aviation, all GU students will need to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (theory and practical) and Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating and the theory components of Airline Transport Pilot Licence to fulfill the aviation component of the Degree program.

Financial Cost

Your training at the RQAC may be GST exempt. The cost of your training at the RQAC is dependent on the type of aircraft used, the career option chosen and the number of hours required to achieve competency.

Other ancillary costs include CASA Class 1 Medical, uniforms, training aids, books, maps and AirServices publications.

Financial Assistance

RQAC’s pilot training courses are registered with CENTRELINK and you may be eligible for financial assistance e.g., Youth Assist or AUSTUDY​

What our students say about the Airline Academy of Australia

The Academy is a large, reliable flight school with a rich aviation heritage. The facilities are extensive and the instructors are calm, patient and professional. My training experience at the Academy and living in Brisbane has been very positive!

Gerardo, CPL Student

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