This course is designed to give you the operational capability required at entry level to the aviation industry as a commercial pilot on light piston aeroplanes. As well as meeting the training requirements specified by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority), the course includes additional practical elements developed by the school in consultation with the user industry. The course includes a Night VFR Rating, and is also tailored to meet as many of the requirements for the Instrument Rating (IR) as possible.
The course cost is $67,000 AUD (PPL Incl.)
The course is planned on a minimum total of 200 hours. For students with previous experience, a specific programme is designed to ensure the goals of the course are achieved and regulatory requirements met.
Ab-initio training is conducted in a T6 Airtourer. Once basic handling skills are mastered, you will progress to a PAC CT4E for navigation and intermediate training, including a NVFR rating, advanced training including MPPC (Manual Pitch Propeller Control, or Constant Speed Unit) and Retractable Gear endorsements, Formation, Aerobatics etc.
Navigation training progresses from uncontrolled airspace to Class C controlled airspace at International and Military airports. Basic instrument flying training is also introduced in the CT4/E
The Commercial Pilot Licence flight test is conducted in the CT4/E.
Theoretical knowledge training in the form of lectures and flight briefings is integrated with the practical training throughout the course.
During basic training (up to PPL level), theory is integrated with flying training on a daily basis. For those unable to attend a full-time ground school, a significant amount of self-study is required. Additional ground school is provided prior to sitting the PPL theory exam, which is undertaken on site.
The full time CPL ground school consists of seven 1-week periods, each focusing on an individual CPL subject (Aerodynamics, Aircraft General Knowledge, Human Factors, Law, Navigation, Performance and Meteorology). After a week’s revision the corresponding exam is undertaken in Bankstown. Ground school weeks alternate with flying weeks to complete the CPL ground school over a total of 14 weeks.