SO ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT LEARNING TO FLY?
Learning to fly takes you on a completely new adventure. There is so much more to do when you are a pilot in command (PIC) and there is very little, if any, idle time. The concentration and attention to detail needed in the cockpit stirs the human creative juices and places you in another world. You are completely in charge and in control of your own little piece of the airway you are travelling within and relishing the challenges that present themselves as the flight progresses.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A PILOT?
The Coffs Harbour Aero Club can make it happen for you as soon as you decide to become a RAA student pilot. The time taken to obtain your licence can depend on a number of factors. Whether you consider taking on a full time or part time (ie ad-hoc) training course will ultimately determine the length of time you spend training. On a full time basis you could have your Restricted Pilot’s Certificate after approximately 35 hours, you can complete these hours as fast as you wish depending on your own ability. Its not unheard of for pilots to proceed quickly through a license i.e 6 weeks, if they set their mind to it. However you can also pace yourself for longer periods if you wish to suit yourself or a budget.
HOW DO YOU ADVANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
The Restricted Level Pilot’s Certificate will allow you to fly solo into the training areas that surround Coffs Harbour Airport. To qualify to fly outside those restricted areas you will need to continue on with a 10 hours cross country flying course. On successful completion the student is then eligible for the Unrestricted Pilot’s Certificate, which allows you to fly anywhere over the mainland of Australia and nearby islands.
WHAT OTHER CRITERIA MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT TO BECOME A PILOT?
As well as the Flying Course, the student will take on a ground study theory course. This involves studying Principles of Flight and other basic aeronautical knowledge to begin with, then passing a test paper on that knowledge plus the basics of radio communications and elements of air law that you will use during your training. This prepares you for your first solo and gets you to the first level, the Restricted Pilot’s Certificate.
The next level (Unrestricted Pilot’s Certificate) also involves the successful completion of a ground theory course on air navigation, meteorology, airplane performance and air law.
WHAT EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED?
If you are or have been an average student at school with reasonable background knowledge in Physics, mathematics, and English, the course is well within your scope. Home study courses using very well designed textbooks are available through the Aero Club. If your academic background needs a little polishing up classroom theory training is also available.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost of your training will be a significant factor in your decision-making. Coffs Harbour Aero Club can help you achieve your dream, for a REASONABLE cost. It will depend on how often you fly and how long it will take you to progress through the Flying and Training Syllabus. Coffs Harbour and District Aero Club offer very competitive rates for student training.
A typical price guide for obtaining a Restricted Pilot’s Certificate could be as follows:
- R.A.Aus Student Membership: $160.00
- Flying Training: 35 hours @ $170.00 per hour (see current rate) = $5950.00
- Ground Theory Course (in class): 10 weeks @ $20.00 per session = $200.00
- Ground Course Manual: $88.00
- Pilot Accessories/Incidentals: $100.00
- TOTAL: $6498.00*
*The above price is an estimate only and may vary