Training Services

What is involved in learning to fly?

There are two key aspects to learning to fly:


Your practical lessons are structured, so you confidently manoeuvres and handling more challenging situations. Depending on the level you are aiming for, there is a structured program of flying lessons to achieve your goal.

Aviation Theory

You will study the principles of flying, through a structured program of lessons, according to the qualification you are aiming for. 

You need to pass oral and written exams and practical flight tests as you progress through the various stages of your training.

Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL)

Our flying program will take you from your first lesson through to gaining your Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL). Being a family-owned business, we believe that customer service is second only to your safety, and working smarter is the key to success; yours and ours.

This course will allow you to fly whenever the weather is fine at your home airport or hire an aircraft while you are on holiday and conduct a scenic tour of the area.

All flying is conducted in our Piper Tomahawk (VH-AYD). This purpose-built training aircraft, designed to give the student clear feedback as well as being fun to fly.


Theory is broken down into three phases:
1. Phase One - Pre-Solo
2. Phase Two - Training Area Solo
3. Phase Three - Gaining your RPL


At the completion of your flying training there is a 1.5 hour flight test. This is conducted in house by Smartair's Chief Flying Instructor and is included in the 35-hour course. 


Smartair's training syllabus includes 35 hours flight time which is a little more than the CASA minimum. In our experience, this is a more realistic time to reach the required standard. The syllabus includes 7hrs solo and a 1.5-hour flight test.

Flying training is competency-based, meaning students must meet a prescribed standard to progress through the course. Some remedial training may be required, at additional cost to ensure we produce safe and competent aviators.


Private Pilots Licence (PPL)

Private Pilots Licence
How much does it cost?

Approximately $16,750 (inc GST) including aircraft hire, classroom time, books and equipment, and examination and license issue fees.

How much study will l need to do?

The course will require around 273 hours of study. Each lesson requires around 3 hours study prior.

How long will it take?

The PPL takes most people approx 12 months studying part-time.


Where to once you have completed your PPL?

Many pilots are happy to and are very satisfied with their VFR pilots licence, however if you have
the 'aviation bug' and wish to continue to develop your skills and abilities then the following may interest. 

Night VFR - Training to fly at night under visual meteorological conditions. You'll cover ground theory, nav-aid training, night circuits and cross-country navigational exercises. NVFR is not available for RPL pilots however PPL and CPL pilots are able to gain the rating. 

Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) - The CPL is the essential step in your career path if you want to earn a living as a professional pilot, as it allows you to be paid to fly.

Private IFR (PIFR) - Learn how to manage all weather situations. The Private IFR (PIFR) allows the holder to act as a pilot in command of flights under the Instrument Flight Rules by day in differing meteorological conditions. The course focuses initially on en-route segments including the student building on FPAs (Flight Procedure approvals). There is an exam that forms part of training. 

Command Instrument Rating (CIR) - The CIR allows the holder to act as pilot in command of flights and demands a high degree of training. The course focuses on building your proficiency in navigating en-route, instrument approached and flying in different meteorological conditions. Like PIFR, there is also an exam that forms part of the training.

Tail Wheel Endorsement - Your licence is endorsed to certify you are capable of flying tail wheel aircraft, which are generally more challenging to fly.

Endorsements - Endorsements allow you to fly aircraft with specific design features, e.g. multi-engine, retractable undercarriage, variable pitch propeller. Please contact us if you require training for a particular endorsement, other than the ones mentioned.

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