- Trial and Introductory Flight (TIF)
- Recreational Pilot Certificat
- Aircraft familiarization
- Passenger Endorsement
- Cross-country (navigation) Endorsement
- Formation Flying Endorsement
- In Flight Adjustable Propeller Endorsement
- Retractable Undercarriage Endorsement
- GA to RA-Aus conversion course
- Bi-annual Flight Reviews (BFR)
- Hire and Fly
Trial Introductory Flight (TIF)
Many people begin with a Trial Instructional Flight (TIF). A Trial Instructional Flight allows you to take the controls – with guidance from one of our experienced instructors – and actually fly the aircraft! In addition, your Trial Instructional Flight comes with temporary (1 day) membership to the Gold Coast Sports Flying Club, allowing you to use the wonderful facilities of the Club and you are issued with a (free) temporary RA-Aus membership (valid for 30 days or 3 hours of flying)
Once you are sure that you would like to obtain your aviation qualification, you can enrol for a Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC), thereafter, you can progress to various endorsements (e.g. Cross Country, Passenger Carrying, etc.). You can achieve standards associated with your requirements.
Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC).
The RPC lets you:
- Fly a recreational aircraft (or Light Sport Aircraft – LSA) with a maximum take-off weight of 600kg.
- Operate within a radius of 25 nautical miles (just under 50km) of the aerodrome from where you initially take off, during day VFR (Visual Flight Rules) conditions
- Take a friend or family member along as a passenger (once you’ve obtained your passenger-carrying endorsement)
- Fly anywhere in Australia – outside of controlled airspace – once you have obtained your cross-country (or navigation) endorsement
- Accumulate your flying hours and experience which can be used towards higher levels of certification (such as the Recreational Pilot License, Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, etc).
Once you have achieved your RPC, then you may wish to undertake your passenger- carrying endorsement and your cross-country endorsement.
Requirements to obtain your Recreational Pilot Certificate
- RAA membership – we assist with your application
- English proficiency – read, write and verbal communication
- Good general health
- Minimum age: 15 years
Passing of your theory exams – In addition to the comprehensive theory briefings, your instructors will provide additional resources (online + printed) to assist you.
Your flying lessons
Your flying lessons are carefully structured to help you develop the range of skills and knowledge necessary to ensure that you can operate and fly a recreational aircraft competently, safely and responsibly. As such, we encourage you to engage in your flying lessons as often as both practical and possible, which will minimise the learning time and costs considerably.
The RA-Aus Syllabus of Flight Training is used as the basis of our flying training. The syllabus mandates a minimum of 20 hours to achieve your RPC (15 hours dual instruction + 5 hours solo flying), but our experience has shown that around 25 hours is a more realistic “average”.