I'd love to fly but I don't think I'm smart enough..

I'm not sure what licence I want?

So what do I need to do to get a pilot licence?

Do I need to do anything before I start?

What will all this cost me?

 

 

I'd love to fly but I don't think I'm smart enough..

 

To many people think that learning to fly and obtaining a pilot's licence is reserved for the rich and especially skillfull.

 

In reality, a private pilot license is within the reach of most people.

 

The motor skills involved are the same as we use in driving a car, working a digger or sailing a boat. You don't need a University Degree to understand the theory. You only need to understand how to apply it practically.
 

 

I'm not sure what licence I want?

 

Some of the types of Aeroplane Licences you can choose to get are:

 

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) will grant you the privlidge to fly light aircraft anywhere in Australia with passengers. It has two practical flight training test phases, with theory training running in parallel.

 

For those seeking a career in aviation, the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) will grant the holder privlidges to 'fly for hire'. It basically is a continuation of the Private Pilot Licence training with the intention of improving on the newly aquired skills and adding 'real life' general aviation charter experience. The CPL has an extra practical flight training phase and the theory training involves 7 separated subjects aimed at giving you the knowledge required to be a professional pilot.

 

The Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) follows on from the CPL. It's more akin to that of a traineeship. You will be required to obtain the required hours and skills through more practical means, such as actual industry employment. The theory training involves additional separated subjects aimed at giving you the knowledge required to be an airline pilot.

 

 

So what do I need to do to get a pilot licence?

 

The flight training test phases we offer are:

 

The General Flying Progress Test (GFPT):

The Private Pilot License Test (PPL):

Commercial Pilot License (CPL):

 

The coresponding theory can be either undertaken through a full-time course, although at the moment, the nearest is near Brisbane.

 

Alternatively you can self study the required subjects. We recommend that you purchase one of the commercially produced correspondence books, although, we can arrange supply, and if necessary arrange private tuition from one of our instructors.

 

The General Flying Progress Test (GFPT):

 

Passing this will end the first stage of your training. We conduct this in either our GAZELLE or in one of our Cessna 172 aeroplanes.

 

You will have completed one of your biggest milestones, your FIRST SOLO flight, this usually occurs after 10-15 hours and will be a day you'll never forget.

 

After honing your skills during longer solo flights, extra training with an instructor and reaching the required standard, you will be eligable to carry passengers in the local training area without an instructor on board.

 

For your initial GFPT theory training, we use and recommend:

 

- Pilot's Log Book

- VFR (Day) Study Guide 'Basic Aeronautical Knowledge' (BAK)

- Flying Training Manual

 

This along with a:

 

  • - Pre-solo air legislation exam.  
  • - Pre-area solo air legislation exam.
  • - Basic Aeronautical Knowledge exam.

 

Will get you through this first practical test.

 

The Private Pilot License Test (PPL):

 

Upon successful completion of this phase, you'll be free to to fly anywhere in Australia with passengers.

 

You'll have completed a series of seven or more exercises, with at least two of which are without an instructor. You'll have navigated over large parts of northern Queensland, landing on cattle stations, and visiting other city airports such as Townsville and Rockhampton. This is typically performed in one of our Cessna 172 aeroplanes.

 

While the CASA minimum is 40 hours, most take about 55 hours to gain their PPL.

 

For your PPL theory training, we use and recommend:

 

- VFR (Day) Study Guide 'Private Pilot Licence' (PPL)

- The Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) can also be a great help.

 

This along with a:

 

- PPL Theroy Test.  

 

Will get you through the PPL practical test.

 

Commercial Pilot License Test (CPL):

 

The flying sequences are the similar to that of the PPL training, but to a much higher standard of proficiency.

 

You will be exposed to actual general aviation charter operations, have you navigate to remote landing strips and train you to fly more complex aeroplanes.

 

On completion of the CPL flight test, you can exercise the privilages of a 'pilot for hire'.

 

While the CASA minimum is 150 hours, the pass benchmark is based on compitency rather than hours, so an individual student's final hour tally can vary markedly.

 

For your CPL theory training, we use and recommend:

 

- CPL Aerodynamics

- CPL General Knowledge

- CPL Performance

- CPL Meteorology

- CPL Navigation

- CPL Air Law

- Human Performance and Limitations

 

This along with a:

 

- 7 Theroy Tests is conducted by CASA at a nominated location.

 

Will get you through your CPL practical test.

 

Note: A pass on all 7 CPL exams also gives you credit for the PPL exam.

 

 

Do I need to do anything before I start?

 

There's absolutly nothing stopping you from starting your training today. (Except for the weather maybe..)

 

Although, before you can be sent for your first solo flight you will need to have aquired:

 

- An Aviation Reference Number (ARN)

- An Aviation Grade Medical Check

- A Sudent Pilot Licence (SPL)

- An Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

 

 

An Aviation Reference Number (ARN):

This is similar to your driver's licence number, you'll keep it for life. Anything and everything you do formerly through your flying career will reference this number. This is applied for through the CASA website.

 

 

An Aviation Grade Medical Check:

There are diferent grades of medical checks that you can have go for.

 

The grade or class of medical certificate you need before you can take your first solo flight is Class 2.

 

If you are healthy with average hearing, ok vision (may need glasses), and do not suffer from a major heart condition or diabetes, you should be able to obtain a Class 2 certificate (Private).

 

The standards for a Class 1 certificate (Commercial) are a bit higher, and the examination is more comprehensive.

 

Unfortunately, you can't just go see any doctor, they must be a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).

 

We can provide you with a list of CASA approved medical examiners.

 

You can also look them up yourself on the CASA website.

Here are the contact details for our prefered DAME, Dr. Tony Jenkins.

 

 

A Sudent Pilot Licence (SPL):

As the name suggests, this allows you to partake in flight training, more specifically the solo stuff. Consider it the equivalent to a learners permit in a car. This is applied for through the CASA website.

 

 

An Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC):

This requires a federal security check to be completed (Lots of paper work).

 

Once you recieve this card, you can access security controled areas of an airport without direct supervision. This is applied for through the CASA website.

 

 

What will all this cost me?

 

Horizon Airways does not offer fixed price courses.

 

There is no up-front fee. Instead, you pay as you fly.

 

Exact costs are difficult to predict, as tuition is charged per flying hour and different students progress at different rates.

 

In the initial stages, the cost for a lesson will be approximatley $220 to $300 per flight hour.

 

Approximate all up costs are available on request.

 

Although, costs can vary markedly, depending on the type of aircraft used.

Contact us

Want to find out more details about our curriculum, and how you can apply for a course?

 

Email us for more information

 

Call us on (07) 4957 2446

 

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Our Training Aircraft:

Listed below are the planes that we use for training:

 

Skyfox Gazelle

Cessna 172 M (180hp)

Cessna 172 SP

Cessna 206

Cessna 206 (G1000)

Mooney M20J

Cirrus SR22 G3 (Perspective)

Baron B55


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