We have the most experienced pilot instructors in Port Macquarie
GA and RAAus
EAS Flight Training offer both GA and RAAus flight training - we do both!
LEARN TO FLY !
We also offer a range of flying lessons to suit your needs.
Check the details below on our special 30 minute Trial Flights.
GETTING STARTED - 30 MINUTE TRIAL FLIGHT
A Trial Instructional Flight is always a good place to start. You will learn about the controls of your aircraft, as well as get to try your hand at flying the aircraft under supervision of a qualified flight instructor on a 30 minute flight.
This is a great opportunity to see how you like flying. Continuing your flight training to your first licence level you will learn all aspects of flying an aircraft, fly your first solo flight, perform multiple sessions of solo take-off and landings, perform multiple solo flights away from the airport in the training area.
Prior to your first solo you will need to undergo a medical examination and obtain an aviation medical certificate.
1. TRIAL INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT - TIF
Feel what it is like to take the controls and fly!
A Trial Instructional Flight (TIF) is generally about 30 minutes under the close supervision of a professionally trained flying instructor.
What to expect:
Tour of our facilities
Hands-on preflight inspection
Basic explanation of the aircraft instruments and controls
Guided lesson on how to taxi the aircraft
Flying the aircraft under the guidance of your instructor
Your 30 minutes can be logged and counted towards a pilot licence
Debrief on completion
Opportunity for you to ask further questions
2. RAAus – RECREATIONAL PILOT CERTIFICATE (RPC)
The recreational pilot certificate (RPC) is for pilots who would like to fly 2 seat aircraft for recreational pleasure. The RPC only requires the medical standard to be equal to that required to drive a motor vehicle, making it more achievable for some pilots.
The minimum training required is 20 hours, however most student pilots take on average 30 -35 hours. Once issued the RPC will allow the holder to fly within 25 nm of the departure aerodrome. An optional navigation endorsement is available if you wish to fly beyond 25nm.
If you later decide to upgrade to a CASA licence, your hours in recreational aircraft count towards a CASA licence to fly larger general aviation aircraft. Many pilots who started off with recreational aviation are now flying in the airlines and the military.
3. RECREATIONAL PILOTS LICENCE - RPL
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) require a minimum of 25 hours flying time before you can progress to a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL).
In practice most students require between 30-40 hours of flight training before they are ready to undertake the RPL flight test.
Having obtained your RPL you are permitted to fly “in command” (without an instructor) within the flying training area. This area encompasses coastal areas of Port Macquarie.
On receiving your RPL you are now permitted to carry passengers on most of your flights – be it “in command” or under instruction.
4. PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE - PPL
To obtain your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) you will undertake navigational training exercises over approximately 20 hours of flight time. You will fly to many locations as part of your training.
CASA requires a minimum of 40 hours total flying time before you can sit your PPL flight test. In practice most students require approximately 55-56 hours of total flight time to be adequately prepared for the PPL flight test.
With your PPL you can fly anywhere in Australia, and most places in the world!
5. COMMERCIAL PILOTS LICENCE - CPL
Many students with no aspirations of becoming a “commercial pilot” elect to obtain their CPL. There are a number of reasons why - GST free flying up to 150 hours, including recreational flying, all of your flying as a Private Pilot can be counted towards a CPL, increased flying proficiency and knowledge, making you a more experienced pilot.
A number of ratings and endorsements can be included within the 150 hours, there is no set time period to obtain a CPL, do it at your own pace.
Whatever the motivation, a Commercial Pilot Licence is worth considering. To be entitled to undertake the 150 hour course you need to inform us of your intention to train towards a CPL in the early hours of your training. Students that have obtained their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) often accumulate the required 150 hours by exploring the countryside with friends and family.
Obtaining ratings and endorsements including night rating, multi-engine rating, command instrument rating, aerobatic approval and others also help build the required fight time. Your Commercial Pilot Licence may be your career pathway to our Charter Business.
WANT MORE INFORMATION ON PILOT TRAINING?
NIGHT VFR RATING
SINGLE AND MULTI-ENGINE INSTRUMENT RATINGS
DESIGN FEATURE ENDORSEMENTS
SAFETY PILOT COURSE
FEAR OF FLYING COURSE
FLOAT PLANE ENDORSEMENT
LOW LEVEL FLYING