Using the right tool for the job…
Whether you are learning to fly from the beginning, learning aerobatics, fine-tuning your aircraft handling skills, or want a fast and reliable touring aircraft, the Academy has a comprehensive and modern fleet of aircraft to do the job right!
The Australian Aerobatic Academy uses the fuel injected Robin 2160i as it’s primary training aircraft. The Robin R2000 series aircraft have been designed with flight training across the entire flight envelope as their design goal. The aircraft has good aerobatic performance, stable spin characteristics, sound general handling and predictable stall characteristics; all of which makes it a fantastic trainer. All aerobatic and primary training courses courses are conducted in the Robin, along with the AAA “UFLY!” Aerobatic flight training experience.
Pitts Special S-2A
For those looking for an aerobatic aircraft to go beyond the basics and into serious competition, the Pitts Special S-2A is the perfect platform. Capable of sustained negative “G” manoeuvres, inverted spins and with higher manoeuvrability, the S-2A is perfect for up to Intermediate category aerobatics. The Pitts S-2A is available to pilots completing our Advanced Aerobatics Courses, a low level aerobatics endorsement to 1500 ft AGL and tail-wheel endorsement.
American Champion Scout 8GCBC
The Scout 8GCBC is a true “bush” plane – a derivative of the venerable Citabria often used for tailwheel endorsement training. With a 180hp engine and Constant Speed Propeller, it has the payload, range and short field performance to go just about anywhere! The Scout is used for Tailwheel and CSU design feature endorsements and is available for hire post-endorsement.
Piper PA28R Arrow III
The Piper Arrow is a derivative of the Piper PA28 “Cherokee” family with retractable undercarriage, a constant-speed propeller and more powerful 200 hp engine. It makes for an economical touring machine with a cruise speed of 130 kts and good payload – which is why we use it for PPL Navigation Training.
VH-CEZ, or “Charlie” as she’s affectionately known, has been recently refurbished with a new interior, fresh paint and upgraded avionics. This isn’t your stock-standard 1970’s “spam can!” The Arrow is available for CSU and RU design feature endorsements, and for hire post-endorsement or PPL course graduation.
Beechcraft C33 Debonair
The Beechcraft Debonair is a four seat version of the famous Bonanza series of aircraft, known for their ruggedness, reliability and honest flying characteristics. With a 145kt cruise and good payload, the Deb’ is a comfortable long distance tourer! The Debonair is available for hire for PPL holders (or higher) with an instructor check flight.
Yakovlev “YAK 52TW”
The Yak 52TW a modern-build, tailwheel version of the Russian YAK 52 trainer. Used by the Soviets to train pilots for the Airforce of the USSR, this unique machine is available for dual air experience flights for licenced or student pilots wanting to try something different, and is also available for adventure flights through Air Combat Experience Sydney (ACES).